Season Of Mists & Mellow Fruitfulness

8th October 2010

Autumn/Winter make-up is smoking hot and sexy… explains Mary Linehan

When it comes to the ever-changing seasons, the question on my lips is why should we ditch the make-up we’ve been wearing happily to replace it with the new season’s colours. Let’s face it, most of us have a look that we’re comfortable with, and because we know it backwards we can apply it almost with our eyes closed. According to top makeup artist Louise Morgan, though, there’s a reason to move on. “How many times, have you been told you look different and asked ‘what have you done?’ Changing your make-up look does this. It makes you more interesting, so people take notice of you. That in turn is much less ageing. It’s update or look dated.”

And so to 2010 autumn/winter collections. With the catwalks strutting militaria, it’s no surprise that colour cosmetics are following suit, with a palette of earthy and woody tones that includes muted sludgy browns, gunmetal greys and shades of green from shimmering metallic brights to camouflage. The look is smoky and soft focus with lush lashes that open up the eye and strong brows to shape and balance the face.

Add to the mix the sophisticated and powerfully potent rich berries and deep reds for lips and there you have a sexy, smouldering glamour that celebrity make-up artist Bobbi Brown describes as “strong, powerful and a little shocking, but also wearable and sophisticated.” What’s more they work for most skin tones and colouring.

It’s true to say that green eyeshadow carries with it a leftover ‘60s barmaid prejudice (for good reason, way back then). Green today is, however, eminently wearable, with lightweight, advanced formulations for accurate application and, importantly, just the right pigments to avoid any unkind comparisons with Bet Lynch. Revlon, always at the forefront of colour trends with its seasonal, affordable ranges, unveils its Suede Rhapsody Collection including Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad (£7.99) a palette of vivid emerald, woody brown, and gunmetal. This collection is not colour for colour’s sake, it’s colour that works for women who work.

Chanel is impeccably chic as always. Les 4 Ombres Engima (£35) has everything you need in Chanel’s sleek signature black compact – shadowy violet, metallic grey and a soft grey brown. Brows can be highlighted to great effect with the fourth shade in the quartet – pale pink spiced up with a hint of gold shimmer. Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle (£19.50) single shadows come, too, in really easy-on-the-eye Taupe Grisé and Vert Khaki. And Lancôme has created a magnifying glass effect for high pigment shimmer in its amazing high tech Ombre Magnétique shadows (£22.50). Black MacAdam is a striking Eiffel Tower glorious grey.

Max Factor’s fab new Smoky Eye Effect Eye Shadow (£7.99) is an all-in-one precision tool with two crayon-like tips so you can blend colours perfectly. There are six duos of shades put together by celebrity make-up artist and darling of the big shows, Pat McGrath, so every colour is right on-trend but, importantly, quick and easy to use.

Nobody does berries and rich black cherry lips quite like Bobbi Brown. And, her 2010 Autumn/Winter Black Velvet Collection is one of her best. Available in berry-tinted shades of Black in four textures from creamy to gloss, they glide on and protect the lips at the same time. Other great dark shades to look for come from Lancôme, MAC, Dior and even Marks & Spencer, whose Perfection Supergloss Lipstick SPF20 (£7.50) in Cranberry is, quite frankly, perfection.

Stockists:
Revlon: nationwide at Superdrug
Chanel: nationwide, or call 020 7493 3836
Max Factor: nationwide
Bobbi Brown: www.bobbibrown.co.uk.
M&S: nationwide or www.marksandspencer.com
Lancôme: nationwide.

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