Update your look for autumn

By Liz Griffiths [email protected]

Liz Griffiths has a degree in Journalism and Editorial Design and, for six months, joined the Algarve Resident team as a news reporter and feature writer. Now back in the UK, she has started her own blog, The Girl Who Cried Fashion. Her main passions are Portugal, fashion, travel and vinho verde!

So, the summer is almost over, the nights are drawing in and the air is getting a little chillier… and after a summer of sun-kissed skin where a slick of mascara and a dusting of blusher is all that was needed for an evening out, now is the time to give your look a spring clean.

If you’re like me and your make up bag currently consists of summer essentials -bronzer, mascara and lipgloss – you can’t beat the catwalk for some much-needed inspiration before heading out to treat yourself to some products for the forthcoming autumnal months.

Now for all those blusher-addicts out there (me included!), you’ll be pleased to know that Oscar de la Renta’s show saw models shimmy down the catwalk bearing beautiful fuchsia pink cheeks – and it wasn’t because the heating was turned up a notch.

This look is all about a vibrant and noticeable flash of colour across the cheeks. If you have visions of a five-year-old girl with circles of her mummy’s bright lipstick on her cheeks, worry not.

Toffee-brown lipstick
Toffee-brown lipstick

This look is teamed with very down-played eyes to keep this look ethereal and with the cheeks as the sole focus. To brighten the eyes, add a subtle pink sweep of shadow to the outer eyes to bring the look together.

Marc Jacobs’ show saw models with hair swept from their faces to reveal strong, severe eyes. All that is needed for this look is a thick line of liquid eyeliner along the upper lid of the eye, ending with a blunted flick rather than the more romantic long sweeping flick. One layer of mascara is then added to the upper lid with the bottom lid left bare. Add an orangey-bronze shadow into the crease of the eye to contour the look.

To balance the look, add a rosey-tint to the lips with a clear gloss over the top to keep things fresh. Wear your hair up in a ballet-style bun so the focus is on the eyes and keep skin dewy and free of any bronzer!

For a look to reflect autumn, look to Rodarte’s show where the palette was gorgeous russet reds, warm bronze and golds. This is for those girls who can’t say goodbye to the bronze look just yet!

If you like to have your lips as the main focus, this look is also perfect for you. Apply a rich layer of toffee-brown lipstick and a brick-red pencil to line your lips.

The bronze look
The bronze look

This will add impact and by applying just a subtle bronze shadow across your inner and outer eye lids, and with no mascara needed, your eyes will not fight for the attention given to your lips.  

So here are some autumnal looks for you to try out.

All achievable, subtle and on-trend and, fingers crossed, you won’t end up looking like that five-year-old girl who has raided her mum’s make up bag.