How to wear autumn/winter 2011/12 beauty trends

Just as we’ve finished looking at the spring/summer 2012 shows we remember that outside the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting colder, so therefore our wardrobe and beauty regime is changing.

Donna Karan autumn/winter 2011/12 beauty trend

Donna Karan autumn/winter 2011/12 beauty trend

Along with that our summer make up has started to wear thin and now we’re shopping for alternative winter products that looked amazing on the autumn/winter catwalk back in February.

Not one to shy away from the summer hues Donna Karan, Rodarte and Victoria Beckham showed their collections with a  splash of violet/pink lipstick which can now be replicated from YSL with their Rouge Volupte Perle (108) Mauve Celeste £23 (available in all major department stores and make up counters nationwide) adding a tangerine creme eye shadow by combining Barry M (Dazzle Dust 44 Bronze £4.49 from Superdrug) with Aveda Eye Shadow Transformer £22.50

Metallic’s were also a huge trend which swept through the shows, especially at Fendi whom showed their winter pigments  in molten metal; whilst other designers opted for staple shimmering lips and nails for a different dimension of beauty.

Dewy skin was also placed on the cards by mixing Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus foundation £27 alongside Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Powder Gelee in Modern Mercury £28 and a dash of Clarins Christmas Collector Face Palette £35, which will not only illuminate the face but will even out your complexion too.

Winter corals were also a big hit on the catwalk at Hakaan, Meadham Kirchhoff and Ralph Lauren all showing matt lips in a whole new transcending phase from summer, proving that for autumn/winter ’11 colour is back with a bang. Re-invent this look easily at home with MAC’s Neon Orange Lipstick £13.50, which not only pushes coral through but adds a whole new dimension for lips.

For spider-lash eyes head to The Powder Lounge in Topshop (Oxford circus) whom can create the perfect eyelash extensions from just £30, or if you want to top up quickly from your make-up bag why not try Clinique’s High Impact Mascara in Black £15, which adds volume and length. Add Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss £17 in Midnight Violet for this season’s hottest Gucci look.

To complete the look designers chose to follow on from the fetish/dominatrix trends adding dark hues to nails – such as gun metal grey – with different coloured tips (like navy or brown), taking inspiration from catwalk designers such as Loewe. For inspiration why not try Biba’s new make-up range from House of Fraser which includes the specially designed nail varnish trio, £21 in dark brown, plum and nude.

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