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Monday, the 19th of October, by Gracie Cox

AW20 Makeup Trends To Get On Board With

Now we’re well into autumn, it’s time to channel the seasonal vibes with the top trends this year.

Now we’re well into autumn, it’s time to channel the seasonal vibes with the top trends this year. The long coats, chunky knits and fluffy socks are about to make an appearance and what better way to celebrate the cosiest part of the year with some bomb autumnal makeup looks that hit the catwalk back in February. You might have to be at home by 10pm accompanied by only five of your besties, but why not experiment for that bottomless brunch you have booked and make yourself feel a million dollars this season.


#1 Lined Eyes

Rocky Star, Makeup by Gracie Cox


One trend we saw a lot of during AW20 fashion week was dark-lined smokey eyes with a neutral lip. This shadow shape brought out the eyes of the models, instantly drawing you to them on the catwalk and the subtle lip helped to keep the attention solely on the eye area. The easiest way to achieve this look is by packing a black eyeshadow onto the lid and buffing it out with a light grey or brown depending on how warm or cool-toned you want the eyes to be. Using a kohl pencil in the waterline will help to intensify this darkness even more and give you that supermodel vibe we dream of having.

Backstage at the Marc Jacobs show, the legendary Pat McGrath explained that “even the strongest look with a black eye pencil and red lipstick is timeless – you think of all time periods, past, present, and future – and that makes beauty what it is today.”  A liner look or smokey eye is something that never really goes out and if you’re yet to try something as bold as this then go for it! Super sultry, but always classy.

#2 Bold Metallics

Left: Erdem, right: Gabriella Hearst


If you’re looking for a more daring look to get on board with, then you have to try some bold metallic shadows and materials. There were loads of these incredible bold eyelids during AW20 and although this kind of look is more out of the box than your average bronze shimmer on a night out to the cocktail bar it will make jaws-drop all-round. Everyone has seen Pat McGrath’s statement eye looks with pigmented metallics that add structure and glam to the face, and these are exactly what everyone’s loving this autumn. Whether that’s a block of colour or a smoked out cat eye, this stunning element of shimmer and shine will get you prepared for this festivities this season.


#3 Subtle Neons

Left: Off-White, right: Matty Bovan

The last trend you have to explore if you dare is to create gorgeous pops of neon and colour to add to your makeup routine. There’s nothing worse than a dull rainy autumn day, and as the autumnal colours creep into your wardrobe what better way to brighten up your fit than adding some cheerful colours to your makeup look. Over the last few years, there’s been massive development and production of highly-pigmented neon products like hydra liners, mascaras and pigments so what better time to try a new venture into the world of colour. It can be a fierce block eye, a dash of neon to your inner corner or even some colourful eyelashes which are now becoming increasingly popular to consumers. For those who love experimenting, this trend is for you, so go wild!

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