Put down that bronzer and orange lipgloss, bellas! We’ve stalked the red carpet and runways to find the hottest hair and makeup trends for you to experiment with this autumn, and they are hot with a capital H. The best part? These five killer looks can easily be adapted for ‘real’ life, meaning they’re accessible for us mere mortals. Ready, steady, glow.
Red, Red Wine
The cooler weather means it’s time to ditch the corals and fuchsias and walk a moodier line, with dark, dramatic lips. Think the blackberry on show at Dior, or Naomi Watts’ ruby red Oscars’ hue. It’s all about dipping into vampy shades of merlot and burgundy, keeping the rest of your look pared back. Your new-season muse? Awards-season Rooney Mara. Just remember to keep the lip balm at bay, as inky shades play up parched pouts.
Channel flapper style with foxy finger waves (learn how in a video tutorial here), as seen at the likes of Gucci, Stella McCartney and more. While creating an entire head of retro waves takes quite a bit of work, many designers kept the look modern with the focus on the fringe and simpler styling at back. Go full throttle Gatsby or modernise yours by pairing with this year’s gangbuster-style: the sleek pony.
From the tricked-up tresses at Marc Jacobs to eyebrow accents at Giambattista Valli and Burberry’s decadent dusting of the sparkly stuff, the recent international runways were awash with that party-gal favourite, glitter. This time round, glitter’s all grown up, so keep it chic in shades of molten metal or dark, moody hues. Pro-tip: do you eye makeup first, so you can easily deal with any shimmery fallout.
Ditch the heavy-handed contouring and focus on achieving your healthiest skin ever. It’s about making the most of your natural assets with a nutrient-rich diet and skincare regime, then playing it up with clever use of highlighters. Illuminated, glass-like skin continues to dominate the catwalks, and it’s one of the most wearable trends around. Personalise your skincare with the latest wave of antioxidant-rich skin boosters, then work your strobing magic.
If you’re not playing up your berry lips, turn the attention to your peepers with this season’s heavy-duty, inky eye makeup. On the runways, it was matte black shadow to the max at Moschino and Cavalli, while kohl liner rimmed models’ eyes at Sportmax and graphic wings were on display at Kenzo. From Kerry Washington’s precision feline flick to Saoirse’s shadow and liner smoke-out at the Oscars, it’s eyes on the prize this autumn.