25 September 2017Last updated

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Autumn/Winter beauty trends

The thermometer may still be soaring, but beauty aficionados have their eyes firmly set on new-season, in-vogue styles. Louise Emma Clarke rounds up what we should be buying and wearing over the next few months

Louise Emma Clarke
2 Sep 2016 | 12:00 am
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February and March seem like a long time ago – but as models strutted down the catwalks in New York, London, Paris and Milan earlier this year, we got a glimpse of what would be on trend in the beauty world right about now.

With pouts painted in the darkest burgundy hues and brightly coloured glitter applied haphazardly around eyes to hair embellishments that flashed on the catwalk as the models walked under spotlights, there is lots to be excited about.

So now that the autumn months are nearly upon us (even if it might not feel like it, with temperatures still sky-high), what beauty trends and products will we see flooding stores, counters and online boutiques? We’ve rounded up the biggest trends in cosmetics and hair for the season ahead – and asked a panel of top make-up artist and hair stylists how we can pull them off at home…

Dark burgundy lipstick


As seen at: Rodarte, Gareth Pugh and Marc Jacobs

With lips swathed in the darkest shades of burgundy, this is definitely one of the most striking trends for the season ahead – but do you have the confidence to pull it off?

‘A burgundy lip, no matter the undertone, is a statement and a strong one at that, so my advice is to wear it like you’re going to own the room as everyone will be looking at you,’ says celebrity make-up artist Sandy Linter.

She adds, ‘The best way to put on burgundy lipstick is with a lip brush. A shade this dark can get messy quickly – even more so than red lip colour – so you want to be precise putting it on. Swipe it on from the outer corner of the mouth to the centre on both the upper and lower lips, then fill in the rest of the pout.’


Try: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Homegirl (Dh110, Sephora) is perfect, while the Wow by Wojooh Lip Brush (Dh80, will allow you to apply it like a pro.

Spidery eyelashes


As seen at: Dior, Carven and Nina Ricci

When most of us are in pursuit of the perfect, clump-free mascara, it seems unnatural to be turning our attention to spidery lashes (just like 1960s supermodel Twiggy) – but this is what the catwalks have dictated for the season ahead. Models at shows such as Dior proved that lumps and clumps shouldn’t be feared, with mascara applied in thick layers to achieve Bambi-esque length and statement flutters that even those in the back rows could notice.

Celebrity make-up artist Brittany Gray advises: ‘There is nothing wrong with using three coats of your favourite mascara, and don’t be afraid to coat the bottom lashes too! It really opens up the eyes and is a great low-maintenance alternative to false lashes.’


Try: Invest in a volumising formula in an intense shade of black. Try Clarins Supra Volume Mascara (Dh150, counters nationwide).

Extra glowy highlighters


As seen at: Valentino, Gucci and Prabal Gurung

Healthy, glowing complexions have been big in the beauty world for seasons – but for autumn and winter, the catwalks took it to a new level of radiance. Described by Vogue magazine as ‘an almost hyper real radiance’, make-up artists used iridescent powder to ensure that skin literally shone as models took to the catwalk.

How can we recreate the look? California-based make-up artist Sheila Arkee recommends: ‘Apply highlighting products on the high planes of the face, which are the areas most likely to be naturally hit by light. This is usually the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheekbones, on top of your brows, the Cupid’s bow of your lip, and the space right underneath your lower lip, in the middle of the chin.’


Try: For the perfect catwalk-worthy look, get The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow and Shimmer (Dh140, Paris Gallery). The product has a long-lasting formula that adds luminosity instantly.

Glitter make-up


As seen at: Tommy Hilfiger, Giambattista Valli and Burberry

Forget everything you have read in the past about going easy on glitter – this season, you have full permission to get creative with the sparkliest, thickest glitter you can lay your hands on. Whether you use it as eyeshadow like at Tommy Hilfiger, dust it across cheekbones like the team at Burberry, or line the bottom of your brows as seen at Giambattista Valli, this is a trend best reserved for evenings when you want to make a statement.

So how do you get the glitter to stay put? New-York based make-up artist Misha Shahzada says: ‘I always advise priming the area where you’ll be applying the glitter so it has something to adhere to.’


Try: Start with Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer (Dh165, and then apply the glitter to the area with an applicator or a clean finger – Violet Voss Loose Glitter (Dh45, comes in various shades of sparkle.

Arty eyeliner


As seen at: Kenzo and Oscar de la Renta

This look isn’t admittedly the easiest to wear in the office or on the morning school run – but if you like your make-up to be strong, impactful and pretty easy to recreate, this is the season to get creative with the blackest liquid eyeliner. From exaggerated lines drawn a few millimetres below your lower lash line to graphic cat-eye flicks or only lining half of your upper lid, you can go as subtle or creative as you like.

‘A terrific way to get a smooth and perfectly placed line is to map out the shape with a white eyeliner pencil beforehand,’ says celebrity make-up artist Lori Leib. ‘Once it looks good, go over it with a gel or liquid liner.’


Try: Make Up For Ever makes a White Aqua Eyes Liner (Dh95, Sephora) – once you have the perfect shape, you can trace over the top with a high-pigment, slim liner in black. Try L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim (Dh75, counters nationwide).

Natural hair


As seen at: Rag & Bone and Chanel

This one is music to our ears, as natural hair is a big trend for the season ahead – and it requires very little effort to get right. We’re not talking about bed-head waves or tousled styles (which actually take time and skill to achieve perfectly) – but styles you wear on the days you get up and don’t have the time or energy to do anything with your hair.

Take, for example, the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalk, where stylist Sam McKnight used absolutely no products in models’ hair. He explains, ‘It was clean, unbrushed natural hair, tucked under hats and scarves or flowing free. Absolutely no products were used. I wanted the hair to have a true, light, “morning” feel. Not just out of bed, but more out of bed, showered, shampooed, conditioned and left to air-dry. These girls care for their hair.’


Try: Treat yourself to bottles of volumising shampoo and conditioner, which will add body and texture to your locks (no effort required). Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo (Dh145) and Conditioner (Dh150, are ideal.

Hair embellishments


As seen at: Rodarte, Alexander McQueen and Erdem

Looking for an easy way to bring your hair in line with new season trends? It doesn’t get much easier than clipping in a few embellishments, tying in an accessory, or sliding on a bejewelled band.

‘First things first, always keep your hair simple,’ advises celebrity hair stylist Adam Reed.

‘A twist or knot is the best way to wear any type of accessory; otherwise it gets too confused and complicated.’

He adds, ‘Don’t be scared to show off grips or pins and use them as accessories in their own right. It makes it a lot easier when you’re doing it yourself. And try using other accessories such as brooches or necklaces in your hair, as this can add a totally new spin.’


Try: Add interest to your locks and get ethereal with floral embellishments, such as this pale pink Hairband with flowers (Dh59, H&M).

Louise Emma Clarke

Louise Emma Clarke