Autumn/winter makeup trends

November 6, 2012

With winter well and truly upon us not only is it time to change your wardrobe but also your makeup. A fresh cosmetic look can really help you look your best.

But what key trends should you be following this autumn/winter?

Gothic Drama

The autumn/winter fashion weeks were awash with dramatic, gothic style makeup. So think pale skin, deep red lips and kohl lined eyes. At the Giles show the models were seen sporting hollow eyes, while at Gucci the gothic vibe came from the deep red lips and at Alexander Wang the models were given sunken cheekbones. What’s more Tom Pecheux used The Addams Family as inspiration for the looks at Marni.

Get Gothic drama this autumn/winter.

Get Gothic drama this autumn/winter. © Dana Rothstein |

So if you want to get the look yourself think kohl rimmed eyes with smoky eyeshadow, sculptured cheekbones and deep red lips.

Get graphic

When makeup artists on the autumn/winter catwalks weren’t going all Goth they were ensuring the model’s eyes were making a statement. At Mary Katrantzou there were graphic geometric designs gracing the eyes while at Lanvin the classic feline flick was seen and at Erdem there were tiny triangles.

So for a great party look you can’t go wrong with using eyeliner to make your eyes stand out. However, if you are opting for dramatic eyes it’s important to keep the rest of your look simple so they stand out and you don’t look over done.

Make your eyes pop

It seems that the autumn/winter 2012-13 catwalks were all about the eyes if they weren’t gothic looking or with dramatic eyeliner they were bright and daring.

In fact all the colours of the rainbow were seen on the models from blues and greens to ruby reds the eyes truly made a statement. At Roberto Calvalli purples, greens and golds were blended to create a new take on the smoky look. There was even tangerine at Dries Van Noten and for a subtle take on the trend Stella McCartney had the models wearing electric blue mascara.

Red lips

If you are not a fan of dramatic eyes then you could take inspiration from the Rick Owens, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders and Zac Posen shows (to name just a few) where they showcased the classic yet dramatic red lip. It’s perfect for night-time glamour and is a simple way of making your day-time look party ready.

Flushed cheeks

There is something quite innocent about doll-like flushed pink cheeks and at Michael Kors, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana as well as Temperley London the models looked like they had just come in from the outdoors. What’s more it is a very easy look to achieve and looks really fresh on anyone.

White out

We’re all used to black eyeshadows being used on the eyes but this season saw white used in eye makeup. Giambattista Valli, Marni and Fendi used it as eyeshadow round the eyes which looked really bright and fresh and can be a great way of perking up your makeup look.

However, it wasn’t just on the eyes that white makeup was used at Prada it was even used as contouring on the cheekbones and temples.

If you are looking for a new look this autumn/winter then simply by choosing a new makeup you can keep your style looking fresh and on trend without having to spend a fortune.