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A/W 2016 Trend Report

Welcome to a hot new beauty season complete with a raft of new hair and make-up looks. Here’s our edit of the best straight off the runway…


Glitter is now for grown-ups. Hurrah! Follow Burberry’s lead - their make-up artist Wendy Rowe used Burberry Shimmer Dust to enhance and embellish facial features. “I created two glitter looks at Burberry; ranging from dispersed flecks, to all out glitter ‘tears of joy’ using iridescent gold and navy,” explains Rowe. “There’s a fine line with glitter and it’s important to keep the application organic and random. Make sure to use a big enough grade of glitter to give a cool edge to your look when trying this trend at home,” she says.

Burberry Shimmer Dust
Topshop Glitter Pot



“This season was all about dark lips,” says makeup artist Pat McGrath who created a plum pout at Louis Vuitton. “The look is purely rebellious, but it's not grunge.” At Dior makeup artist Peter Philips agreed: “It’s more like “luxuriously and decadently dark.” Dig out your lipliner as you’ll need it to perfect this shiny, dark lip. Cotton buds are also handy to tidy up and soften the edges, then apply a hint of blush, keep your eyes pared back and wear your brows soft and fluffy to make the look less harsh.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in All Out Gorgeous
Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss in Polished Fuchsia
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipliner in Mauve Moment



Bold, clumpy lashes were everywhere from Jenny Packham to Jason Wu, with the dramatic, spiky lashes that Peter Philips created on the models at Dior winning beauty editors’ approval. Load up lashes with plenty of mascara by trying the make-up guru’s trick: “Use a primer first like Lash Maximiser [Dior], then apply black mascara, but use the tip of the wand in circles on the lashes to draw them together,” says Philips.

Dior Lash Maximizer
Dior Show Lash Extension



This trend is all about turning your jewellery, brooches and super-sized safety pins into hair accessories. At McQueen, creative hairstylist Guido adorned textured twists with “a whole lot of jewellery chucked on”, cautioning against too much symmetry. “The chunkier and more eccentric the better. At first I wanted it to look a bit off,” he says “but it actually looks really pretty and romantic.” Remember to keep your hair tousled, not tightly-wound up or it could look too bridal.

Show Beauty Premier Working Texturising Spray



The deepest, darkest nails were seen everywhere from Anna Sui to Julien McDonald. The good news? “These almost black colours suit every skin tone and are so much easier to wear than the pastel or bright shades from past seasons,” says manicurist Adam Slee, who recently created this look on Rita Ora. “They are great alternatives to the classic rouge noir,” he says. “Aubergine, bottle green, navy and deep wine, and the shinier the better. A touch of shimmer is so much more expensive-looking than matte.” If you have a long nail bed paint to the sides but if they are shorter and wider Slee recommends leaving a bigger gap creating the illusion that the nails are narrower and longer. “It’s a tried-and-tested method from the Hollywood days,” he says.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Black Cherry
Chanel Le Top Coat Velvet
Rimmel Finishing Touch Ultra Shine Top Coat



Coiled chignons were the favourite up do on the A/W16 runways, where ears are covered to make them look like a style from a Turner painting. At Prada, Guido gave the hair a romantic feel and at Oscar de la Renta his “soft 18th century painting” hairdo was given a historic, ladylike feel by creating looseness at the nape. Pin yours in and secure with hairspray to hold the style all day.

Show Beauty Premiere Finishing Spray



Where eyes were the focus liner was used to create extreme, uniquely modern and punky black shapes. For a similar effect, get creative and move away from everything you know about the liquid liner, experimenting with wings and shapes on the outer and inner corners. Pair with fresh skin and a hint of cheek and lip colour.

MAC Chromaline in Black
Charlotte Tilbury Eyeliner Brush
Images from info@imaxtree.com
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