The ladies get shady
For now, let’s hold off any talk of the truly autumnal trends — which, this year, will tend towards the classic russets, beiges and browns — while keeping in mind that change is afoot. The shift away from summer has begun — and it needs to start in your make-up bag, where corals suddenly seem overbright and bronzes look artificial against your fading tan.
Worse, those colours that seemed so cheering and life-affirming a month ago now make you feel, well, old, as another summer is over. While we’re not ready to talk about the changing colours of the leaves, we can venture into some deep-forest shades that are all over the shelves this September.
These variations on moss green and heathery purple, thankfully, go well with the creeping whiteness that has become our complexions, and should go some way to making us feel less defeated by the dying summer.
Ditch the fake tan, because these shades will exaggerate its yellowness and make you look jaundiced and, if you want to avoid a grubby-looking colour clash, then blue- and brown-eyed sorts should stick to the emeralds, while amethysts are best on green-eyed types.
Lancome Hypnose Star Eyes in Kaki Chic, €48, Lancome counters nationwide This palette was launched in the summer, but we think it’s a more change-of-season colour selection, with three depths of shimmery khakis, a liner and a highlighter shade. The two provided applicators aren’t bad at all — one has sponges, the other a little brush, and you get a serious shift from night- to day-appropriate make-up if you apply the shadows wet instead of dry. “My brown eyes were really brought out by these colours,” said a panellist. “I love them wet, when the finish goes from sheeny to nearly foil-wrapped looking.”
BEST MOSSY MANICURE
Chanel Le Vernis in Alchimie, €22, Chanel counters nationwide This is a metallic, pale-olive colour and is more suited to slightly darker skintones. It is best applied as two thin coats or it can streak a little. The result is subtly green, with more than a hint of gold, and it’s a nice change if you’ve been tending towards the tan-flattering pinks and reds all summer. “I’m feeling a bit faded,” said a panellist, “but this provided a mood shift into a new season. And it’s gorgeous.”
BEST VIOLET SMILE
Clarins Joli Rouge in Royal Plum, €21, Clarins counters nationwide The satin finish of this dark-plum lip colour makes it very easy to wear and steers it clear of any ‘Eighties goth’ overtones. That said, it remains true to the purple trend, with plenty of blue in it and it’s very flattering to teeth as a result. “Much more intense than a lip-shine product, but not scarily matt or so creamy that it coats your teeth,” said one panellist. “It seems grown-up and elegant after the summer’s lip glosses.”
BEST HINT OF HEATHER
benefit longwear powder shadow in raincheck?, €22.50, Brown Thomas and Debenhams nationwide; Clerys, Arnotts; larger Boots; selected pharmacies The brand describes this as a ‘smoky amethyst’, and it’s a good choice if you’d like to flirt with purple, but fear that your inadequate application skills will give you a black-eye look. It’s not Halloween yet. “The texture of this shadow is very nice — sort of velvety and soft,” said one panellist. “It worked well with my existing eye look of greys and beiges. It’s a suggestion of something different, without a radical overhaul.”
BEST DAMSON DIGITS
Revlon Nail Enamel in Seductive, €9, selected Boots nationwide The autumn collection from this brand has a distinct deep-forest feel this season, focusing on green and purple. This high-shine polish is the deepest purple, without the redness that would bring it under the plum umbrella. It’s dark purple with undertones of deep blue and even black, which makes it flattering to skintones that have fully returned to their natural, milk-bottle state. “This polish is ridiculously easy to apply, and gives an impeccable, glossy finish with very little effort. I got deeply sophisticated super-fast,” a panellist said. Sarah Caden
Pictured, from left: Lancome Hypnose Star Eyes in Kaki Chic; Chanel Le Vernis in Alchimie; Clarins Joli Rouge in Royal Plum; benefit longwear powder shadow in raincheck?; Revlon Nail Enamel in Seductive Email firstname.lastname@example.org