The great thing about make-up is that it can transform a look but barely costs any money. And you can experiment with next autumn/winter’s looks right now, which still being winter is pretty handy, non?
Of course some of the looks that we’ve seen on the catwalk require great artistry and an array of specialist products but we’ve picked out some looks that you can try with the contents of your current make-up bag (probably). So dig out that blue eye shadow (everyone has some somewhere) and sharpern your eyeliner to get creative with next season’s looks.
Invest in some great liquid eyeliner (Maybeline or Bobbi Brown’s gel liner are amazing) to try out some retro looks with a twist. I love Dolce & Gabbana’s thick feline flicks teamed with a strong lip, but there were also some amazing sixties-inspired looks at Emilio Pucci (complete with wash of pretty pink eye shadow) and Anna Sui…although this look isn’t for wallflowers! Versace does 1990s glamour if you fancy something not quite so retro.
I’m devoted to my (arguably boring) selection of nude eye shadows. So I obviously love AW13/14’s new ways to wear them. Jil Sander’s girls wore delicate biscuity eye shadow in the sockets of the eyes to create a fresh new look, while Missoni gave us a pretty take on grunge with peachy eye shadow over the lid and smudged liner on the bottom lashes to toughen the look up.
The perfect smoky eye is an amazing make-up skill to possess and the level of smokiness is always evolving to suit current fashion trends. Michael Kors shook things up a bit by only allowing the outer corners of the eye to be really smoky, applying a pale metallic wash to the inner corners to widen the eye whilst retaining that shouldering look. I loved the models at Donna Karan’s almost oily wet-look eyes with pewter and black. The look was super dramatic as the colour was applied almost to the brow, but while I’ll be shrinking the area, I’ll be keeping the winged shape and the texture for a dramatic party look.
We all probably own a palette of eyeshadow with pretty colours that we hardly ever use on a day-to-day basis, right? Well dust it off and reach for the turquoise, blue and violet tones. Jason Wu achieved purple perfection with this simple but effective look, while Topshop’s dreamy sky blue eyes can be easily achieved with powder or the blue chubby pencil from Rimmel’s Scandalise range.
Fed up with feline flicks and retro glamour? Nah, me neither. But if you fancy a change, why not put your eyeliner skills to a more avant garde use and try Rag & Bone’s unique look, or play the minimalist card with Alexander Wang’s style. Shaky hands are not an option!