Meet the autumn A-list
From need-them-now nail shades to the ultimate complexion-booster, shop our edit of the best buys right now
Nothing beats that healthy ‘just come inside from the cold’ colour after a brisk autumn stroll. Well, except for new Bourjois Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush, £8.99, which achieves said flush in five seconds flat when dabbed atop cheeks. Top trick? Mix a drop with your favourite lip balm for extra radiance.
Summer brights feel too garish, but you don’t want to go full-on winter yet. Instead, try OPI Peru Collection Polishes in ‘I Love You Just Be-cusco’, ‘Don’t Toot My Flute’ and ‘Lima Tell You About This Colour’ (£13.50 each). Pick your signature shade or chop and change depending on your mood.
PAINT THE TOWN…
A slick of scarlet is the beauty equivalent of a pair of sky-high, over-knee boots – flattering, confidence-boosting and failsafe. Try Chanel’s Rouge Allure Liquid Powders, £31, which lend lips a soft matte finish that stays put all night long. We love poppy-red Volupte and raspberry-toned Radical.
First of all, Instagram the bottle. Next, spritz OUI by Juicy Couture EDP, £77 for 100ml, all over and let the fresh watermelon, wild tuberose and rich amber transport you back to sun-drenched days with frozen daiquiris on tap. A mood-boost in a bottle.
Rum, wild fig, tonka bean – if that doesn’t sound like the most heavenly scent combination, we’ll be damned. So spicy, so moreish, Byredo Eleventh Hour EDP, £160 for 100ml, will have all your friends/colleagues/total strangers asking what you’re wearing.
Chilly evenings call for a glass (or three) of Malbec. Pair this with central heating and you have a seriously challenging skin situation. That’s where Shiseido Waso Beauty Sleeping Mask, £39, comes in. Apply before bed and the hydrating green yuzu and soothing botanicals do their thing overnight, leaving you with a glowy complexion come dawn.
Taking off your make-up can feel like a task too far (especially after a night out), but Kiehl’s HerbalInfused Micellar Cleansing Water, £24, cuts out the faff. 99.8% naturallyderived, it gently removes every last morsel of make-up (mascara included) without rinsing, scrubbing or rubbing. Simply soak a cotton pad, sweep over skin and you’re good to go.
One too many late nights? Perk up sleepy skin with Dior Rouge Blush in Midnight Wish, £34. The golden shimmer is impressively flattering on all skin tones and can be swept over cheekbones, buffed down the bridge of the nose and blended over eyelids for an iridescent glow. Plus it comes with a nifty brush for touch-ups on the go.
Apply Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules, £72, nightly to boost skin cell-turnover for notably smoother and more radiant skin. Stick at it for a month and expect ‘glowing skin’ compliments aplenty come Christmas.
Redheads and strawberry blondes, this is for you. A saving grace inbetween salon visits, Kevin Murphy Autumn Angel, £21, contains peachy pigments to boost existing warm tones while neutralising green ones. Plus plant extracts leave hair silky soft. A win-win.
We love this sophisticated scent duo by Miller Harris. Powdered Veil conjures age-old glamour courtesy of pink pepper, orchid and vanilla bourbon. When you want more bite, Peau Santal is a smoky blend of warm sandalwood, spicy saffron and violet leaf that says decadence from the get-go (£105 for 100ml EDP each).
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Could this be autumnal eye palette perfection? We think so. Just look at it. That sparkling metallic brass (top right), the pearlescent peach (top left) and deeper-than-deep red rust (bottom right). Wear alone or blend all four for the ultimate bronze smoke. NARS Quad Eyeshadow in Singapore, £40.