A/W 2014 Makeup Trends


It’s time for our favourite lippy to take a back seat as this Autumn your eyes are the main attraction. “Go big, go daring or go home” is the mantra to remember when applying your makeup for the upcoming season.  Here at AFRONOIRE we understand that some of these trends may be too bold for your everyday routine, but as we start preparing for the darker skies and darker colours; why not stand out from the crowd in more ways than one.

Big, bold and doll-like

Looking wide-eyed and innocent is a look that has been done again and again, but this time everything else is kept oh so plain.  No thick eyeliner or flushed cheeks, the face should be kept quite bare.  The only thing to be noticed is the thickness of your lashes.  For thick, long and clumpy lashes like those at the Topshop Unique show; you will need mascara with a thick brush and to go overboard on the coats of mascara.  If length and prettiness is what you want then choose some doll-like fake eyelashes á la Versace, or use a mascara with a fanned out brush (i.e. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies or Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara).

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends

Light and Shade

Neutral tones always feature during the Autumn and Givenchy kept their makeup light, sculpted and flawless with the help of taupe, sharp eyebrows and grey eyeshadows.  The trick is to keep the eyes bright and alert by highlighting the inner corners with white eyeshadow to brighten and open the eye.  Obviously with darker skin tones the lighter brow is harder to achieve, so try a shade lighter than your actual brow colour to give a softer look.  The rest of you makeup should concentrate on creating nice shadows on the face that emphasise the face’s natural light.  Highlight underneath the eyes and contour the face delicately to create overall light and shade definition.  The end result will be a high-fashion and minimalistic finish, ideal for day or night.

Smokey and Smokey Colour

The much loved smokey eye has been rejuvenated for the new season with colour as the focus.  On the runway, Giles Deacon used cobalt blues to give intensity to the eyes.  The rule is to keep the eyelid dark and smokey whilst the lower lashline is a brighter shade, adding an amazing pop of colour.

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends

Or if colour is too daring then don’t worry because the smokey eye is just as hot.  Forever dramatic and versatile, Roberto Cavalli chose to stick with the staple eye.  Either dark grey or black eyeshadow or a well blended kohl eyeliner can be used to achieve this look.  If you do opt for the colour version, pick a shade that suits your skin tone but isn’t too dark that it mimics a black smokey eye.

Hot Flush

Lilac, pale pinks and nudes are the hot colour not just for your eyes but also for the cheeks and lips. The soft pinks and purples give a romantic feel.  Pair your lavender or pastel eyes with a neat or messy up-do.  Although there is some colour here, everything is still kept light, keeping your face looking fresh, youthful and glowing.

Dark and Dangerous

No Autumn/Winter season is ever complete without the dark eye.  We’re talking the darkest kohl eyeliner you can find to give your eyes an edgier and darker feel.  Focus on the lower lashline and forget about being neat.  This look is rebellious.  The Goth, Rock-Chic inspired look is perfect for a night out but can be rocked during the day with some grunge or school girl chic.  Rock this look with a messy or textured hairstyle and you will definitely be too cool for school!  Talk about attitude.

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends

Words by Yasmina McNabb.

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Yasmina McNabb is a staff fashion, hair and beauty writer at afronoire.com and freelancer. Catch her tweet passionately and randomly about all things cultural and interesting @Yasmina_Journo