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The top ten beauty trends for autumn/winter 2013

September 19th 2013 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 0 comment


Ayesha Muttucumaru reveals the ten trends you need to know about for nailing autumn and winter hair and make-up this year

We’re sad to say goodbye to the unusually warm summer but as well as reaching for that extra woolly hat to see you through the next few months, we recommend grabbing for your make-up bag in order to try out one of this season’s bevy of new beauty trends to make the transition all the more bearable.

In stark contrast to the overcast skies and heavy downpours outside, the AW13 runways were awash with vibrancy, colour and bounce thanks to hair’s new gravity-defying heights and some serious nighttime sparkle seen lighting up the catwalks.

Which look will you be sporting? We asked the beauty experts how to master some of our favourite catwalk trends and have included our picks of the best beauty buys around too. Whether it’s grunge, glamour, glitter or graphics, here are our top ten trends for making this autumn the glossiest one yet…



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Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and BCBG Max Azria

Pro tips

At Tom Ford AW13, Charlotte Tilbury’s inspiration for the chocolate smokey eye that she created was drawn from Carine Roitfeld, where the eyebrows were the main focus of the look. Tom Ford Brow Sculptor, £34 was used to create a straight and boyish shape and the contour shade in the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate palette, £55 was applied to the lids and underneath the eye for extra definition. The Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso or Onyx, £26 was then used all around the eyes, and mascara, £34 was applied to both the top and bottom lashes.

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We’re fans of the creamy textured Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Luminous Fig, £17 which blends like a dream courtesy of its zero-drag formulation and easy-to-use smudger.

For the subtlest hint of shimmer, try Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa which also boasts a super lux, silky smooth formulation, £20.50.

We also recommend L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quad in Marron Glacé, £7.99 which also includes a handy step-by-step to cover all bases from highlighting to sultry definition.



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Anna Sui, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Aminaka Wilmont

Pro Tips

If like me, your go-to beauty trick is a trusty flick of liquid liner, then you will LOVE this trend. Graphic wings were in full swing at a range of shows and we particularly loved the chic mod look created by Pat McGrath at Anna Sui. According to Pat, “Anna said that she’d love the face to be a little monochromatic and so we went with a very strong black eye wing with dots underneath, top and bottom lashes, white eyeliner inside, a little bit of blush and a healthy nude mouth.”

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The fine-tipped nib of Lancôme Artliner in Noir, £20 allows for great precision and attention to detail making easy work of attempting the stunning ‘swallow’s tail’ seen at Aminaka Wilmont. We also love L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim, £6.99 as a more purse-friendly alternative - both keep post-flick inky messiness to a minimum.

For a budge and smudge-proof kohl, look no further than Guerlain’s The Eye Pencil, £18 and for a softer way of channelling Hannah Murray’s edgy PVC punk accents at Moschino Cheap & Chic, try applying Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Colour in Black, £14 all over eyelids for a look that’s less heavy-duty but doesn’t compromise on impact.

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Pucci and Marc Jacobs

Pro tips

The power fringe is back with a vengeance but before you jump on this bang-wagon, exercise caution warns hair stylist George Northwood, “If you’re worried that you have hard features, a fringe could draw attention to them.”

If you’re contemplating going for the chop he advises, “Opt for a fringe that skims the brow, reaching the bridge of your nose and that’s rounded for a softer effect. Ask for it to be blended at the sides too to avoid a ‘schoolgirl’ looking fringe that’s disconnected to the rest of your hair. This particular style grows out really well too.” Regarding maintenance, “Blow-dry it forwards using a small rounded brush and curl under. As fringes tend to get greasy quickly, try using Redken Powder Refresh, £15.15 in between washes.”

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For a cut without the commitment try a ‘winge’ courtesy of Hershesons and their Rock Chick Clip In Winge, £30. Click here for some expert tips.

Team with the ultimate wave-maker, BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves Hair Tong, £29.99 and smooth away flyaways using Redken Diamond Oil, £23.99 which was used by hair pro Guido Palau at over 30 of his Fashion Week shows.



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Antonio Berardi, Cushnie Et Ochs and Emporio Armani

Pro tips

A classic red lip never goes out of style, but this season’s pout was given a sassy twist by layering an assortment of reds, pinks and corals to give a multi-tonal, layered effect that was part Grace Kelly part Gaga. According to Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman backstage at Antonio Berardi, “The focus of the look was the bright crimson lip with the rest of the features being very non-intentional and simplistic.” Gucci used Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral, £7.49, Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red, £7.49, ColorStay Lipliner in Red, £6.29 and a coat of Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City, £6.99 to finish.

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Giorgio Armani’s new range of Rouge Ecstasy CC lipsticks (the first of its kind) provides the best of both worlds by way of colour pay off and moisturisation. We particularly like shade 400, £25 which is ideal for any skin colour. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro, £15 also provides some after hours’ high-impact drama and has a lovely creamy-matte texture that feels great on lips too.



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Chanel, Thakoon and House of Holland.

Pro tips

At Chanel, Peter Philips’ vision was to create, “A beautiful natural look that focused on just one element of make-up so as to really make it stand out. So it’s all about the eyes.” He added, “On the eyelids I used Les 4 Ombres in Prélude, £38 and added a sweeping line along the lower lid with Le Crayon Yeux in Noir, £17 and Le Crayon Khol in Clair, £17. Then I applied Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Black, £24 onto the upper lashes.” For the added sparkle captured in the models’ eyes, Peter applied over-sized platinum sequins just above the upper lashes to act as an eyeliner.

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If you’re not feeling brave enough to don sequins just yet, we suggest applying MAC Pigment in Full Force Violet, £17 to lids and then patting on MAC Pressed Pigment in Black Grape, £17 over the top for Thakoon-worthy wow factor. Also try Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre in Abstraction, £24 for a pop of pink to provide an elegantly understated take on the look.



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Roksanda Ilincic, Jean-Pierre Braganza and Osman

Pro tips

At Roksanda Ilincic, Lucia Pica created a look that she described as ‘haunting, dreamy, and ethereal’. She buffed MAC Pro Mid-Tone Nude Lipmix, £14, (available at MAC Pro Stores) around eyes using the 217 Blending Brush, £18 and applied Coffee Eye Pencil, £14 with definition through the socket and along the lower lashline to contour. The 266 Small Angle Brush, £16.50 was then used with powder eyeshadow to draw strokes of hair through the brow, for a fuller, but natural look.

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For the luxe grunge look created by Lisa Eldridge at Osman, apply Eyeko Liquid Metal Eyeliner in Rose Gold, £21 to the lower lashline to instantly wake up tired eyes. For something a little darker and more mysterious, opt for the green hues of Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Forest, £17 instead.

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H&M, Rodarte and Diane Von Furstenberg

Pro tips

The rain might be starting to fall, but there’s no reason for why your hair should fall flat too. Judging from the AW13 runways, it’s time to give hair a break from the straightening irons and get ready to embrace the trend for full, lustrous hair instead. According to hair stylist Adam Reed, “This is about embracing natural movement using products to enhance the shine. As the hair is drying it needs to be manoeuvred to give movement and body.” He adds, “This is a great look that suits people with great natural texture. It appeals to people that love the look of fresh clean hair. The key to this is don’t try to go for one texture. Mix up waves with straighter, looser softer ends. Use a large wand such as the Babyliss Pro Conical Wand, £25 to create texture and do not use too much product. Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, £22 is a great tool to achieve this look.”

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For an at-home blow-dry that’s stress, strife and sweat-free, look no further than the BaByliss New Big Hair 50mm, £44.99. It takes a couple of trial runs, but once mastered you’ll wonder what you did without it. Check out this handy how-to video before you start rolling.

To give hair an added dose of freshly washed body, try Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, £21.50 and apply a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Shine On (and On) Finishing Spray, £22 to mid-lengths for a finishing touch of gloss.



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Mark Fast and Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Pro tips

Two-tone talons were given a gothic twist at Mark Fast courtesy of Revlon UK Nail Ambassador, Jenny Longworth. “I created a supernatural, vampish nail to play on the Mark Fast A/W13 collection,” said Jenny. “I elongated the nail by painting on to acrylic nails using Revlon Grey Suede Nail Enamel, £6.49 as a base, bleeding in Revlon Smouldering Nail Enamel, £6.49 at the tip of the nail. This created a mounting effect on the nail. I took a new play on the nail shape creating a squaletto style shape giving the nail a square flat top – this shape is one to look out for this season!”

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For a space-age twist, we like applying Boutique Nail Polish in Over The Moon, £5 (available from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide) to tips and Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in Desert Sand, £5.99 to create the perfect blank canvas.



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DSquared and David Koma

Pro tips

Model manes were fixed with a forties flair at DSquared’s show at Milan Fashion Week thanks to hair stylist, Sam McKnight. Hair was given some deep conditioning using Pantene’s Pro-V Deep Moisturising Souffle, £4.49, swooped up into a sleek ponytail, and tied just in the middle of the head with the base of the pony wrapped with a single piece of hair, for a chic alternative to a hairband. A spritz of Pantene Extra Strong Hairspray, £3.69 was then used to hold the style in place to provide the perfect foundation for one of the collection’s head pieces to be placed on top.

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L’Oréal Paris TXT Volume Supersizing Spray, £3.79 was spotted backstage at many a London Fashion Week show this month – it’s gorgeous-smelling and can be counted on for providing some volume-inducing va-va-voom in an instant. We also suggest trying Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker, £14.63 to polish ends without weighing them down.



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Sass & Bide, DAKS and Felder Felder

Pro tips

According to Charlotte Tilbury backstage at Sass & Bide, “The girl is sporty, cool and effortless. The look is a healthy, fresh glow with a quirky edge.” She used Studio Finish Concealer, £15 applied only as needed over moisturised and primed skin, to reduce redness and brighten under eyes. She then applied MAC Pro Pure Sculpture, Richly Honed, and Copper Beach Sculpting Creams (currently discontinued, but try MAC Cream Colours Bases, £15 or Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, £22 instead) under and along cheekbones to contour. Red Statement and Rich New Mood from Fall 13 Forecast/Lips, £35 were then mixed together and blended over the apples of cheeks for a healthy glow.

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The velvety textured Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in Translucent Strawberry, £29 is ideal for feigning a ‘walk in the fields’ flush (even if the reality is very different), but if you’re looking for a triple threat, opt for Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette, £27 which contains a trio of skin perfectors to sculpt, blush and highlight. If you prefer a cream blush though, choose Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Fantastic, £27. With the exception of a log fire, these are the next best ways to warm up an autumn complexion as the temperature starts to drop.

Mark Fast and Antonio Berardi images are courtesy of Revlon, Sass & Bide is courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and Chanel is courtesy of Chanel (Beauty). Other images have been sourced from

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