An Easy Autumn/Winter Catwalk Beauty Look To Wear Right Now

It probably seems naive at best, masochistic at worst, to attempt to recreate a make-up look as originally modelled by Cara Delevingne, but that’s exactly what I decided to do this week.
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It probably seems naive at best, masochistic at worst, to attempt to recreate a make-up look as originally modelled by Cara Delevingne, but that’s exactly what I decided to do this week.

I’d noticed a gorgeous warm skin/pink lip/bold brow shot on Garance’s blog recently and when I was flicking through MAC’s AW/13 trend book this was the look that really stood out for me as something that would be easy to recreate and as appropriate for August as for autumn/winter.

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The reason I like this particular look, which was created by MAC’s James Kaliardos for Diane von Furstenberg’s show at New York Fashion Week is because the skin has a lovely natural warmth. A lot of the autumn beauty looks feature very luminous, porcelain skin, which is beautiful in its way, but if you’re attempting it at the height of summer, might feel a bit weird.

The show had a glamorous, ‘70s party atmosphere with side-parted, blown-out curls floating above belted suede wrap dresses and exotic animal printed silks. The models were even encouraged to smile! And the make-up didn’t fight with that, but subtly complemented it with a warm, semi-matte magenta lip.

Model smiles on catwalk shocker!

Model smiles on catwalk shocker!

According to the MAC AW/13 book which is my beauty bible for the new season, Kaliardos used MAC’s Face and Body Foundation blended with a brush to warm up the skin, with Studio Finish Concealer applied where needed. MAC Pro Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil was blended over the entire lip and topped off with a dab of lip conditioner to finish.

A blue brown pigment was applied through the crease of the eyelid, while Phloof! eyeshadow was blended in the inner corner and towards the centre to highlight. Haute & Naughty Lash mascara was applied to curled lashes, and a bit of powder (Omega eyeshadow) was blended through the beginning of the eyebrows to emphasise them. Cara presumably had a head start – no fair.

My version of this look involved whatever I could scavenge and adapt from my apocalyptic dressing table. This meant: MAC’s Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation in NC20 which I haven’t tried before – it felt strange using a ‘proper’ foundation after a summer of going bare-faced or with just a dab of tinted moisturiser, but I liked the smooth, even finish it gave.

Bits from my dressing table

Bits from my dressing table

I used Stila’s Chloe eyeshadow on my lids as it’s a soft, natural brown with a tiny hint of shimmer that makes it look like your eyes are in shadow, rather than wearing eyeshadow (another key AW effect.) I also swept a little underneath my cheekbones just to enhance them subtly, using an old Ruby & Millie face brush.

A little bit of Stila's Chloe eyeshadow on the lids, plus a light coat of Rimmel's Scandaleyes mascara

A little bit of Stila's Chloe eyeshadow on the lids, plus a light coat of Rimmel's Scandaleyes mascara

And of course my brows got their usual Rimmel eyebrow pencil treatment (the tinting I had a few weeks ago is starting to fade – must go back for a top up.) A single coat of Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara was all I wanted to finish the eyes – any more would have been overkill and the aim of this look is to keep the focus on the lips while subtly enhancing the eyes.

Don't ask me what's going on with my fringe, just look at the make-up!

Don't ask me what's going on with my fringe, just look at the make-up!

For the lips, I started with a base of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose, and topped that off with MAC’s Girl About Town lipstick. A lot of blotting was required. And that’s it! I like this look because it felt ‘done’ without being over the top or too much.

P.S. Apologies for the slightly fuzzy photos – sometimes I can rope in an (un)willing assistant to take pictures for me while I scream unreasonable demands at them, but when I’m home alone it’s camera-phone-selfies all the way, alas. But hopefully you get the general idea.