WITH summer drawing its sun-kissed, freckled self to a close, autumn & winter have reared their festive, fresh face around the corner. It’s time to pack away that sweet little two-piece, dig out your knitted Sunday best and grab yourself a hot steaming cup of that sweet egg nog.
Autumn is known as the transition between summer and winter, where nights begin to draw in and leaves begin to fall from the trees – similar to shedding your skin, autumn is the season that prepares us for renaissance.
Whether you’re onboard with the latest trends and must-haves or not, it’s no secret that the world of beauty is as fast-paced and ever changing as the next, from sensational strobing to broad ‘brows, it can sometimes be overwhelming.
Nicola Anderson, an award-winning make up artist with over ten years of industry experience, talks to us about some of the key trends and looks that we can look forward to this autumn.
“You may not think you can wear a dark lip, but there is definitely a shade out there for everyone. It’s such a hot trend on the catwalk this season and makes an amazing impact to any look.”
Some of Nicola’s favourite products to achieve this gothic-autumnal look are Whirl by Mac, which is a darker more brown tone, Urban Decay’s matte revelation lipstick in Matte Blackmail, which has a more purple tone to it, and Nars’ semi matte Diva Red, a striking darker red.
Glitter is something that every 90s teen accessorized their look with, however Grown Up Glitter is one of autumn’s more fun key looks.
“Glitter is hot on trend this season, we definitely need a bit of sparkle as we come into the festive season – but it’s all about how we apply and what we use to make us look sophisticated and classy.
Achieve this urbane look with some of these top products: Mac’s Pigment Pots, these are amazing for both an intense or a natural glitter look, Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadow, a beautiful way to transition from day to evening – simply apply on top of your favourite eyeshadow look for that extra sparkle, Hooked Up Shop’s Pressed Glitters, the pigments in these little beauties are amazing, and they come in 28 shades, so there is one for everyone, my personal favourite is moon dust.”
Strobing is one of the newer trends and is closely related to highlighting, it’s one of the easier ways to keep your skin looking dewy and healthy in this colder weather.
“My favourite item in my make-up bag is my highlighter and strobing kit, it makes my skin look brighter on a dull day, and also gives my skin a lovely glow in any light.
This product is to be applied to the top of your cheekbones and under the brow, glowing skin is fresh off the catwalk and is all about looking fresh and modern.
The best thing about this trend is it’s affordable, pinch up Sleek Make-Up’s Highlighting Palette for * price *, a really good palette at a great price.
Becca Shimmering Skin is a beautiful product that comes in six stunning shades, its silky texture gives a gorgeous shimmer to the skin leaving a healthy glow, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette contains three different tones of highlighter to compliment whichever look you’ve opted for, extremely flattering and is great for brightening up your look on the go.
This season’s eyes are all about that ‘liner, keep it soft and smudgy – the darker, the better. You can also play it safe with that classic and timeless feline flick, too.
Some of the best products to achieve these looks are Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner in black, this one is best for long wear, Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pencil, if you’re looking to experiment with those dark smoky eyes, this is great for a soft smudge.
We’ve seen plenty of bold and bright trends when it comes to the classic red lip, but this season it’s all about a softer, ore diffused look.
Lip stains are making a comeback and some of Nicola’s favourite products to use on clients to achieve this are YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Lip Stain as this gives both a gloss and a stain finish that’s guaranteed to last, Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint in Royal, this product comes in pen form and gives great tone and depth, Paw Paw Red, this nifty little product doubles up as a great moisturizer for your lips and a cheek stain, this is perfect for a more defined colour.
Now that we’ve been introduced to some of the key trends this season, it’s time to entice ourselves with the temptations of the new kids on the block.
“I’m always on the look out to try and experiment with new products, as I want the very best for my clients. There’s always so many products launching, one of my favourites is VB for Estee Lauder.
From one of my favourite fashion designers, Victoria Beckham, comes the collaboration with Estee Lauder, this amazing limited edition collection is a must try, before thy fly off the shelf.
These products give a slight insight to the world of Victoria Beckham; it’s classy, sexy and sophisticatedly stunning, with only twelve lines from eyeshadows, bronzers and lip-glosses, it’s an extremely limited collection.
I’ll certainly be keeping my fingers crossed that this is an insight for more collections in the future, but my favourite products from this collection is the lipstick in Chilean Sunset, it’s a gorgeous orange red shade, a perfect pair with the metal saffron eye palette.”
Eyebrows are always dangerous territory, and Nicola expresses just how important they are;
“They really frame your eyes and your face, and this new Nars product really does not disappoint. It’s so easy to use and comes in five different shades; it grooms the eyebrows as well as adding layers of colour, which is the perfect go-to for touching up throughout the day, too.
Hourglass is also one of the hottest brands at the moment, so this new product is just so exciting, even the name excites me!
The most important part of my base is, of course, foundation, and this one certainly ticks all of my boxes, it is a stick foundation with the coverage of a concealer and fluidity of a fountain, it’s waterproof and leaves you with a gorgeous satin finish to the skin.”
Bobbi Brown have also recently catapulted some enthusing new products into the mix, their highlighting wands and retouching pencils will have you looking picture-perfect in no time.
“These are Bobbi Brown’s hot new products, which are also perfect for those that are always on the go, easily touched up leaving your skin naturally re-touched.
The pencils come in ten shades and are fantastic for covering redness, dark circles and blemishes, you can also use various shades to contour and highlight the skin.
With nine different shades to chose from, the retouching wands are best used to retouch your makeup, however they can be used to add coverage if you’ve opted for a tinted moisturizer.
It’s a really great product for evening our skin tones and complexion, allowing the skin to look more polished.”
If you’d like to take a look at some of Nicola’s work and services, catch up with her by visiting her Facebook page, nicolamakeup.