Autumn/Winter is upon us, which only means one thing – it’s time to swap out the summer glows for the dark hues and everything else that comes with an autumnal make up look.
As the season’s change, it’s not only our wardrobes that get an adjustment, but our make-up bags do too. Similarly to the transition in fashion from summer to winter, we usually see beauty trends take on a darker colour scheme, with smokey eyes and bold lips – but every year, there’s a few different ways to wear new looks.
Of course, there’s no right or wrong way to paint your face at any time of the year, but make-up is all about having fun and experimenting with new looks. There were a few obvious trends that were apparent through the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 fashion week shows, and we picked out a few of our favourites…
Mega-volume ’60’s style lashes are making a return this year, Twiggy style. The runways saw a huge influx of oversized, clumpy eyelashes at MGSM and Chanel, with Emilio Pucci also taking on the trend in their own way, by incorporating the vibrant colours of their collections into the style – we’re talking, blue, orange, green and pink mascara.
There’s no chance of taming the eyelashes this season, and certainly no middle ground. Lashes are full on, in-your-face and falsies are applied to both top and bottom lash lines.
While bold lips are very much still an in-season trend for autumn and winter, the difference this year is in the way that the product is applied. We’re ditching the lip liner and lip brushes that enable a fool-proof application, in favour of a more ‘roughly applied with the finger tips’ look.
This look graced the catwalks of Giambattista Valli and Prada, who used deep, strong colours to achieve that “just been kissed” look. The key to nailing this trend is to apply a good coverage of product in the centre of the lips, and work towards creating diffused edges and a “worn-in colour” look.
There’s no definite approach to this season’s eyeliner trend – the trick behind it is to be creative and have fun. Statement eyeliner has been dubbed this season’s “new smokey eye”, and is no longer being reserved for creating a sleek wing.
Graphic liner is everything at the moment, and ‘floating liner’ graced some of the biggest catwalks at Milan Fashion Week, seen more so as an extension on the popular cut-crease eyeshadow trend, created in a different way.
“Imperfection is boring. We want to be unique and rebellious—and maybe say ‘screw you’ to the system.” – Allure
Barely There Brows
Gone are the days of perfectly groomed brows with super clean lines and symmetrical arches. This season, it’s all about the ‘barely there’ look when it comes to eyebrows, and the more subtle, the better. Graphic eye make-up will be a stand out feature, and eyebrows won’t require a lot of work done to keep them on-trend.
For those lucky enough to be blessed with a full brow, a touch of clear brow gel should do just the job to keep those stray hairs in place, or if you’re not quite confident enough to show off your sparse brows in public, try a tinted brow gel which can give a slightly fuller, subtly tamed look.
An extreme take on this look was scattered all over the catwalks at fashion week, with models showcasing bleached brows, to really give off that ‘non-existent’ brows vibe. Warning: This is only a look for the super brave among us!
We’re putting down the champagne highlighters this season, and are instead opting for illuminating, peach-coloured blushers to make the cheeks pop. A soft, warm contour paired with a peach blush can create the perfect hue.
Once you’ve found the perfect peach blush for you, this look can work great on any skin tone.
What do the beauty experts think?
We got in touch with the biggest beauty fanatics we could find – the people that live, eat, breathe and sleep all things beauty, skincare & make up related – beauty bloggers and social media influencers.
Everyone has different opinions on what the hottest new trends are, and beauty trends aren’t always set in stone. So, we asked beauty bloggers “What are the top beauty trends that we should be looking out for in Autumn/Winter 2017-18?”
Here’s what they had to say…
Emma Campbell – whatemmadid.com
“There are a number of trends in beauty that I’ve noted for the upcoming year. First, natural looking fillers, so the more natural plumped up lips and soft filled out cheeks for a younger, more youthful look. It’s all about appearing natural, and not fake. It’s those fuller, natural looking lips people will book in for.
Laura Pearson-Smith – A Life With Frills
“For AW17, its still very much about skin being flawless, dewy and natural looking. The statement berry lip is back, as always; but there are some interesting eye trends to try – pastel and candy-coloured smokey eyeshadow, 60s graphic liner and lots of metallic silver.”
Tereza Kohutova – Cityscape Bliss
“The 90’s trend that has been around for a while now is going nowhere. Just like summer brought back super dewy skin with metallic highlighters, plastic chokers and mash everything, the winter will bring back flawless velvet skin. Imagine Natalie Imbruglia’s album cover for Left of the Middle. That kind of smooth, airbrushed finish that still looks very natural.
To achieve such a natural base is not all that easy when it comes to winter months and I believe that micro-needling will become as popular as ever. Micro-needling is a method of skin revival where tiny holes are punctured in your skin which stimulates the creation of collagen in your skin ultimately making it look plumper and younger. With such a powerful skin transforming tool it will become very easy to maintain smooth base throughout the whole year. Add a drop of medium coverage foundation and some setting powder and you’re ready to face the rainy mornings and gloomy evenings.”
Lily Kitten – LilyKitten.com
“I predict that a glossy finish will be in for makeup this Winter. We have seen glossy eyelids across catwalks at Fashion Week and matte lips have been around for a while now, so a high gloss finish is the way to go. Whether it’s a glossy eyelid, using liquid highlighter on your cheeks or simply trying out a new lipgloss – glossy is the way to go!”
Alex McCormick – TheLipstickLadyBlog.com
“To me, autumn/ winter is the the best time of year for makeup and fashion trends. We all start searching for full coverage makeup again, and everything is a bit more glam… it’s my fave! As for this year, I think that shimmers and metallics will be big, especially for eyeshadows. Palettes like the Urban Decay Moondust palette will be key, and by the looks of it Rihanna is ahead of the game with the Fenty Beauty holiday collection.
As for lip trends, autumn/ winter will always be the season of the bold lip for me. But I think this year softer application of your bold lipsticks will be key, using a brush instead of applying straight from the bullet, or dabbing the colour on instead of using heavy swipes. “
Lydia – WhatLydDid.com
“I think we will see more red, cranberry, and burgundy eye looks as the colder seasons close in. Since the Modern Renaissance palette, customers have really embraced warm, pink shades, and I predict that these will transition to sultry jewel tones. I always break up the pink with a smudge of black or brown eyeliner, otherwise it can look like you have sore eyes!”
A huge thank you to all of the great contributions from our beauty bloggers – be sure to check out their blogs and social media pages for the latest in beauty & lifestyle.
Makeovers at Evolve Skin Clinic
We’ve had an exciting addition to our beauty salon in 2017 – the introduction of Delilah Cosmetics to our product range.
We instantly fell in love with the story behind Delilah Cosmetics – a luxurious, boutique British brand whose range of products are all “inspired by an abundance of quintessentially English influences from Britannia Metal, a traditional semi precious, pewter coloured metal that inspired the design of the packaging, to the crown gold accents that run through the whole line. Crown gold was a rose coloured gold introduced by Henry VIII to replace the gold sovereign. Finally, of course, the symbol, the beautiful pale pink Delilah rose, a true icon of British beauty.”
The brand’s capsule collection of beauty products are strictly paraben free and tests have never been conducted on animals. Their collection of powders, bronzers, blushers, foundations and much more can all be used to enhance natural beauty, and their Future Resist range has a special focus on powerful antioxidants, SPFs and active natural ingredients to protect your skin against the harsh signs of ageing.
We’re proud to offer full Delilah Cosmetics makeovers here at Evolve, with our in-house make-up artists based at our Bolton salon.