With the first throws of Autumn officially upon us, it’s time to pull out the chunky knits, dig out the comfy quilted boots and invest in some autumnal makeup. In my humble opinion, it’s the time nails go darker, lips go darker, and eyes go….well, darker. You’ll be seeing plenty of A/W makeup collections already on sale, which invariably include some variant on berry hued lips, warm bronze-brown eye palettes and vampy oxblood nail varnish ( my favourite at the mo has to Chanel, for sure – they just do seasonal collections so well!) So with this in mind I though I’d show you a couple of looks on my gorgeous model Bonnie which I think would be perfect for this season, however subtle or bold you fancy going, along with a few key products to help you get the look.
Look 1 – Soft Definition
This is mega wearable and just hints at a more defined winter eye, and this is also a great look for Office to Out as you could add a slightly stronger lip and you’d be ready for an occasion. This is a fuller more matte coverage on the base than my summer glowy makeup look, which I think most people feel they prefer during the colder months, but I’ve added some luminosity to the cheeks to ensure it still looks “skin like”.
Key products –
theBalm Meet Matte Nude palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Chocolate Dipbrow
Amazing Shine Individual Lash Flares in Short
Lancôme Teint Idole Foundation
theBalm Mary Louminizer
Bare Minerals Moxie Gloss in Survivor
This is a great look if you aren’t confident or struggle for time with liquid or black liner, as the definition around the eyes comes from the false lashes and eyeshadow, rather than liner – meaning if you worry that too much dark make your eyes feel and look smaller, this is much softer and simpler. It’s also technically easier as using a shadow for a liner is virtually error-proof! A good alternative if you fancy a little more strength would be a khaki or bronze liner, such as Illamasqua Slick Stick in Alloy.
Look 2 – Deep Vintage Glam
This look is so classic, I truly believe that you just can’t beat it. However I’m not going to lie – it’s not the easiest look in the world to execute, and you’ll need to allow plenty of time to steady your wayward hand to get your lines right, but when you get there it’s so worth it!
Key Products –
Illamasqua Illustrator Pen
Chanel Bronze Universal
Mac Diva Lipstick
Mac Currant Liner
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer
With winged eyeliner, it’s all about finding the right product that works for you – some will make life easy, and some will be virtually impossible, and that does vary from person to person. Generally the drier the product, the more likely it is to drag, so if you have hooded eyes or more crepey skin try a fluid liquid liner or ensure you regularly replace your gel liner and clean your brush with each use – old product will be drier and harder to use. I always look down in to the mirror, or get my clients to look down whilst I’m applying liner, as this tightens the skin of the eye lid, and makes it far easier to produce a neat line. If you struggle with your flicks, try Shadow Shields – these are a great little cheat to a perfect wing, as you can use them like a template, simply peeling away when you are finished to reveal a super neat line.
For dark lips, I cannot stress enough how much you should use a liner – it will make your life so much easier, stop bleed and prolong wear. Try filling the entire lip with a corresponding lip liner and then layer lip colour on top – this will stain the lips, giving a long lasting effect. If you have a wobble during your lipline, or want a crisp finish to the lip, use a little concealer on a lip brush to tidy any mistakes around the outer edges. If you have thin or smaller lips, a very dark colour will enhance the shape and make that feel more prominent, so you might want to choose a more subtle berry coloured stain for a softer effect, or a gloss which will help to add volume to the lips. You could try the Balm Stainiac, a great multi purpose product for cheeks and lips.
Look 3 – All Out Smoke
For glam lovers amongst you, this is the one – bold and smoky cat eyes with a gorgeous nude lip. This is actually just a variation on both of the above looks – I simply built up on the eyes with a matte black shadow, and added black liner to the waterline, so it was a pretty simple look to create!
All of the above plus –
Bare Minerals Round The Clock Liner in Midnight
Illamasqua Obsidian Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Maiden Lipgloss
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Nude Kate
Smoky eyes scare women because nearly everyone will have grabbed a black eyeshadow at some point, slapped it on with reckless abandon and had less than successful results. If you are a novice, step away from the black and use a soft brown to build definition along with your confidence – black is obviously very pigmented and thus the hardest colour to successfully blend. Use a softer liner inside the waterline to ensure it glides smoothly and evenly, and a firmer pencil on top for more control. The reason a lot of women dislike the look they’ve created is when the fully line top and bottom, creating a ring like effect, which makes eyes look much small. Make sure you focus most of the smokiness of the outer half of the eye, keeping the inner corner bright to make eyes look big and healthy. Oh, and blend your bottom liner with a q tip or eyeshadow – an unsoftened line is aging and looks unnatural!
So there you have it – a few hopefully helpful tips and tricks on three classic autumnal looks – I would love to see if you have a go at any of these and which is your favourite! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter ~ @lovemoimakeup ~ if you do try them or any of these products, and be sure to let me know what looks you’d like to see next! Thankyou to Bonnie for being such a gorgeous model, and my lovely friend Samantha for the photos.