How to work the biggest make-up and hair trends for autumn

One of the easiest and affordable ways to dip into the new season's looks is through beauty. Whether it's the new it-shade of nail varnish or a refreshing way of tying an updo, there's a way for everyone to jump into the trends from the autumn/winter collections.

We round-up the most accessible and hottest looks to look forward to, from aubergine lips to twiggy-inspired lashes.



  • Dark grey/blue nails

    Where it came from: Since the 90s, Chanel’s Le Vernis varnishes have dictated the nail colour of the season. The it-shade is almost a sell-out launching waiting lists all around the world.

    This season’s shade to note is Orage, a mix of inky moody dark blue and dark grey. It's the blue version of Chanel's classic red - Rouge Noir. 

    How to: Apply one coat of Chanel Le Vernis Orage  (£18, For an affordable alternative, try Barry M's Nail Paint in Navy (£2.99,

  • 60s lashes

    Where it came from: Sixties style icons Twiggy and Goldie Hawn inspired this season's lashes with 60s Bambi-effect eyes at Versace, Rochas, Gucci, Moschino, Versace and Prada. 

    How to: To create this retro look, line your lower lid with white eyeliner. Next, along your lower lash line, make a line of thick dots with black liquid liner, a few millimeters apart. Slowly draw them out so that they make slightly triangular shapes. Add a little mascara to your bottom lashes. For a more natural effect and less fancy dress: keep the lines short, pair with a feline flick on upper eyelid and paint lips in a nude shade. 

  • Blue feline flick

    Where it came from: Kenzo's autumn/winter 2014 collection had David Lynch's 80s film Blue Velvet written all over it. The standard inky black liner was traded for a vibrant blue with a wing that reaches all the way to the brow bone. The look is lean, minimalist and as Stylist's Associate Editor (Beauty) Johanna McGarry puts it, it doubles as "a push-up bra for cheekbones".

    How to: Use Lancome's Artliner (£20, or Barry M (£4.79, in blue in place of your usual black liquid liner. For a work appropriate look, keep the line thin and the flick short. Pair with a black of white outfit.

  • The colour mauve

    Where it came from: Purple shading was a big trend all over the London catwalks. Eyes were painted and lips were kissed with aubergine tones at Burberry and J.W. Anderson that look perfectly autumnal. 

    How to: To avoid looking bruised, the key to this look is gentle and sheer application. Lightly brush coats of purple eye shadow on eyelids and dab purple lipstick, diffusing the colour from the inside of the lips outwards for wine-stained lips. 

  • Full brows

    Where it came from: The Cara Delevingne effect isn't going anywhere yet. At Chloe, Stella McCartney and Chanel brows were thick yet neat, at Isabel Marant they were bushy and untamed and at Jean Paul Gaultier they were in prominant black. 

    How to: Follow this guide to fill out your eyebrows using your natural brow bone.

  • Glitter lips

    Where it came from: At Rodarte, the models' lips were coated in generous helpings of glitter lip-gloss to make them look like futuristic princesses. 

    How to: Keep eyes clean and let the lips to the talking with plenty of sparkly lip gloss.

  • Black cherry lips

    Where it came from: Siren reds were switched for a deeper black cherry lip against pale skin at Matthew Williamson.  

    How to: Apply Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry (£7.49,

  • Neat buns

    Where it came from: Carolina Herrera sent her models down the catwalk with chic, neat buns, as did Jenny Packham, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rag & Bone, Altuzarra, Christian Siriano and Naeem Khan. Gone are the days of messy top knots. It's all about neat updos this season.

  • The pumped-up low ponytail

    Where it came from: At the Chanel show, The Stepford Wives met Supermarket sweep with ponytails that were immaculately smooth at the crown, but voluminous in the lengths. Low ponytails were also seen at Valentino and Richard Nicoll. “I wanted the hair to balance out as more modern with casual nonchalance and cool,” said Duffy, Vidal Sassoon’s global ambassador who created the look.

    How to: Rule out a centre-parting and comb your hair into a low ponytail. Secure your pony at the nape of the neck, and build volume at the lengths by backcombing. Braid the odd strand for a fun, playful edge. 

  • Plaits

    Where it came from: Cornrows made a comeback at Alexander McQueen, Marchesa and DKNY. 

    How to: Incorporate the look into a chic updo using this tutorial.

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