Trending now: your autumn/winter 2015 beauty cheat sheet

Trending now: your autumn/winter 2015 beauty cheat sheet

These looks were major

Text: Yeong Sassall

Image: Go Runway

As far as make-up trends go, autumn/winter ’15 has proved to be one of the most directional yet

Some of my personal highlights include the bloodied red crosses painted on the faces at Gareth Pugh care of make-up genius Alex Box, the gold painted faces at Rick Owens and those scene-stealing face gems at Givenchy. But amongst all this out-there creativity (that frankly, most of us probably won't be attempting to pull off) we saw some bold make-up looks that we can all emulate. Here, I pick the three boldest trends of the season and show you exactly how master them.

The Graphic Eye

As seen at House of Holland, Yigal Azrouel, Libertine, Oscar de la Renta, Rag & Bone, Badgley Mischka, Rochas, Chanel

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Whether it was the super-modern geometric shape at Rochas, the heavenly brush-stroked liner at Badgley Mischka or the '60s-style feline flick at Oscar de la Renta, the graphic eyeliner look was one of the biggest trends of autumn/winter. 

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Oscar de la Renta a/w '15


Products to try: 
1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner, $26,
This gives an effortless and quick flick  in any shape or size you desire.

2. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Jumbo Liquid Eyeliner, $12.95, at
The jumbo felt tip allows you to get creative and bold with your line. Either draw a fine line or go straight to big and bold in one simple sweep.


How to get it: 

A great backstage trick for creating the perfect flick is to use sticky tape as a guide. Apply a small piece on each eyelid at an upward angle and use it to trace the liner. Wait until it sets and peel away to complete the look. (Hint: Start lining from the outside corner of the eye and work your way inwards). For a super-natural liner look, finish your line two thirds from the inner corner of the eye. Going right into the inner eye gives a bigger, more dramatic look.


Metal-slick eyes

As seen at Zac Posen, Altuzarra, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Marc Jacobs

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Monique Lhuillier a/w '15

Shimmer is back but not in the '70s-referencing way you think. Metallic, shimmery eyes were a big hit this season, but most were done subtly or with a dinstinctly modern edge. At Monique Lhuillier one of the three looks was a distressed, grunge-style eye using metallic purples and greys, while the other used kohl pencil and cream shadows to create a lived-in look. At Marc Jacobs, a slightly shimmery, silver-grey metallic shadow was swept across the entire eyelid, for a bold and dramatic look.


Products to try: 
1. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil, $38,
A long-wearing cream eyeshadow stick that works with your eye colour to enhance the shade. Gives a quick smokey eye that isn't powdery, but more metallic and dewy in texture; it also has amazing staying power.

2. Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $26, 

The Rolls Royce of eye pencils gives a gorgeous defined-yet-soft look or it can be used as a beautiful metallic base across the whole lid. Serious staying power, even when blended in. 


How to get it: 
This look is all about layering products for texture. Start with a cream eyeshadow and move onto an eye pencil, then add pigment for greater intensity and drama. Remember, most cream shadows are designed to crease, so less is best. 


50 Shades of Red Lips
As seen at  3.1 Phillip Lim, Alice + Olivia, Roksanda Ilincic, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana 

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Roksanda a/w '15

The oldest make-up trend around is still the most popular - the iconic red lip. This season has seen a wide range of crimson shades on the catwalk, such as burnt rust-red at 3.1 Phillip Lim, berry red at Roksanda and oxblood at Dolce & Gabbana. Each look was a modern take on old school Hollywood glamour.


Products to try: 
1. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Collection, $34,
An all-in-one-lipstick and pencil with a strong matte pay-off. Great to build colour with, or wear on its own as a stain.

2. Dior 'Backstage' Lip Brush N°31, $36,
A bold lip look wouldn't be possible without the best tool, and the Dior lip brush rates highly in this department. With a retractable wand for easy carrying,  a rounded point, and sable hair bristles, you get an exact application every time. 

How to get it: 
When wearing a scarlett lip, always prep the lips beforehand.  Try using a toothbrush dipped in warm water to scrub away any dead or dry skin prior to application. This will ensure that you have a smooth base. When wearing a red lip, always make sure you have concealed any excess redness or blemishes in your skin, as ruby lipstick can exaggerate any redness in your complexion.