Autumn fashion and beauty trends

Accessorising any fashion look starts with makeup. And this season there is a slew of shimmer, metallics and clever liquid liners that help you create a flattering look at any age - fast. Editor Trudi Brewer talks us through the trends.


Get glowing

blonde model with hair pulled back and natural makeup

We are swooning over the angelic glow that you can give your skin with strategically placed highlighters and illuminators. From rose gold to champagne and pretty peach that blend with any skin colour. The fastest way to add a highlighter to your makeup routine is to sweep it onto the high points of your face or anywhere you want to draw attention such as the décolleté, collar bones and shoulders. Here's our pick of universally flattering shades.


Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Beauty Beam Highlight Palette, $65. Lancôme Click & Glow Illuminating Pen in 02 Dor Rose, $60. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick, $105. Benefit dandelion shy beam liquid highlighter, $45.


Once you have that lit-from-within look on your skin, the perfect colour combination is soft pink and fiery red. Layered in different textures from faux fur to velvet, this colour combination is perfect to complement this trend. 

Liam Eva dress, $249. Trelise Cooper Your Making Me Blush coat, $699. Saint Laurent Loulou velvet ankle boots, $1095.  Karen Walker Miss Lark sunglasses, $349.

Metallic shimmer

brunette model with pink eyeshadow getting mascara applied to one eye

From warm brown to burnt sienna, there is a slew of Auburn-inspired colour for cheeks and lids on beauty counters this autumn. Before you write off wearing a reddish tinge on your lids, with this latest trend  you simply dab eye shadow onto the lids with fingers and then buff the same shade onto the apples of cheeks. The idea is to create a wash of warm colour on your face that blends seamlessly.

Makeup up

Australis Shimmer Pots in Beaming Berry, $15. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Cognac, $56. Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $38. MECCA MAX The Illuminati Metallic Eyeshadow in Wait List, $20.


Rose gold and khaki are some of this season's most luxurious earth tones and complement the auburn metallic makeup trend on counters right now.

Witchery Francoise trench, $350. Helen Cherry Clemence dress, $639. Valentino Rockstud point-toe grained-leather pumps, $885. Zoe & Morgan Kathmandu earrings, $300. 

Liquid liner

blonde model with thick dark black liquid eyeliner

Once you master the art of liquid liner you will never look back. From a slim, single line to a bold geometric shape, liners also range in colour (don't just opt for black). And the best news, with the new look pizza wheel liners it's not that tricky to trace a liquid liner across your upper lid. Start by anchoring your elbow on a table, and look down into a mirror to trace the line. We begin our makeup with liquid liner on a clean lid, and then work from the inside out toward the corner of the eye. Next, buff a soft peach or warm brown eyeshadow into the crease of the eye, and then add your favourite mascara. 


Revlon ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner in Mulberry, $33. Rimmel Magni'f'eyes Shadow + Liner in Dark Side of the Blue, $21. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Eye Liner in Forest Sparkle, $62. Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner in Ocean Floor, $28.


While we champion wearing liquid eye liner in any shade, this classic makeup look is perfect when teamed with monochromatic style for the office or a night out.

 Taylor Strip Undone tunic, $367. Moochi Series pants, $300. Kathryn Wilson Kiekie heel, $329. Karen Walker Forbidden Drop earrings, $679. Malone Souliers X Natalia Vodianova Lubov leather pumps, $870. 

Bold brows

brunette model with rosey cheeks and dark eyebrows

Groomed brows are the most flattering makeup trick you can learn to master. And with the offering of brow products on beauty counters right now - there is an option for every brow shape. From pencils, powders and gels each help define and enhance your natural brow shape and can help lift the arch, which is super youthful. Whether you like a natural-looking 'no-makeup'  look or prefer a dramatic smoky eye, a touch of colour on the brows instantly perfects any makeup look.


The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel, $40. Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Brow Definer/Groomer Brush, $70. Revlon ColorStay Brow Kit, $31. MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Omega $42.


Rock your strong brow every day of the week, however the new season man-style dressing really speaks to this trend. An oversized blazer, crisp white shirt, tailored jeans with a sleek loafer is the perfect work or the weekend.

Acne Studios Blå Konst Log low-rise straight-leg jeans, $380. Palmer Harding Double-cuff cotton shirt, $435. Storm Plaid blazer, $329. Gucci Dionysus-buckle leather loafers, $1040. 

Vampy lips

brunette model with bronze eye shadow and dark purple lips with hair pulled back and bare shoulders

In cherry, Bordeaux or hot fuchsia, vampy-looking lips are always on trend for autumn- and this season the finish is semi-matte, yet moisturising. Anyone can wear a bold lip, as long as you keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum with a a touch of shimmer. Make sure you add a layer of foundation to the lips first, this is the ideal base when wearing a bold colour, if you like lip liner then apply that next, or use the lipstick from the tube and then tidy the lip line with a concealer pen. The old trick of blotting lipstick, and then reapplying really does help it to make the colour last longer.  


Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Your Majesty, $64. MAC Velvet Matte Lipstick in Powerhouse, $40. Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Aubergine, $50. Shiseido Rouge Rouge Matte in RD620, $56.


We love ruffles, embellishment and floral prints when wearing a bold pout. Don't be afraid to clash your shades, when wearing pink lip, opt for a touch of red in your fashion look, or choose a coral lip and team that with a pink floral print.

Isaac + Lulu Dietrich Glam top, $249.  Maggie Marilyn Billi Mac ruffled silk-satin skirt, US$567. Dolce & Gabbana Floral-print peak-lapel blazer, $2740. Gianvito Rossi Tuxedo satin-trimmed velvet pumps, $975.