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‘Disruptive, unconventional and bold’ is the only way to describe the wonderfully expressive beauty looks were marched down the runways of New York Fashion Week. While we wouldn’t say that the no make-up make-up trend is quite over, it is clear that designers are looking to battle the autumnal and winter blues this year with strong, bright hues. Here are the 5 key beauty trends, and how to work them into your everyday looks.


Gold eye shadow

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All that glitters is gold, according to the runways of Ulla Johnson, Cushnie et Ochs and Alice McCall. Peepers were blinged out with gold eye shadow, both bold and fierce and subtly dainty. We love Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter instead of a traditional eye shadow for its awesome long-wear formula that blends super easily into the skin; think sheer at the office and amp up the volume before you hit the bars for after work drinks. If you’re looking for something more subtle, consider a flick of gold eyeliner instead of your usual blacks and browns with Urban Decay’s Water Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner.  


Red lips

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Bold, red lips aren’t going anywhere; in fact, they’re getting an upgrade. Designers eschewed traditional rogues in favour of 50 shades of reds, from Chromat’s glassy blood orange, Bottega Veneta’s matte Merlots and Brandon Maxwell’s metallic finishes. Change up your lippie game with these lip kits from Benefit and Smashbox, and swap up your looks through the week (or day) – hey, variety is the spice of life! Keep the rest of your look simple so your puckers really stand out.  


Bold eyes

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It seems bold, coloured eye shadows are set to be the look du jour, from the blues seen on Alexander Wang, Veronica Beard and Carolina Herrera, metallics of Marc Jacobs, neon aqua smudges of Chromat and angular, primary-coloured flicks at Adam Selman and Tibi. Whatever your colour preferences, we recommend investing in a good set of brushes that lets you easily apply all formulas, from cream to powder. Tip: for a dramatic watercolour eye, consider using your favourite lipstick shades instead, and apply with your fingers.


Space babe

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The future is now, according to Jeremy Scott and Jason Wu, and we can’t get enough of their futuristic eyeliner looks. We’re definitely swapping our traditional cat eyes for negative space cat eyes! While this is not quite a look for the office (unless you’re in the creative industry), we love it for nights out with the girls, and don’t be afraid to experiment with more than one colour (just don’t forget the primer)! Speaking of, this is also clearly the year to embrace millennial-approved pastel-coloured hair, what with Jeremy Scott’s pastel bobs and L’oreal conveniently releasing their Colourista range in Watsons. With 1-day and 2-week formulas available, you can leave commitment for when you walk down the aisle.


Wet Hair

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Wet hair, don’t care. We’re definitely taking a leaf out of The Row, Prabal Gurung and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s (to name a few) books and embracing the fresh-out-of-the-shower look. This is a chic alternative to keeping your hair out of your face without having to do a ponytail, and takes practically no time at all to achieve. For a subtler variation that’s actually office-appropriate, just slick your roots back with any high shine wax and keep the rest of your locks slightly tousled with a matte holding spray or wax.

Now that you have your makeup sorted, here are some outfit ideas from The Big Apple.