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The ladies get shady

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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.

BEST OVER­ALL

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 thep­anel@in­de­pen­dent.ie

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