Transition into the new season not just with your wardrobe, but with your beauty bag too! We’ve collected five of the favourite looks of the season for you to try. Go on, be adventurous this winter!  

 

BRONZED GODDESS
Whether it’s the full Midas touch in the form of an obscenely radiant highlighter or gilded lips, metallics have pushed through as one of the most glamorous trends to try this season. Luxurious bronze and copper tones have been a favourite as they complement a multitude of skin tones and bring a much-needed sun-kissed glow to the face. This trend is the most versatile as it can be achieved in a variety of ways – from coppery eyeshadow like MAC’s Coppering (R220, Edgars) or bronze lipstick like Revlon’s Super lustrous lipstick in Cocoa Bronze (R159, Dis-Chem). If you are a DIY fundi like me, try creating your own metallic lipstick by mixing your favourite metallic eyeshadow with Inglot’s Duraline (R269, Edgars).

 

 

HIGH-SHINE LIPS
While matte lips continue to be a favoured option amongst most makeup enthusiasts, plump and glossy lips have started to make their way back onto the scene and this season, the emphasis is on super amped-up, high-shine lips. Paired with a simple, natural-looking matte face, the look is both seductive and chic without looking over-done. To achieve the look, simply apply a layer of clear gloss on top of your favourite lipstick or try the highly pigmented Colorsplurge™ Patent Lips lipgloss range from Black Opal (R165, Clicks). My favourite shade from the range is Violine.

 

MONOCHROME MADNESS
One of the most striking trends this season is the alluring pairing of eyeshadow and lipstick in the same shade. As burgundy, blackened plum and oxblood are the quintessential hues of the cold season, the trend takes on a chic, grungy approach by matching vampy lips with smokey burgundy or blackened plum eyes. A deliciously dark vampy lipstick to use is Urban Decay Vice Comfort matte lipstick in Blackmail (R230, Foschini) or Wet n Wild’s Vamp It Up (R49.95, Clicks). For the smokey eye, MAC and Inglot have a wide selection of plum and burgundy single eyeshadows to choose from, while the NYX Professional Makeup Full Throttle Eyeshadow quad palette in Bossy (R164.95, Clicks) is perfect for those who prefer a set palette.

 

 

 

BIG EYES
One of the more daring trends of the season involves accentuating the eyes with not one, but two pairs of faux lashes to bring about a romantic, doe-eyed appeal. Indeed we are all familiar with wearing falsies (and you can read more about how to apply them here), however this trend emphasises big eyes by applying faux lashes beneath your lower lashes. The look can be achieved by adding Eylure Pro Lash Individual Lashes (R54.95, Clicks) to your bottom lashes and applying a nude or white eyeliner to brighten your eyes. If that sounds too daring for you, a lengthening mascara like Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara (R149.95, Edgars) will do the trick.

 

 

BARE BEAUTY
Over the past year, the ‘no makeup’ makeup trend has gained popularity through the natural, ‘bare-faced’ looks worn by Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian. Fashion runways across the world continue to celebrate this trend with sheer skin-like makeup and strobing, a technique that uses light-catching highlighters to add dimension to the face. Fresh-faced makeup and a generous application of highlighter to the high points of the face is the secret to achieving this look. My favourite highlighter palette to use is the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette (R354.95, Clicks), with Palladio Crushed Metallic Shadow in Stellar (R99, Dis-Chem) being the more affordable option.

 

 

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