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Autumn/Winter Makeup Trends 2014

The summer is nearly over and it’s time to discover hot makeup looks for Autumn/Winter 2014. As a makeup artist in Manchester I’ve been busy advising clients on how to make subtle changes to their make up looks to be bang on trend for this A/W 2014. Here’s my top three make up trends…

1: Focus On Bold Eye-makeup

This season is all about having fun with colour, shimmering blue and green eye shadow featured on the Dior cat walk. The eye shadow has been winged out and blended away up to the corner of the eye brow. You can fade it easily using a cotton bud. The upper lid was the main focus with no eye shadow underneath the eye. Silver and pink shades of eye shadow are also popular this season, I particularly like the makeup created for the Donna Karen cat walk by Charlotte Tilbury. The number 1 must have product is black eye liner, draw a line inside your waterline using a kohl pencil to define your eyes. I’ve been experimenting with different variations of liquid liner shapes on my upper lid.


bold eye shadow

Autumn makeup trends 2014

2: Super Lashes

Volumised jet black eye lashes are key this season, apply lashings of mascara to your top and bottom lashes, false eye lashes are also back. This look was created for the Prada cat walk, they have clumped the lashes together to create a doll eye effect, I think it looks fab!

check out these eye lashes

3: Stained Berry Lips

Place a small amount of foundation onto your lips to tone down your natural lip colour. This look isn’t about creating a perfect pout, instead apply a deep berry lip colour to the centre of your lips use your fingers to blend it out to the corner of your lips and into your cupid bow. Dot a small amount of Vasaline in the centre of your lips to keep them hydrated. The below look was created for the Johnathan Sauders catwalk, by  makeup artist Lucia Pieroni. If your not keen on berry shades of lipstick as an alternative go for red!


berry stained lips

Those were just a few makeup hints and tips for Autumn and Winter 2014, hope this gave you some inspiration, for more looks check out Vogue Backstage Beauty.

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Tinted Moisturiser vs Foundation – Which is Best For You?

Winter is here bringing with it cold weather as a result you might be suffering with dry skin. The areas that are most likely to be effected is your t-zone and cheeks. It’s a good time to swap your foundation for a tinted moisturiser because they usually contain spf and as they name suggests that are also more moisturising.

If you love a full coverage foundation then this may not be for you, although if you do need extra coverage you can apply concealor to any blemishes before hand. I would always use a foundation for an evening event or wedding as the look will be more suitable for photographs.

There are many benefits of using a tinted moisturiser, a few include.

  1. Quicker to apply because it’s sheer,
  2. You can use your fingers, start from your nose and blend out
  3. Cheaper
  4. Will even out your skin tone
  5. Dewy finish gives a great radiant result
  6. Light weight coverage, won’t block pores or look cakey
  7. They come in a tube so less wastage and it’s lighter to carry
  8. Great for young girls who want to wear foundaton but don’t need it yet

There are lots of products available on the market, however as a Makeup Artist in Manchester the one that I use on my clients is Laura Mercier ‘Tinted Mosturiser spf 20’ (£33). This also comes in an oil free formula, perfect if your looking for a matt finish and you have an oily skin type.


If you’ve never tried one and don’t want to spend a fortune or you’re on a budget Nivea do a great alternative, which also comes in different forumlas for dry skin or normal combination, (£9.99)


If you are currently using a tinted moisturiser that you’d like to recommend please let me know in the comments, thanks!

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+, Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.

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