Natural beauty - makeup trends for the coming season

Caroline Cassidy

Where spring was all about hot lip colours and neon eyes, autumn brings with it a pared-down natural look that places the emphasis on feminine, easy-to-wear makeup.

autumn makeup trends 2011/12
autumn makeup trends 2011/12

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Though 1960s retro fashion is well and truly in this autumn, many stylists have been opting for more subtle makeup, with nude lipsticks and natural-looking brown and grey tones on the eyes.

Whether matte or shiny, lined eyes, natural lip tones and subtly blushed, rosy cheeks are the order of the day and, best of all, the natural eyebrow has made a full return - so ease up on the tweezers, girls.

There's good news for those who stayed at home this summer too, because it's your natural skin tone that will turn heads this autumn. To ensure you don't end up looking washed out, use warm autumn colours, such as brown and orange, on the eyes.

How to get the natural look
Start with a tinted lotion. Unlike foundation, its sheer coverage means you don't have to find an exact match to your skin tone. To keep the summer glow a little long, go for a slightly deeper colour to give a hint of tan.

Concealer should be used sparingly – apply to much and you'll only accentuate problem areas. For blemishes, dab, blend, and build up coverage in thin layers. For dark circles, swipe a corrective concealer wand under your eyes, then pat with a finger to blend.

If you tend to go shiny, apply a matte powder using a brush in a circular motion to create a barely there cover-up rather than a power-cake! For a fresh, outdoorsy flush, apply cream blush in a warm peach or pink. Finally define eyes with a soft, brownish tint to enhance your eyes and follow with a single application of mascara.

To define lips opt for a subtle shade that matches your lip colour and press firmly into your lips using your fingertips, rather than applying it direct. For the classic 60s look, go for dramatic eyes and subtle lips.

Glam it up
Of course, the natural-look trend doesn't mean you can't glam up come party season.

Once again deep lip colours like aubergine, dark berry red, purple or even chocolate brown will give you that sumptuous Hollywood pout.

And for a more glamorous, smokey evening look, try an olive palette to brighten and draw attention to your eyes this autumn.