Autumn/Winter Makeup Trends 2016


Crunchy leaves are carpeting the ground and the morning air has that distinctly crisp bite to it – yes, winter is well and truly on the way. Embrace the approach of The Big Chill with these sizzling hot makeup trends brought directly to you from the latest Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) runway shows.

Trend 1: The Dark Side

Berry Lipstick Trend

Unleash your inner vamp with rich, opaque lipstick in daring shades like oxblood, burgundy and black cherry. Balance the bold look with subtle eye makeup designed to complement rather than compete with the intense lip colour; a subtle taupe eyeshadow and two coats of mascara will do the trick.


Trend 2: Molten Metal

Glistening, silver eyeshadow will make you feel like a majestic ice queen this winter. To recreate the look, first prep your eyelids with eyeshadow primer or translucent mineral powder, and then apply metallic eyeshadow over the top. Finish with a fine, precise line of black liquid eyeliner and a coat of mascara to define your lashes.


Trend 3: High Wattage Skin

High Wattage Skincare

Glam, glowing skin continues to dominate the runway this season, and the look can be easily replicated at home with a few carefully selected products. Start with hydrated, moisturised skin and then apply a luminous foundation or tinted moisturiser. Next, apply highlighter cream or powder along the high points of the face (think your cheekbones, brow bone, along the bridge of your nose and on your Cupid’s bow just above your top lip) before applying the remainder of your makeup.


Trend 4: Lashes For Days

Lashes Trend Beautiful Because

Long, luscious lashes were a staple at the latest MBFWA shows, and are a beautiful way to define your peepers and ensure all eyes are on you. For flutter-worthy lashes, use a lash enhancing serum every evening to amplify your lashes’ natural strength and beauty, and up the drama during the day with two coats of black volumizing mascara.


Trend 5: Red Alert

Red Lips Trend Beautiful Because

Bold red lips are set to be the ultimate beauty accessory this winter. Ensure your scarlet pout is on trend by opting for a lipstick with orange undertones, which helps to create a warmer and more modern feel. To help make your lip colour last the distance, apply a lip liner first before applying two coats of lipstick, and blot your lips in between coats with a tissue to set the colour.


Trend 6: Earthy Eyes

Earthy Eyes Beautiful Because

Rich, warm eyeshadow shades like cocoa, mushroom and deep bronze are bang on trend this season. Create depth and definition by using a combination of colours, starting with the lightest shade on your eyelids, and then blend a deeper shade along your eyelid crease and onto the outer corners. Pro tip: Complete the look by applying a small amount of warm taupe eyeshadow along your lower lash line to make your eyes pop.


Trend 7: Barely There Beauty

Barely There Beautiful Because

This trend is all about allowing your inner beauty shine through with minimal and precise product application. Forgo foundation altogether and opt for a tiny touch of concealer beneath your eyes, around your nose and on any other areas that require coverage. Next, subtly define your eyes and brows with lashings of clear mascara or brow gel, and finish with a sheer and nourishing tinted lip balm or gloss.


By Lauren Dunne


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