10 Makeup Trends for Autumn / Winter You Need to Try

by Kathleen Loxton
Backstage runway make up squad

As we transition from Summer into the Autumn and winter months, not only does the colour pallet of our wardrobe change from light pastels to the introduction of darker hues of browns and olives, our makeup also follows suit. The runway has been awash with some gorgeous new makeup trends for us to try. Here we give you our top 10 trends to try out! Prepare to get autumn and winter makeup ready and bang on trend!

1)  Brown Smokey Eye

This week Victoria Beckham showed us her top makeup tricks as she partners up with Estée Lauder with the inclusion of a smokey eye and a gorgeous nude lip, autumn makeup perfection!

Supermodels Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss with dark copper eye shadows


The smokey eye is nothing new, but this autumn and winter sees the updated version of the smokey eye in brown. It was all over the runway including Gigi Hadid sporting the look for Diane Von Furstenberg.

We’re particularly loving the brown smokey eye for and autumn and winter as it’s less overpowering than the black smokey eye we’ve seen in seasons past. It’s sexy and strong but subtle enough to be worn during the day and compliments the colour pallet of autumn perfectly. Estée Lauder’s newest pallet (below)  created with Victoria Beckham is offering the perfect tones to create the look.

Cara Delevigne Estee Lauder AW16 makeup trends

PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest / Estée Lauder

  1. Use a brown eyeliner on the lower lashes and buff a warm brown eye shadow on the lower lid, taking the colour all the way to the corner of the lids, and blend up. For a heavier more dramatic look, use a small brush and ‘pack’ the colour in.
  2. Take a wide blending brush and using a lighter gold shadow, sweep across the upper lid. For the lower lids, use a dark brown eyeliner and line the entire bottom lid. For a more defined eye, take a black eyeliner, and go over the outer corners of the eyelid to create a cat eye shape.
  3. To create a brighter, more open look to the eye, use a highlighter in the inner corners of the eye. We recommend Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Brush on glow BB highlighter 

Autumn / Winter Makeup Tutorial:

Victoria Beckham’s Five Minute Make up Video

2) Copper Eye

This autumn’s runway saw the introduction of the copper eye. If you’re a fan of a natural winter makeup look but still want a bit of an edge, this is the one for you. Subtle in tone but with a beautiful shimmer, this look will see you through from autumn to winter. It’s also perfect for those days when you need a makeup look to take you from day to night.

MAC Amber Lights Eye Shadow is the perfect colour to create the look.

  1. Take a small eyeshadow brush and gently ‘pack’ the colour on to the lower lid and blend upwards.
  2. Gently blend with a wide blending brush.
  3. To give a more dramatic look for the evening, take the eye shadow out to the outer corners of the eye and line the upper and lower lash line with a liquid eyeliner.

3) Peach Eye

An unexpected autumn trend this season is the peach eye. Less heavy than the normal autumn and winter colour we’re used to seeing, the peach eye gives a much lighter makeup look than the other trending options this season.

For this look, it’s important to start with a good eyeshadow primer. We recommend Mac Prep +Prime 24 hour Eye Base. Not only does it give a perfectly neutral base, it will keep your peach eyeshadow in place all day. The key with this look is to keep the look fresh and natural.

  1. Gently apply the peach eyeshadow on the lower lid and take it half way up the lid. For a truly fresh look, skip the eyeliner and instead take the peach eye shadow and blend it on the lower lid.
  2. Final step, apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes to make your eyes really pop.

4) Black and Flick

The black and flick trend is a perfect accompaniment to both the brown smokey and copper hues we are seeing this season.

Eye shadow and black eyeliner flick close up


  1. For an evening dramatic look take a liquid eyeliner pen and draw along the upper lash line, taking the line wider as you approach the outer corner of the eye.
  2. Reapply the brown or copper eye shadow to the lid and fill the colour above the outer eyeliner until it reaches the outer tip of the eyebrow.
  3. Layer on the mascara and your dramatic black and flick look is complete!

Inspiration From the Runway

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5) Coloured Eyeliner

If the winter weather usually gets you down, take a page out of Fendi’s (runway) book and brighten up your day with a coloured eyeliner. The perfect way to feel a little brighter even if the weather outside isn’t cooperating!

There are several options you can try out to complete this look, from some really bold standout colours of orange, electric or pastel blues, to a more subtle look by using a white eyeliner. This look also works perfectly with the peachy eyeshadow trend.

  1. Take your chosen eyeliner, and line the bottom eyelid, adding a heavier line on the inner eyelid.
  2. For a more dramatic look, line the upper lash lid with the eyeliner.
  3. To make your eyes really pop, use a liquid gel at the base of the upper lashes to create a strong contrast and defined lash line.

6) Pop Art

A trend that works perfectly with the coloured eyeliner is the ‘Pop Art’ trend seen at both Chanel and Fendi’s shows. With a mix of a smokey eye, bright colours and even textured netting below the brows, the eyes were definitely taking centre stage at both shows.

  1. To create a more wearable take on the trend, use an eyeshadow primer across the lid, apply a bright copper eyeshadow over the entire eye lid and blend upwards.
  2. Take a bright electric blue eyeliner and apply on the lower lash line.
  3. To really create the ‘Pop Art’ feel to the look, take a white eyeliner and and draw a line across the upper lash line taking it to the outer corner of the eyes. For a more dramatic look, the same can be done with a bright eyeshadow in place of the copper hue.

7) Glitter

Nothing screams Christmas more than glitter and apparently Tommy Hilfiger agrees. For his latest runway show he showed us how to wear it this winter in the chicest of ways.

  1. Begin with an eyeshadow primer and apply across the eyelid.
  2. Using a peach eyeshadow sweep it half way across the eye lid.
  3. Take a glitter eyeshadow, such as NYX COSMETICS Face & body glitter brilliants in gold and pat half way up the eyelid. Re-dab the brush and add extra glitter onto the inside corner of the eye for a subtle but striking look.

Glittery Smokey Eye and Contour Makeup Tutorial by Laura Lee

Coloured Lipstick Trend

One of the key trends for AW16 is the coloured lipstick. A super simple way to add a pop of colour to any look. This winters lipstick colours aren’t always about dark, a refreshing trend was seeing some bright winter make up on the runway.

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8) Purple Lip

There’s no better time than autumn and winter to do a bold lip and this seasons hottest trend to try is the deepest red or black lipstick. Seen at Marc Jacobs runway show, the bold lip is giving a nod to 90’s goth makeup and has never looked better. This season look to invest in Tom Fords’s Violet Fatale.

9) Orange Lip

Fendi was not only responsible for the trend of Pop Art this season but also the orange lip. A sure fire way to brighten an otherwise muted grey or brown outfit is to juxtapose it with a bright orange lip. We’re loving SHU UEMURA Kye sheer colour balm in Orange. It’s bright in colour but the balm base will keep lips luscious and moisturized at the same time!

10) Red Lip

We couldn’t have an autumn winter trend without the inclusion of a red lip! It’s a classic, and looks fabulous with an all black outfit and works for both day and night. Nars Audacious lipstick in Annabella will see you through in style.


The Best Eye Makeup Trends For Your Eye Colour

Celebrity make up inspiraton grid: Angelina Jolie, Adele & Keira Knightley


  •  Blue Eyes 

Peach and Terracotta are two colours that work beautiful with blue eyes. They make your eyes a gorgeous focal point and the warm colour really accentuates your eyes. Apply a creamy peach eyeshadow over eyes for a truly fresh look. We recommend Mac’s Cream Colour Base in Light Beige with Peach. This eyeshadow comes in a creamy formula that gives you a beautiful peachy beige colour as well as a gorgeous fresh and dewy finish.

  • Green Eyes

A colour that works beautifully with green eyes is a strong electric bright blue. Using it above the upper lashes creates a great focus point of your makeup look and the colour contracts perfectly with your eyes and really makes them pop. Take a blue eyeliner, we recommend L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Midnight  across the upper lid and in one motion, line the lid, taking it out to a thicker edge on the corners of your eyes. Not only will you be nailing one of the trends this season, the colour will work perfectly against the green of your eyes.

  • Brown Eyes

Due to brown being considered a fairly neutral colour, those with brown eyes can wear most colours. However there are a couple of colours that make brown eyes really pop. As with green eyes, a bright blue really makes brown eyes stand out. The contrast between the bright electric colour and a darker shade will certainly draw attention to the feature of your eyes.

However if you are looking for a more subtle colour, a gold and beige tone works beautifully. Take a base colour of beige, we recommend Mac’s Cream Colour Base in Bronze and layer half way up the lid. Then take Mac’s Dazzle Shadow in ‘I like to watch’ and using a larger blending brush take a small amount of the product and dust over lids. For a stronger evening look use a small eye shadow brush and apply to the eye lids, applying more product on the lower lids and lightening the colour on the way up.

Close up model pic of AW16 daytime make up


Daytime Looks for Autumn/Winter

When the weather begins to turn and temperatures drop, it’s important to remember our skin will be feeling the effects. Therefore during the colder months it’s a good idea to adjust the items we use on a daily basis on our face.

  • Less is more

Opt for a lighter foundation during winter or even better try a tinted moisturizer. Foundation can be really drying and if skin is already dry it won’t create a smooth finish. A great tinted moisturizer that still has good coverage is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. It’s heavier than your regular tint but still far lighter than a foundation. It also contains an SPF 30 which is important even during the winter.

  • Eye makeup

One great thing about eye makeup is you can go as heavy on defining eyes without ruining or drying skin. If you prefer a more made up look, choose a beige or gold colour on eyes for a warm finish. It’s perfect in autumn and winter. To make eyes sparkle and to add more of a Christmassy feel, use Mac’s Dazzle Shadow in ‘I like to watch’.

  • Setting Spray

Once your makeup is complete, use a setting spray. Urban Decay’s Chill Cooling Setting Spray is great all year round. Not only does it set makeup and stop it smudging, it also keep it looking gorgeous and dewy, the perfect finish for colder months. The spray works wonders on both dry and combination skin.

Model shot of AW16 evening make up trends


Evening/Christmas Party Looks

Christmas is the perfect time to go a little heavier on the glitter and shimmer than we would any other time of the year. The general rule of thumb of makeup is to never do two focal points in one look, however Christmas is a slight exception to the rule! One of the hottest trends for this seasons is a bold lip and a bold eye. Can’t do them together? Think again! Although too heavy for day and possibly any other time of year, for Christmas this look works so well.

  • Eyes
  1. Applying an eyeshadow primer such as Mac Prep +Prime 24 hour Eye Base
  2. Take a bronze pallet such as Mac’s Mineralizing eye shadow palette  and layer the darkest bronze colour across the bottom lid. Use a small brush and really pat the colour in giving a good solid base and definition to the lower lids.
  3. Next take the very top of a small brush and half way across the lid, layer a layer of the lighter bronze colour on. Gently blend the colours together.
  4. Taking the darker bronze colour apply the shadow to the top half of the eyelid, taking it out to the edges of the eye.
  5. Use a large blending brush, and blend the colours together.
  6. Apply a small amount of light gold shadow to the brush and sweep it all over the eyelid to create a smooth blended look.
  7. For added definition, use a liquid eyeliner and run a line across the top lashes.
  8. Apply eyeliner to the lower lids.
  9. Take a small eyeshadow brush, using a small amount of a dark gold eyeshadow apply to the lower lashes, sweeping across to create a really bold eye.
  10. Apply mascara
  • Eyebrows

Fill in eyebrows to create a great shape and definition to eyes. The key is to use a light hand and build the product up. Strong eyebrows help to balance out your bold eyeshadow too.

  1. Take an eyebrow brush and gently tap into eyebrow colour. A great product is RMK’s Powder Eyebrow  which comes with a brush to apply and blend. Begin in the inner eyebrow and work your way out.
  2. Use the other side of the brush to blend. Go lightly and build up as necessary.
  • Foundation

When doing a heavy eye, it’s always advisable to do your foundation last. Eyeshadow is likely to fall during the application, and once your foundation is set it will smear your look.

Carefully apply your usual foundation, being careful not to smudge your eyes. Don’t go too heavy, just enough to allow a smooth coverage and balance out the boldness of your eyeshadow.

  • Lips

Nothing screams Christmas like a red lip. This season sees the red and purple lipstick as the colour of the season. Create a really dramatic look by blending both colours together for a gorgeous rich and party ready look

  1. Take a lipstick brush. Sweep some red Lipstick on to the brush. We love Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick. Begin by applying the product to the outside of the lips, following the lines of your lips and work your way in.
  2. Take Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale and layer over the lips, particularly focusing on the centre of the lips. It will create a great deep blend of colours and the two colours mixed together help balance each other out.

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  • Eyeshadow 

Mac’s how Royal is a must have for both autumn and winter. It can be used as both an eye shadow and an eyeliner and can be used to create the ‘Pop Art’ and the ‘Coloured Eyeliner’ trends. Simply use with a small eyeshadow brush and line the lower lid for a coloured eyeliner.

Contour Pallet

In recent years the world has gone crazy for contouring! One we absolutely trust is Mac – All The Right Angles Contour Kit.  It’s creamy texture is great for creating and blending strong lines.

  • Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30

One of the best BB creams on the market is Mac’s Prep and Prime; blurring away imperfections even before you’ve laid your first dab of foundation on. It helps conceal uneven colour, and gives you a subtle glow. It’s important to remember UV rays can still be strong during autumn and winter. Therefore products with SPF 30 are definite must haves in your makeup bag.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Estée Lauder and Kiehls

Skin Routines for Winter

  • Winter Makeup Tips For Dry Skin.

The best tip for a flawless makeup look is to start with a good skincare routine. To avoid skin drying out during the colder months switch up your autumn and winter makeup routine as well as your skin care routine.

The best time to let your skin breath and replenish is at night, and the way to maximize this process is by using night time serums. Not only will your face feel more hydrated in the morning, it will give you a much cleaner smooth base to apply your makeup.

Serum recommendations 

One of the most talked about serums in recent years has been Boots No 7. serum. Reasonably priced at £27.o0 (or often 2 for 3 deals at Boots) It’s a fantastic product to use both morning and night. Simply remove all your makeup, and apply evenly over the entire face. The No 7 serum works best when used in conjunction with either the No 7 day care cream for the daytime, or the Restore and Renew cream at night.

For a more intense night serums, try Estée Lauder’s night repair or Kiehl’s Midnight recovery. They both do wonders for helping to repair skin while you sleep. Plus they will help give you a perfect skin base to try out those winter trends! Apply on clean skin and then moisturize with a night time cream.

A quick guide to getting the perfect autumn / winter trend spot on

  • For Autumn makeup don’t be afraid to use colour. It’s a great way to brighten up an outfit in gloomier months.
  • Winter eye makeup is a great time to try out a darker lip and bold eye together.
  • When considering winter formal makeup, avoid using glitter, instead use a gold eyeshadow with a shimmer.
  • Deep winter makeup works really well with an all black outfit. It will make your look pop and add a touch of drama to your look.
  • For winter, go for a dewy look to create a bright winter makeup look. Opt for a tinted moisturizer and peachy tones.
  • Winter eyeshadow colours such as golds, and browns will give you a ‘made-up look’ without wearing too much makeup.

Some things to remember before deciding on what makeup look to choose :

  • Always choose your outfit before making a decision on your makeup choice
  • When using the glitter trend, be sure to start off with a light application and build up.
  • If you need a look that will take you from day to night, opt for a brown smokey eye that can be built up and topped up before heading out for the evening.
  • When doing a heavy black eyeliner, be sure to also balance the look by using an eyebrow pencil to even out the boldness of the eye.

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