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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.