This season, the beauty trends are focused firmly on eyes (bar one!) with techniques like flicks, contouring and smudging all taking centre-stage on the runways. Dark tones are as popular as always for winter, but there are also a few shots of colour to brighten up the grey days.
Not sure which trends are for you? Have no fear – here’s my special (and exclusive!) Frillseeker guide to what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to making your eyes stand out this Autumn/Winter, using some affordable make-up picks.
Seen at: Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.
The Look: Playing with light and shade this is a modernized, natural version of a Sixties-style, defined socket line.
Technique: I used an eyeshadow that was two-to-three shades darker than our model’s skin tone to first contour the socket, and then combined it with a pale lid and black mascara for added contrast.
Key Products: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, and NYX's Natural Palette.
Pro Tip: Paler brows work really well on blondes. To achieve the look dip a disposable mascara wand in liquid concealer and then brush through hairs for an instant lightening effect.
Seen at: Burberry Prorsum and Dries Van Noten.
The Look: Painted on, graphic-style liner that looks like artist brush strokes, or big fluttering lashes.
Technique: Time to get creative! I used an angled brush to apply thick strokes of liquid liner, and then added a few crisscross strokes after it’d dried for a more textured finish.
Key Product: Physicians Formula Super BB Balm Powder, Wet n Wild H20 Proof Liquid Liner.
Pro Tip: For glowing, dewy skin this winter try blending a few drops of Bio Oil onto cheekbones and the bridge of nose, before applying your foundation.
Seen At: Dior and Chanel.
The Look: Shades of blue and green have continued to rein on the runways since spring this year.This trend goes against the grain of traditional wintery greys and blacks.
Technique: I created a winged effect liner here, starting by covering the whole lid, right up to the socket line and then extending out to the flick.
Key Products: Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Turquoise, and Physicians Formula Organic Care Jumbo Lash mascara.
Pro Tip: Give added definition by bumping up your look using a few Haute Couture individual lashes from KISS, which come in small, medium or long so can be tailored to your taste.
Seen at: Rodarte and Altuzarra.
The Look: Touches of either glitter or metallic shadows were a popular way to jazz up smoky eyes at this year’s shows taking them from dull to shimmering in a few easy steps.
Technique: I started with by blending a black cream shadow all over our model’s lids, taking it underneath too. I then smoked out the look using a deep plum powder eye shadow. Using a cotton bud, I patted on the gold glitter along the lash line, and then applied mascara and a black liner along the water line to finish off.
Key Products: NYX Jumbo Pencils in Smoky and Wet n Wild Glitter single in Brass.
Pro Tip: The focus may be on eyes this AW14 when it comes to trends, but don’t forget to keep lips hydrated and smooth with a conditioning balm such as Palmers Cocoa Butter original formula.
Slept in Liner
Seen at: Rag & Bone and Top Shop Unique
The Look: Think Margo Tenenbaum listening to Nevermind – rebellious, and full of attitude.
Technique: To avoid transfer or unwanted smudging I dusted loose powder on the top lid first, then lined the lower water line with a soft, black kohl pencil. To get a softer finish, I used a fine tipped brush to apply a dark brown/black shadow underneath the eyes and then buffed it with a fluffier brush for a diffused look.
Key Products: Butter London Wink Liner in Union Jack, and Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Spoiled Brat.
Seen at: Anna Sui and Naeem Khan.
The Look: Berry reds can always be found on the runway but the main difference between this season and last is that matte shades are waning in favour of more moisturised looks.
Technique: Reds or berry lip shades can look harsh on smaller lips which often puts people off wearing them. I used a synthetic eye shadow brush to buff the colour on, concentrating on the center of lips for a softer finish without sharp lines. Once that was on I added a different shade of red gloss on top for dimension and a juicy shine.
Key Products: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour in Stop Light Red and Mega last Liquid lip colour in Cherry on Top.
Pro Tip: Got a matte shade you love? Simply add a little gloss or Vaseline on top to bring it up to date for the season.