Matte Skin, Luminous Finish
Beautifully natural-looking skin was the big look for autumn/winter. For those not born with a fresh-faced glow, this look is all about the prep work. Prime skin with a moisturizing serum or a few drops of MAC’s Care Blend Essential Oils before applying your foundation; then dust with pressed powder for a matte yet silky finish.
The confident classic is reborn. Any shade of red will do – from blackcurrant to sweetest raspberry – but make it chic and modern rather than retro. Outline with a lip pencil or use a lip brush to keep the things precise, and then play with the shape, texture or tone. Draw on a deep Cupid’s bow. Take the colour slightly beyond your natural lip line. Go for hyper-glossy texture, or work the moist-matte look – there are a myriad of options.
Black as Kohl
The hard-working kohl pencil, or liquid liner if you prefer, comes into focus for autumn/winter 2010-11. More than just the standard smoky eye, it’s about playing with it and making it personal to you. Wrap kohl around the entire eye (inner rim to upper lid in one unbroken line) for a super-intensive look as seen at Gucci, or add a dusting of color (denim blue, dark purple, or pewter work well) for a flash of personality.
As so many among us will find the mascara habit a hard one to break, nude lashes is, paradoxically, both one of the easiest and hardest of this season’s looks. However, the omission of the lash-plumping mascara that we’ve all grown used to gives us the freedom to experiment with eyeliner and shadows to add definition to our precious peepers. If you really can’t go without, swap your usual black mascara for brown.
Gone is last winter’s no-brow look – for 2010-11, brows are big and bold yet beautifully tamed. Add some strength to yours with an eyebrow pencil from Bobbi Brown, or brush through clear eyebrow gel or a touch of Vaseline.
A natural face doesn’t have to mean bare skin. Use iridescent powder to highlight the cheekbones and temples, or create a beautiful après-ski flush with girlish blusher shades worn low on the cheeks.
Nineties-inspired contouring and shading made a huge comeback this season, created with a luscious palette of soft mochas and toffees, caramel, tea and tobacco. Wear with a seamless complexion, and highlight the eye sockets and the underside of the cheekbones with different textures of the same earth tones. Try the look on the lips with a moisturizing shade like Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink.
Add an instantly modern feel to lipstick with a matte yet moisturized finish. Chic and sensuous, make even the strongest of berry shades matte by blotting after application.
In keeping with the ladylike atmosphere of the shows, nails also took on a grown-up look. Nude colors that mirrored the skin appeared at Dior, alongside the new ‘loval’ shape: ask your manicurist for your nails to be filed long and oval.