TEN TRENDS you'll want to try... Beauty & hair.
Yes, the Autumn/Winter catwalks were full of the usual weirdness, from smeared lipstick to bits of fabric stuck on faces. Whatever! We've found the beauty trends that you'll actually want to wear, AND the must-have new products to get the look RED LIPS & 1 KITTEN FLICKS After the fun of floaty frocks and summer flowers in your hair, it's time to get a bit more polished for autumn with a classic 40s velvet lip, plus cute liquid-liner flick. Think you can't apply a red lippie? Prove yourself wrong with Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick, PS8.99, which has a lip-hugging shaped bullet that makes it a dream to apply. Rubi's Cute is a red-hot fave.
GABBANA & DOLCE 2 METALLIC SHADOW How long to go until party season? Let us just say that the shimmery metallic eyes at Laskaris have got us counting down the days. In fact, we're going early with Kiko Fall 2.0 Magnetic Eyeshadows, PS12.95, which are ridiculously gleamy and (just because we love a gimmick) have a magnet in the base to keep that rippled texture intact right to the bottom of the pot.
LASKARIS OMBRE 3 LINER Blue eye make-up? For autumn? Well kinda. Over at Marco de Vincenzo, MAC blended two tones of liner into each other, and we can't deny we love this ombre twist on a classic flick. You can do it with any shade, if duck-egg to electric boogaloo blue isn't your bag. Try it with a skinny liner brush and one of 3INA Duo Eyeshadows, PS10.95, applied wet.
4 DRAPING Step away from the contour palette because this season is softer on the cheeks - see MAC at Blumarine for inspiration. It's all about draping, which is a fancy way of saying blending blusher from apples towards hairline. (Top make-up artist tip: apply with two fingers to avoid it looking stripey.) Elizabeth Arden Gelato Collection Gel Blush, PS28, has an enjoyably squishy cushion applicator and a water-based formula that just glides.
BLUMARINE @MAC 5CLEAN HAIR DAKS OK, we know: grubby hair was never a thing anyway, but clean hair' is actually a lovely trend. Ditch your dry shampoo and your firm-hold hair spray, shine serum and salt spray - it's just freshly washed, natural locks, worn unstraightened, long and loose. We love it because it's cheap - all you need is a daily shampoo and conditioner. It's even cheaper if you pop to Sainsbury's for their new My Hair Matters range, which looks and feels premium but only costs PS1.50 per product. Try the Nourish & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.
Beauty & hair TEN TRENDS HIGHRISE 6 HIGHLIGHTING High cheekbones are in order this autumn, and the aim is to add definition and structure to the face by playing with light. Take inspiration from the Max Mara catwalk and opt for glow-enhancing products with slightly dewy formulas, like Beauty Pie Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops, PS3.86 for members. Blend along the very top of your cheekbones and under the arches of your brows.
7 GOLDEN ACCESSORIES Have we been watching a bit too much Game Of Thrones? Maybe. But there are worse places to get our hair ideas from. Perhaps a whole headband a la Murad Haute Couture is a step too far in real life, but our eye has alighted on these pretty 'Lannister gold' hair combs from Kitsch, PS10.88 - use to pimp up a ponytail, support a side-part or embellish a bun.
BOYFRIEND 8 BROWS Say goodbye to overly drawn arches and welcome in the new season of brushed up 'boyfriend brows' - like these bushy wonders from Erin Featherston. The trick is to work with what you've got by using a gel to brush up the individual hairs. If you've got thick eyebrows then opt for a clear gel, but for those who haven't been blessed in the brow department, try Miss Sporty Happy Brow Styling Gel, PS2.99, which tints, thickens and holds. Trend bonus: it saves a lot of time in the morning!
ch 9ROCK STAR EYES Think catwalk trends are ageist? Not for this season, which saw models in their 50s, 60s and 70s at shows like Antonio Marras and John Rochas. Proving any age group can carry offa heavy kohled eye, this is the beautiful Benedetta Barzini who turns 74 this Friday. No need to blow the budget if you're not sure whether this trend is for you - you can get everything you need from H&M where this Kohl Pencil Liner and Infinity Shadow are PS4.99 each.
MARRAS ANTONIO ABSTRACT 10 NAILS A lot of the A/W nail collections seem to be a random bunch of colours chucked together, but it makes sense if you take your cue from the Novis catwalk. It's a kind of anti nail art, where you throw shades together, dark and light and bright, and it just looks cool. We love Leighton Denny Expert Nail colours, PS12 each -try mixing and matching Country Club with Plush Pink and Winter Garden.