Tiny changes, BIG impact



20:09 GMT, 19 September 2012

Just one small change can make a world of difference, whether it’s a new shade of lipstick or a fresh finish for your skin. Update your look in an instant with autumn’s top make-up trends.


‘How do I get smoky eyes’ is one of the most Googled beauty questions — this season the key look for eye make-up is soft and smudgy.

Simple make-over: It's easy to up date your look by adding a new product to your make-up bag

Simple make-over: It's easy to up date your look by adding a new product to your make-up bag

Make life easier by choosing one of the new soft pencils, such as Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow Pencils, 5.99.

Simply shade colour just above the lash line, then use the foam-tipped applictor at the other end of the pencil to soften the effect. The pencils come in five shades: black, brown, grey, navy and violet.

Finish the look with two coats of the new Maybelline Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara, 7.99, which has particles of kohl built into the formula for deep colour, and a matte finish that intensifies the smudgy look.

Alternatively, Frontcover Smoulder Eyes, 25, frontcovercosmetics.com, is a new palette of eye shadows and liners with four smoky eye effects: metallic for night-time; creamy for a sophisticated finish; fiery to warm your complexion; and red-hot for serious showstoppers.

Best of all, the set includes step-by-step instructions to create each look. Frustratingly, this kit doesn’t include mascara, so you will need to apply a couple of coats of your favourite brand.


Strong red lips are a classic look, and for this season they have a rebellious feel. The key to getting it right is to look as if you’ve not made too much effort. Simply point the bullet at your lips, apply and go.

Classic look: Bold lips never go out of fashion

Classic look: Bold lips never go out of fashion

A bold scarlet is L’Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse in Rebel Red, 7.99, but for a rock ’n’ roll edge go for Rimmel London Kate in shade 001, 5.49. It’s a dramatic, long-lasting matte red from the Kate Moss Rimmel collection.

For red lips with a real wow factor, try Dita Von Teese’s new Art Deco Lipstick collection at Debenhams: the stand-out shade is Parlez Vous, 17.50.

Matte lipsticks can accentuate the tiniest crack in dry lips, so try Lanolips Golden Ointment, 17.99, victoriahealth.com. Dab it on ten minutes before applying lipcolour for a smooth finish.

For the same effect at a budget price, try Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera, 1.99.
Alternatively, pick a formula packed with lip-plumping ingredients. HighTech Cosmetics Instant Volume Lip Filler, 20, Harvey Nichols, in Grenadine, is ideal.


Flawless finish: Max Factor foundation

Flawless finish: Max Factor foundation

Dewy skin has been the go-to look for years. This season it’s all about building a flawless, shine-free base. Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3-In-1 Foundation, 11.99 (in Boots and Superdrug from October) is a multi-tasking foundation that is a primer, concealer and foundation in one. The so-called ‘intelligent’ formula primes the skin with a flexi-hold technology that creates a lightweight film over the face.

The product also contains micro-correctors to protect against sweat and sebum. The texture is light and easy to blend. I loved it and can confirm that it provides good coverage without looking too heavy.

If you don’t trust one product to do three jobs, try the new FitMe range from Maybelline. It consists of a transparent, gel-based foundation, 7.99, with micro-fine pigments to give a sheer, light coverage.

The novelty is that you choose the best match of concealer (5.99) and powder (5.99) to go with your foundation from a skintone-matching chart at Maybelline counters in Boots and Superdrug.

I’ve tried it and it lasted from 10am to 11pm without needing a touch-up.

Think pink: Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat

Think pink: Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat


Beauty insiders call the look ‘the pretty side of flustered’ and during London Fashion Week models appeared on the catwalks at Mulberry, Temperley, Michael Kors and Issa, with pale skin and rosy circles of blusher.

It’s not an easy look to copy. For a wearable version, try applying blusher low under the apples of the cheeks to create a natural soft flush of colour. Cream colour, such as Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Flushed, 7.99, delivers the softest look.

If you’ve got money to splash out, Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat, 48.50 (020 7591 6380) has two shades of powder blusher with a big brush so you can create natural hint of dusky pink to full-on rosy cheeks. A cheaper option for this look is new Rimmel London Blush in Mono Pink Rose, 3.99, a silky smooth powder palette.

Shiny shades: Mavala's Heavy Metal Collection

Shiny shades: Mavala's Heavy Metal Collection


Metallics are big in the fashion world this season and painting your nails is the quickest way to dip into the trend.

‘Think high-reflective shine with a foil-like finish, in striking and unusual shades,’ says celebrity manicurist Jenni Draper.

George at Asda has Molten Metal in Pirate Spaceman, silver-lilac, and Party Animal, a gorgeous metallic pink, 2.75.

Mavala’s Heavy Metal Collection, 4.30 each at John Lewis and Debenhams, has shiny shades including Paradise Blue, Purple Sensation and Satin, a glamorous iridescent red.

Or try the alternative French polish — paint your nail tips in gold or silver over this season’s darkest reds and inky blues. Try Andrea Fulerton Naomi and Ashvina, 3.99 each at Superdrug.

Colour injection: Make Up Store pink mascara

Colour injection: Make Up Store pink mascara


Coloured mascara is in fashion — at Stella McCartney’s autumn/winter show, models were flashing Princess Diana-style electric blue eyelashes.

The secret to getting coloured mascara right is ensuring it enhances, rather than overwhelms, your eyes. Max Factor’s new Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising Mascaras, 6.99, are customised for your eye colour. Black Pearl is for brown eyes, Black Sapphire for blue eyes and Black Ruby for green eyes. The base shade is black with light-reflective metallic particles.

M&S Limited Collection Mascara in purple, 5, volumises, curls and lengthens lashes while adding a subtle plum shade to make eyes stand out.

For evening, the Make Up Store’s coloured mascaras, 16, makeupstore.se, come in blue, green, turquoise and pink. Wear with minimal eye make-up for the best effect.

Marc Jacobs Dot eau de parfum

This month, Marc Jacobs launches the quirky Dot, 36.50, theperfumeshop.com. It looks like a fantasy ladybird and the scent is a fruity blend of red berries, dragon fruit and orange blossom.

A dramatic launch for autumn is Lady Gaga’s Fame, 24.50, thefragranceshop.co.uk. The scent appears to be black and is infused with crushed tiger orchid.

Now the weather is cooler, it’s worth using an enriched oil to restore radiance to dry, tired complexions. The latest range from NU DE skincare is based on probiotics and omega oils, ingredients that nourish skin from the inside out. Many cleansers can be drying, but the Perfect Cleansing Oil, 28, John Lewis, removes every speck of make-up without leaving skin feeling dry and tight. Apply by warming in your hands first, massage over the face and
wash off with warm water.

Rollers are back in fashion

Rollers are staging a comeback! Such is the demand for comfortable sleep-in rollers that they have just gone on sale in 200 Boots stores. They are made of the softest foam and feel incredibly light — I accidentally left the house wearing one! The self-grip action means you curl sections of hair around them and the rollers stay put all night. Sets available in medium, 4.69, and large, 4.99.