The Autumn /Winter AW16 catwalk shows were awash with new colour schemes. It wasn’t so much the new looks and shapes that were exciting, it was the subtle makeup palettes that were used.
The earthy colours of olive, terracotta and copper were key and there were new neutrals of teal, slate, toffee and dark chocolate, jewel tones of burgundy, crimson and indigo. I loved the soft pinks, lavender greys and rose taupes.
To add to these gorgeous hues there were a few brights – sunshine yellow, orange and scarlet.
Amongst these colours were a plethora of animal prints, plaids, sheer fabrics, velvet, pinstripes and military looks. The 80’s theme was revived and is perfect for the party season. Sleeves seemed to be the detail the designers focussed on with bell sleeves, one shoulder and one-sleeve options.
How do you work out how to put it all together? I like to keep a pinterest board of all my favourite new looks and then I add make up and hair to compliment the clothes.
There were very definite make up trends this year. There are no rules as such except the golden rule of course; experiment but always choose shades and hairstyles that suit you, your colouring and face shape.
One of the strongest trends was the dark lip. It was almost black on the Chanel catwalk and Peter Philips achieved this by using a black pencil all over the lips before adding an overlay of colour; not an easy look to carry off for everyone. This works well with the renaissance look, with pinstripes and with gorgeous velvets. If you have perfect, full lips, great teeth and a pale skin this is for you. The lips are so strong that you need no eye make up and minimal blush as the lips must be the whole focus. For most of us a crimson or berry colour is much easier to wear and there is plenty of choice this season.
I recommend Arianne Poole Luxury Matte Lipstick in Wicked – a deep plum or Red Carpet – a rich red (£17.00)
If your eyes are your best feature then the smokey eye is a flattering look that most of us love. Again it creates a mysterious feel and so will be great for evening. However it’s a versatile look and can be worn with almost anything, as long as you use the right tone and depth of colour. The main colours used on the catwalk were black and grey but to make this look more wearable I would suggest choosing a shade that works for your colouring. So choose taupe if you are fair, olive if you have warm colouring and wear charcoal if you have dark hair. Also choose paler colours if you have small eyes.
To get the smokey look I suggest Ariane Poole Eyeshadow Trio in Riviera or Bella (£23.00)
For a more dramatic look first line the eyes with Ariane Poole Gel Eyeliner pencil in Noir (£16.00)
With stunning make up looks like these a simple hairstyle works best. The low ponytail was popular again on the catwalks, as were simple chignons and low side partings. There was a trend for hair accessories, which were jewelled and extravagant, More high maintenance were the gorgeous finger waves seen at Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Jenny Packham.
If you are looking for a prettier subtler look for your make up, then the new fresh-faced look is for you. Keep skin perfectly primed with a natural looking base. Then use a cream blusher to the apples of the cheeks – rose pink and peach shades work best. Finish with a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones and the brows. Wear this with mascara and a stain of lipstick, which is close to your own lip colour.
With the emphasis on being natural this look works well with casual clothes, with soft pastel velvets and sheer fabrics. It looks good with natural textured hair especially curls.
For the blush try Ariane Poole Glow Cheek Stick in Playful and Ignite (£22.00).
Finally concentrating on ‘going out’ and ‘dressing up’ although anything goes I think we all need a bit of glitter in our lives. This make up look was seen at Burberry and Kenzo. Artistically it looks great dabbed onto the outer corner of your eye moving down to the top of the cheekbones. My tip would be to use a glitter pencil and apply to the centre of your eyelid. This looks fab when you are wearing sheer fabrics and of course the 80’s look.
Try Ariane Poole Glitter Eyeliner Pencil in Black/Silver or Blue. (£14.00)
The hair can be wild – waves, curl or frizz are fine as long as they are controlled. Have crimpers, tongs and styling wands to hand.
Always use a protective hair product to avoid over-drying the hair. I recommend CO by Andrew Collinge Hair Moisturiser £8.00
Written by Liz Collinge.