Keeping your beauty regime up-to-date is as vital as refreshing your wardrobe. This season, war paint is out and less-is-more – unless you fancy rocking an ombré lip, of course. Read on for inspiration about the latest AW17 makeup trends, alongside some handy application tips that’ll keep your weapons of choice in check.
The smoky eye is as timeless as the little black dress and perfect for adding a touch of glamour to any outfit. This season it’s all about the colours, as the trend moves away from defined lines and dark shades of grey and black toward rich, autumnal sheers of cranberry, gold and coppery hues. To recreate the look, smudge and graduate your eyeshadow using a soft, lightweight brush and focus the intensity on your lash line.
Our pick: bareMinerals The Bare Sensuals Ready Eyeshadow 14.0, £39, John Lewis
You’ve already bossed the hairstyle and rocked the manicure, but now it’s time to embrace the ombré lip. By graduating colour, you add depth and definition to your lips and give the illusion of a fuller, plumper pout. In 2017, this look is becoming a much more wearable trend with the focus shifting from bold brights to warm neutrals like plum, pink and peach. To achieve the 3D effect, apply a matte lipstick on the outer edges of your lips, followed by a softer gloss in the centre and then gently blend. Keep the rest of your makeup simple and balanced by pairing your pout with a thin flick of eyeliner.
Our picks: bareMinerals Double-Ended Fill Lip Brush, £18, John Lewis; Lipstick Palette, £15, The Body Shop
Groomed eyebrows are essential for framing your face and accentuating your best features. Say bye-bye to the overly-arched Kim Kardashian-esque shape and go au naturel with fuller, bushier brows to emphasise your beauty. Master the look by brushing yours up with a dry toothbrush or clean mascara wand before filling out with a powder to add shadow. Then style and shape them to suit your face.
Our pick: Brow & Lash Gel, £10, The Body Shop; Brow & Liner Kit, £10, The Body Shop
The words contouring and highlighting have been buzzwords in the beauty industry for the past few years, but with many beauty brands now bringing out colour-by-number contour kits, it’s easier than ever for beauty novices to create a professional, catwalk finish look at home. For 2017 it’s all about subtle shading and sculpting, so go for a toned-down style that emanates youthfulness by using a lightweight fanned brush and shimmery creams to subtly highlight and give a soft, dewy glow to your face.
Our picks: NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, £23, John Lewis; Fan Brush, £11, The Body Shop
Dare to go bare with pared-back, subtle makeup that lets your natural assets take centre stage. The trick to this trend is simplicity: go for lightweight brushes and products that help you balance out any problem areas on your face, like your T-zone and under your eyes, to keep skin even, fresh and flawless. Follow the less is more mantra and you’ll have this look mastered in no-time. Finish with a slick of mascara and you’re ready to go.
Our pick: Stila One Step Correct Colour Corrector, £24, John Lewis