Autumn beauty's most-wanted
White liner worn as eyeshadow, molten chocolate enamel, luxurious multitaskers - welcome to autumn's most-wanted beauty products.
If Estee Lauder's brilliant creative makeup director Tom Pecheux had his way, navy liner would be as ubiquitous as, well, black. After all, "blue really is just a faded version of black", he says (with a certain Gallic insouciance), by way of explaining his blue streak. But the writing for navy liner was very definitely on the wall backstage when Pecheux and his team used stencils to perfect dark navy "floating cats eyes" on all 32 models working Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello's fall/winter 2014 show. In a blue mood? Try Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue, $52, and Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Black Navy, $58.
THE PIXIE CUT
Pamela Anderson underwent arguably the most dramatic beauty transformation of 2013 when she cut her hair short and dyed it brown. She wasn't the first to get a pixie cut, nor will she be the last. Sassy, cropped looks are popping up all over. Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Ann Hathaway - they're all now wearing their hair short and sleek. If you want your hair to make an impact in 2014, cut it all off.
There's nothing truly new about multi-taskers; who doesn't know that lipstick will substitute for blusher at a pinch, or that Vaseline will protect the lips as well as remove makeup? What is new in 2014 is the new generation of multi-taskers - shadows with skin-nourishing benefits, blushers that minimise pores, nail enamels that nourish and protect. Beauty is becoming evermore sophisticated and cosmetics and skincare that do double - even triple - duty are the beautifiers in hot demand. Try Trilogy's solve-anything Everything Balm, $39.90.
Black is too goth, navy too safe, dark grey too dull. Enter molten chocolate, a must-have for modern nails. Watch out for it in the lead-up to autumn. We particularly crave Essie's Chocolate Cake, $22.99, and Chanel's mocha-toned Le Vernis in Particuliere, $46.
The beauty counter really is a place where pots of gold reside. Some of the best molten metallics include Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre with sparkling metallic in Initiation, $79, a long-lasting golden-taupe powder-to-cream shadow that gilds the lids particles. Also on the hit list is Estee Lauder's Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio in Gilded Chocolates, $79, which won't crease or fade but will provide a reflective shine. Team with black liner for the best effect.
Beauty's biggest buzzword for the new year could well be 'blur'. 'Blurring' products, also know as skin-perfectors, are a lot like primers, only most are designed to be worn over foundation, where they work a kind of soft-focus magic, softening lines and evening skin tone. Nanoblur, $39.99 (from Farmers) was the first (one unit sold every nine seconds in the UK in 2011), but expect a bucket-load of similar products to be introduced from this month. The first is Lancome's Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfection, $85, but expect options from L'Oreal, Garnier and Clarins very soon.
Electric orange lips have been a hit with makeup artists for a while now. But that doesn't prevent them being on 2014's most-desired list. Cooler than red, flashier than fuschia, orange lips are about as hip as it gets. The easiest colour for all skin types to wear is a universal blood orange. But, as a general rule, if you're fair, go for a pink-orange shade like MAC's Flamingo, $40; it's less in-your-face-than neon, which can look startling on pale skins. Medium and dark skins have less to worry about - the darker your skin, the more intense your shade can be. Maybelline's Color Sensation Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange, $20.99, provides a true jolt.
We're not talking about liner applied to the inner eye rims to make your eye colour 'pop'; we're talking about smudging white (or pale pink) pencil all over your lids. The look is ethereally pretty. NB: If you are wondering why you need to faff around with liner rather than shadow, waxy liner is creamier and more natural-looking than a powder shadow (which can look a bit talc-like) but has more translucent quality than cream.
Not everyone wants to trot around looking like they've just consumed a raspberry iceblock, but there is something very alluring about a berry-stained lip. Makeup artist Dick Page teamed the look beautifully with a nude eye at Michael Kors' recent spring showing, dabbing on a lacquered lipstick first, blotting it down, and finishing off with a light dusting of translucent powder. The key is in the blotting. You're after 'just-bitten', not 'I've just had a good snog'. We love Elizabeth Arden's Beautiful Color Mosturizing Lipstick in Wildberry, $48.
A GOOD BLOWWAVE
Good hair can make such a difference to self-confidence that some stylists actually blow-dry the front of a client's hair first so they begin to feel better even before they've walked out of the salon. A good do will put a spring in your step faster than a gorgeous flatform sneaker.
So when have thick, fluttery lashes never been in? The trick, however, is to mascara them so they're lush but not spidery. Lashes so thick, hairy and spider-like they could scurry away on their own don't do you any favours. Use a good mascara (try Clarins' Wonder Volume, $53, which has an instant thickening effect and won't smudge) and comb them with a clean mascara brush if they start to look arachnid-like.