~ Hello loves,

It’s that time of the year again, when the leaves have began to fall and the shops have all their winter boots and cozy jumpers out again. This means that summer is officially gone, and that means it time to re-fresh your makeup routine in order to adapt for this new season and the fashions that go with it. I love the autumn time as it means that the eyeshadows become warmer toned, the lips get darker and the smoky eyes get smokier. At this time of the year I feel the most creative with my makeup, everything about this time of year excites me when it comes to makeup, and when I saw what was being done during the A/W16 fashion shows during my monthly visits to the British Vogue and Cosmopolitan UK websites I felt more inspired than ever as there are so many looks and techniques being done on the runway that could be re-created easily at home by myself and other makeup lovers, as they are simply techniques that could be worked into an existing everyday makeup routine.

I have summed up the key trends I have found from the A/W16 season that seemed to be the most reoccurring looks and how I’d alter them in order to wear them myself on either a day-to-day basis or to a party (it’s never too early to start thinking about your christmas party outfits in my opinion!).

Dark Lips

Every autumn this trend comes back around so this felt like a good one to start with. This season the ‘it’ colour was Blackberry, as seen at Dior. Peter Philips created these mesmerising deep purple glossy lips by lining the lips with a black eyeliner and then applying Rouge Dior Addict Lipstick in the shade Poison 962 over the top, creating the gorgeous ‘Gothic Beauty’ look.

Other designers that used dark lips as key features of their models looks include: MaxMara, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

The range of colours being used this season ranged from the above blackberry, black cherry, merlot and black – in both matte and gloss. As well as the usual berry tones that are seen at this time of year.

In order to keep the lips as the centre of attention the eye makeup was kept minimal in order to keep the look balanced.

How To Wear This Trend:

A dark berry or wine coloured lip looks beautiful during the autumn/winter period as it bring a different feel to an other wise neutral look. If you are unsure about what you’d like on, try out a colour on the same spectrum that you are used to wearing but on the much darker/deeper end of that spectrum. I personally would not wear such dark lipsticks as those on the runway as they would not suit my colouring too well, but I do enjoy wearing a deep berry tone or darker red than I would wear during the rest of the year.

E.g. if you love wearing reds lips maybe try out a deep burgundy or oxblood colour, such as Diva or Sin from MAC Cosmetics. An autumn lipstick that I always reach for at this time of year is Kate Moss for Rimmel London in Shade 30, as it is a stunning red wine shade that looks great with so many different eyeshadow looks and outfits that is appropriate for everyday wear.

Other lipsticks I will be wearing this A/W:

  • Too Faced Melted – Melted Berry
  • Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani – Rocksteady
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Copenhagen
  • Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick – Vivid Cherry
  • Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick – Hypno

Heavy Black Liner

A trend that was e v e r y w h e r e this season was the use of heavy black underliner (liner applied to the lower eyelid) as well as being applied to the waterline and tightline, applying the liner as close to the lash line – as seen at Herve Leger. One of the uses of heavy black liner was used to create a look that is sexy, smoky and gives off a 90s super model vibe (shown below at Moschino) being used to frame the eyes. In contrast to the lived in, smoky liner was the use of clean lines in order to create the modernised cat eye seen at Oscar De La Renta and Nicole Miller or the supersized graphic liner at Alice + Olivia. Either way, the liner is heavy and paired with minimal makeup on the rest of the face and nude or soft pink lips (either glossy or matte).

How To Wear This Trend: 

A simple cat eye is perfect for all occasions, it adds an element of sass to a simple everyday look or makes an evening look ooze old school glamour. One of my tips for achieving the perfect cat eye is the use a liquid liner and a straight edge, such as tape or a piece of card in order to create a sharp wing without having to spend what feels like an eternity doing clean up.

The same can be said about a smoky eye, I have recently started wearing a smoky liner on the lower lash line as it gives the appearance of thicker and fuller lower lashes and add a little bit of something extra to a casual daytime look. I can’t wait for the party season to roll around so that I can try out creating a full on metallic smoky eye a la Diana Von Furstenberg.

Illuminated Skin

This season is all about healthy, fresh skin with a radiant natural looking glow, so put that ultra matte foundation away. The use of highlighter has become more subtle than we have been used to seeing on social media (*ahem* looking at you instagram). At Isabel Marat there were facials being done backstage in order to give the models the most stunning natural radiance as well as using BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfectors to add a bit more extra glow. This subtle use of highlight was also seen at Valentino, Gucci, D&G and Tommy Hilfiger. This glowing, flawless skin is perfect to pair with any other makeup look as it creates a gorgeous base to work on.

How To Wear This Trend:

The main piece of advice I would give about this trend is to apply your highlight with a lighter hand that you have seen on social media, as this look is not about creating a blinding highlight but a soft subtle radiance. The use of peach toned highlighters was common on the runways so try and steer away from the usual white toned highlighters that are used to create the kind of blinding highlight that would make Nikkie Tutorials proud. Don’t be afraid to blend your highlight in order to prevent the creation of a harsh line of glow.


I am beyond excited to say that glitter is back in a big way! Glitter has been used in many different way this season: as glitter tears at Burberry, on the inner corners at Vionnet and on top of neutral shadows at Tommy Hilfiger.

These looks are perfect for the up coming party season, adding gold glitter to the inner corners of a brown smoky eye or a silver glitter to a traditional black/grey smoky eye. They add an element of fun and sparkle to a look, and when is glitter really a bad thing?

My favourite glitters to use are the Glitter Eye pressed glitter pans in the shades: Shimmering Sands, Mocha Shine, Silver Sparkle and Supermodel. (these are available from www.hookedupshop.co.uk, for £5.99) I am looking forward to trying out the Tommy Hilfiger look with glitter applied all over the lid for a special occasion, as it look truly stunning in photographs.


XO Becky

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