It often feels as if fashion is about choosing sides: sexy vs. tomboy, camel coat vs. parka, glossy bob vs. disheveled topknot. This season’s beauty trends are no different. It’s time to pick your side.
This month in the calendar is full of drama. With wild winds sweeping across the English countryside, leaves making a satisfying crunch underfoot and pumpkins glowing eerily on doorsteps – now is the time to decide your autumn beauty look.
Up first there’s couture glamour. Imagine sultrily strutting around a stately home and lounging on a chesterfield sofa in a cascading gown and you’ll get the idea. Shiny hair twisted into a low, center parted bun along with shimmering eye shadow, velvety smooth skin pinched at the cheeks with deep colour and glossed lips all coming together. Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan all showed heavy, sparkling eyes in hues of deep maroon and aubergine for their Autumn/Winter collections. Try Barry M eye shadows for an inexpensive touch of couture luxe; don’t be afraid to sweep the colour right up to just below the arch of the eyebrow.
If the glamorous aristocrat look isn’t for you, don’t fear. Instead, channel Halloween and go for some serious vampire drama. Designers like Gareth Pugh and Giles have shown some bewitchingly beautiful make-up down the catwalk this season; think worn-in lipstick with edges blurring into pale skin, disheveled hair swept across sinister, poetic eyes. If you’re planning to channel a mysterious look in October, try this spellbinding combination: eye shadow in a faded shade similar to your eye colour creates a fragile, hollowed effect and choose a bitten pomegranate colour to adorn your pout as you release your breath and suddenly notice that it’s that time of year when it hangs hauntingly in the air.
Whichever side you’re on this October, embrace the drama and rely on your make-up rather than the moonlight to illuminate the dark nights.