The ladies strip bare

It’s au­tumn, and time to shed some warpaint, says Sarah Caden, who has five of the pan­el­lists’ sea­sonal saviours

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If, for some time, it has seemed to you that get­ting your makeup right was be­yond your abil­ity and avail­able free time, then the good news is that a pared­back look is big this win­ter. Hur­rah, you think, no need for brushes, in­struc­tion leaflets and the mantra of blend, blend, blend. Well, not quite. There’s still plenty of make-up and deft­ness in­volved in a great ‘nearly naked’ look, which will be mu­sic to the ears of those who, in re­cent times, have loved ap­ply­ing their con­tour­ing, five eye­shadow shades, lip liner and lip­stick. Now, it’s about ap­pear­ing less care­fully con­structed, and more nat­u­ral, and we have five au­tum­nal beau­ties to help you along.

Key to this au­tumn’s look is a glow­ing, youth­fully dewy com­plex­ion. So lay off the con­tour­ing a bit, ditch the bronzer un­til next sum­mer — or Christ­mas, if you must — and see the value in sim­plic­ity. Hang on to your high­lighter, keep your cheeks and lips clean-look­ing, and think au­tum­nal when choos­ing your eye­shadow shades. And if you’re some­one who be­lieves that no selfie is right with­out a full face of make-up, then think again. This pared-back trend is about ac­cen­tu­at­ing the pos­i­tive, not ex­pos­ing your flaws. Have courage, and cut out some of your cos­met­ics.


YSL Nail Lac­quer Matte Fin­ish in Le Nu, €24, YSL coun­ters na­tion­wide This sea­sonal stun­ner is like the anti-nail-pol­ish nail pol­ish. Not only is it a pretty bru­tal shade, but it’s also de­ter­minedly dull. And by bru­tal and dull, we mean tough and matt. Matt won’t work for ev­ery­one. If you don’t think nails look done un­less they’re shiny, it might take some get­ting used to. It looks es­pe­cially good on shorter nails, which you might say, is more of the trend against ob­vi­ous preen­ing. “The matt fin­ish is dis­con­cert­ing at first,” said one pan­el­list, “but it has a sort of touch­a­bil­ity that’s re­ally pleas­ing, and the colour is very strik­ing and bold.”


Peach, cop­per, olive and a black­enedo­live shade make up this quad pal­ette, which is nicely sea­son­ally apt. There is a gen­tle warmth to the colours, mak­ing them suit­able for al­most any eye colour, and they go well with pale or dark skin. The fin­ish is vel­vety to shim­mery, and you can work them in mul­ti­ple ways, to be min­i­mally made-up or for full nightout im­pact. “I’d get loads of use out of a pal­ette of these colours,” one pan­el­list said. “They are nicely warm and not too full-on for the dull days ahead.”


Rim­mel’s Kate Moss range boasts two new de­fi­antly nude shades this sea­son. This is the more easily worn colour, a nude with a hint of rose pink; while the other shade, No43, is to­tally tan. If your teeth aren’t Si­mon Cow­ell white, you should think twice about the tan one. And if you’re over 40, you re­ally need to con­sider lip pen­cil with any nude lip­stick, or your lips might just meld into the rest of your face. “Colour aside, I judge a lip­stick on its smell, and this smells more ex­pen­sive than it is,” said a pan­el­list. “The nude but flat­ter­ing colour is a lit­tle bit of lux­ury, too.”


The trend for con­tour­ing re­mains this sea­son, but in a more muted man­ner than of late. There’s less em­pha­sis now on the dark, some­times muddy colours you have been called on to cre­ate cheek-hol­lows, and more em­pha­sis on high­lighters. This is a gen­tle il­lu­mi­na­tor that will flat­ter any skin­tone, and it’s an ex­tremely finely milled pow­der, which makes it pretty fool­proof. “This is like a vel­vety veil of high­light,” a pan­el­list said. “It’s suit­able for day­time, and it’s a proper grown-up glim­mer that made my skin glow.”


YSL have some pretty lovely make-up re­leases this sea­son, which ac­counts for the pres­ence of two on this page. This is a full-face pal­ette, in that it cov­ers eyes, cheeks and lips, and it’s pack­aged in a lovely gold-leather, notebook-like case. Four eye colours tend to­wards gold, peach and warm brown, while there’s a high­light­ing blush, and lip op­tions for day and night. “The case is a beauty, and the con­tents pro­vide a full re­fresh­ing of my make-up,” said one pan­el­list. Pic­tured, from left, YSL Nail Lac­quer Matte Fin­ish in Le Nu; Chanel Les 4 Om­bres in Tisse D’Au­tomne; Rim­mel Last­ing Fin­ish by Kate Lip­stick in No 45; Gior­gio Ar­mani Eclipse High­light­ing Pal­ette; YSL Kiss & Love Edi­tion Com­plete Make-Up Pal­ette

Chanel Les 4 Om­bres in Tisse D’Au­tomne, €50, Chanel coun­ters na­tion­wide Rim­mel Last­ing Fin­ish by Kate Lip­stick in No 45, €6.99, avail­able na­tion­wide Gior­gio Ar­mani Eclipse High­light­ing Pal­ette, €85, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork YSL Kiss & Love Edi­tion Com­plete Make-Up Pal­ette, €85, Brown Thomas

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