There’s something about velvet finishes that feels right in autumn. Look out for lipsticks with matte effects, such as Charlotte Tilbury’s recently released Matte Revolution collection. Tilbury believes a matte finish “flattens the lips for a wider shape,” while her lipsticks use “breakthrough 3D glowing pigments” to create the illusion of fuller lips. Shades such as Glastonberry, Love Liberty and Walk of Shame are perfect autumn hues.
Meanwhile, Dior’s new Diorblush Cheek Sticks also boast a flattering velvety finish. These jumbo-sized twist-up cheek crayons can be applied on the go for personalised results. Peter Philips recommends blending the blush in small pats with your fingertips for a natural-looking glow.
There are velvet touches all over Chanel’s Les Automnales collection, inspired by autumn landscapes and foliage. For eyes, the Illusion d’ombre eyeshadow in Fleur de Pierre is a matte slate-grey that’s still luminous, while the Entrelacs palette includes matte and satin shadows in beige and brown shades. The look extends to nails with the new Top Coat Velvet, which brings a muted matte appearance to any high-gloss lacquer. There’s also a new addition to the Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick family: La Bouleversante, a highimpact red with a striking matte finish.