For my last part of #AUTUMNAPPROACHES I wanted to experiment with some of most popular AW14 trends from the catwalk and show you how easy they are to wear day-to-day. The main looks that cropped up again and again included flawless porcelain skin, 60’s doll eyes, big brows, metallic effect, smudged under-eye liner and, of course, lots of blue.
A lot of these looks work well together so I have done a little mash-up for three ways to wear some of the main trends, and they’ll suit any type of beauty addict – be it those who like to wear less products or those who love to experiment more.
Fresh Porcelain Skin, Doll Eyes + Big Brows
For a fresh-faced, easy look to rock, this is the way to go for AW14. By laying off the blush and bronzer, you create a very soft and subtle appearance to the face which is easy to wear all day long. A light base is best here, although you can just use a light hand on a full coverage foundation, but leave the eyes bare besides lashing of mascara at the outer corners for a fluttery look and the well-filled powder eyebrows, so all you’ll need is just slick on a nude balm for a cool look that will emphasis you’re natural beauty.
Metallics + Glowing Skin
Summer skin is technically here to stay, but it’s just got a bit more sparkly. The catwalks were teamed with heavily metallic lids and lips with great contouring and highlight for a more defined natural look that would catch anyone’s eye. It’s also been a big season for bold eyes, and the under-eye liner is no stranger to this; a modern grungy edge which adds depth and shadow to any eye-shade in a flattering way. To pull this off in a wearable fashion, stick to neutral/gold shadows on the lids with a deep shimmer in the crease. Highlight and contour is important so make sure you work those cheekbones, and finish off with a nude but shimmery lipstick for a glowing touch – Topshop and Sleek have a fabulous range of metallic based lipsticks this season, so make sure you check these out! For the smudged under-eye, I suggest a deep natural colour in a powder finish – if you’re feeling brave, rock your kohl liner underneath for the evenings, otherwise a dark brown will add a nice emphasis to your eyes whilst not making you look too panda-eyed.
Products used: As before, with additional use of Naked 1 – Virgin, Half-Baked, Smog and Darkhorse; Sleek I-Divine Au Naturel – Taupe; Rimmel Match Perfection Creamy Powder in 103 True Ivory, MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium/Dark, Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette Highlighter in Fair, Sleek True Colour Lipstick Sheen in Liqueur 775.
Bright Blue Eyes
Best til last if you ask me. This bold look is, yes, more night-time appropriate, but with the right texture and shades you can easily wear this during the day. For those less daring, some blue liner will add a pop to your peepers, but for a more blue-ming marvellous vibe you just need to hit up those palettes. If you have ever kept behind some of your old bright make-up for yesteryear it’s time to get it out again; I have an old palette from M&S which I used for this look, but from Rimmel to MAC you’ll find a blue shade for you. For a successful look, take the classic smokey eye trick and start from light blue and blending into a mid-dark blue. To make the shades brighter, primer and use a white eyeliner pencil as a base for the pigments to cling onto, and blend blend blend. A slick of liner, nude lip, and you’re good to go!
Products Used: As before, but using an M&S Eyeshadow Palette on the eyes (similar here), and MAC Myth on the lips.
As well as these major trends, autumn is also all about the dark reds and purples, deep nail colours and lots of gold tones to make you sparkle right into the winter months. You can read more about my transitional make-up and beauty in these posts here and here, and I hope this series has given you lots of inspiration for how to make your skin and beauty shine into the new year – it’s only September, but Christmas is coming ever so swiftly!
What are your favourite AW14 Beauty trends? Will you be rocking ant of these looks?
Lots of Love,