Bold is Beautiful!
Swooping cat eyes are a staple this season, be it long, sharp and bold or just a hint of a feline flick this captivating trend is a big hit. The ever-popular smokey eye is also taken to new heights for fall, either in gray, brown, black or even plum, you can’t go wrong with smoldering eyes. Liquid eyeliner is also on trend, so use it to create bold, graphic lines and designs for an edgy look, or channel a preppy, posh girl look with Twiggy lashes paired with a bold red lip. Bold blue eyes is another way to go, with the blue palette achieving a truly ethereal look.
Top tip: Apply black eyeliner on the waterline to achieve a stunning look and make the eye color pop against its outline.
Secret weapon: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Matic Waterproof Glide-On Eyeshadow
This eye shadow pencil glides on and stays put. The creamy, creaseless formula provides nonstop color and in the Iridescent Electric Blue shade, it’s the perfect tool to achieve the blue eye makeup trend.
Dark lips are a must this season and while a red lip may not sound groundbreaking, this season’s shades are getting us excited about this makeup bag staple again; from varying degrees of deep red and brick to burgundy, plum and even black, forgo the lip balms and neutral colors and get dramatic! Be it matte or iridescent, a dark lip is the way to go for Fall 2015.
Top tip: Apply lip balm generously before putting on your lipstick. Dry, cracked lips won’t hold color for long! Once you’ve applied it thoroughly, dab off the extra moisture with a tissue.
Secret weapon: MAC Vamplify Lip Gloss collection
Loaded with high-powered pigments that hug lips in shades that glisten with a delicious shine, one swipe of Vamplify loads lips with attitude as a combination of lush natural oils polish with impeccable, moisturizing color. Never a tease, the glossy color wears comfortably for hours, for a look that comes on strong and doesn’t let go.
Fall 2015 nail trends are many but one common thread that features throughout is the short, rounded nail! Nail trends closely follow the season’s fashion trends so go for ruby, red and plum or add a little sparkle to your manicure in keeping with the ‘70s trend. Military-inspired olive green is another hot nail trend this fall while the ever-popular neutral look is always an option. For those who are more adventurous and daring, nail art is a must; from negative space nail art to artistic splatter, this season provides ample opportunity to get creative! Following on from the blue eyes trend, this season is all about the blue manicure — from bold teal to metallic blues, don’t be afraid to get a little funky!
Top tip: File nails with a smooth, fine file and avoid using rough emery boards. Rather than sawing back and forth work slowly in one direction to avoid breakage.
Secret weapon: Dior Vernis in Darling Blue
Both playful and chic the Fall 2015 Dior Vernis are a beauty bag must-haves. Darling Blue is a strong and sophisticated shade featuring a metallic shimmer that will have you on trend from tip to toe!
Whether you wish to play up your eyes with a sexy, sultry, smokey eye or draw the attention to your perfect pout with a bold red lip, a flawless complexion should always be your first concern. While clean, clear, healthy skin is the ultimate foundation for your makeup, a blend of concealer, highlighter, foundation and loose powder can heighten the appearance of a healthy glowing complexion. The barely there makeup trend is still going strong this season while cheeks appear flushed from the winter cold.
Top tip: To achieve truly healthy, glowing skin that acts as the perfect base for your makeup, go back to basics; drink more water, get a good 8 hours of sleep each night, never sleep without removing your makeup and invest in a good quality moisturizer suited to your skin type and needs.
Secret weapon: Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer
This multi-tasking duo for eyes is available in eight shades ranging from light to medium deep. Both a serum and concealer, it’s the perfect product for time-short women who are always on the go!
Who doesn’t want healthy glowing skin? With a myriad of products available on the market promising to achieve anything from firmer, smoother skin to reducing under eye circles, it’s hard to know which of them live up to their assurances and which fall short. Be sure to read the fine print on the packaging and beware of wording such as “improves the appearance of”. Look for the concentration of active ingredients — if there is a sufficient amount, the number will be on the label. Most importantly, before adding any new product to your skincare routine it is important to know your skin type and skin issues to ensure that you are purchasing a product that is tailored to your specific needs.
Top tip: Rather than slathering on your moisturizer, massage it in using a circular motion while applying gentle pressure. This simple trick will kick your circulation into high gear and feels great too! Use the same technique while cleansing.
Secret weapon: Sisleÿa Essential Skin Care Lotion
This first step of the anti-aging skin care routine prepares the skin, making it more receptive to subsequent skincare treatments. Essential active ingredients help moisturize and nourish the skin, while renowned anti-aging active ingredients from the Sisleÿa range help support radiant, youthful skin. With an innovative texture that is both smooth and fresh, it’s guaranteed to be your new favorite beauty bag staple!
Fall 2015 runways provided a variety of hair inspiration, not necessarily the hi-concept hairstyles only a runway model can pull off but the more achievable everyday looks that we can all experiment with! From slicked side parts to textured low buns, long layers, razored ends and daring pixy cuts, this fall provides ample opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and use the change in season to freshen up your locks and change up your look. Bohemian waves have proved they’re here for the long haul, the classic French twist got a modern makeover and if one thing is for sure this season, it’s all about the bangs!
Top tip: Don’t forget to show your hair a little TLC — after exposure to the sun, salt water and chlorine all summer long your mane will require a little extra attention. Be sure to add a hair mask to your routine and opt for shampoo or conditioner with extra moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil or buriti to hydrate your strands.
Secret weapon: Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy
This duo — a cuticle-opening blend, allowing for deeper penetration of hydrators, followed by a moisturizing rice protein — delivers deep hydration and superior shine in as little as seconds. The powerful yet gentle formula is salon inspired, repairing the hair from the inside out.