Trendspotter: Cosmetic trends for Autumn/Winter 2013

In the past, there have been some seasonal trends that many have shied away from because they were more wacky than wearable. Only the brave experimented with last spring’s foundation lips for example, and even then, it never really worked as well as it did on the catwalk. This year, however, inspiration has been taken from the more classic looks, for which we can thank the media for bringing back our love of the roaring ‘20s through The Great Gatsby and for constantly reminding us just how lovely Audrey Hepburn was. This autumn and winter, we can look forward to toning down the neon brights, and highlighting only our best features with sleek lines and sexy reds. Take a look at our detailed guide to the cosmetic trends for Autumn/Winter 2013 and model them yourself with the help of our best price branded cosmetics.


Both Audrey Hepburn and Amy Winehouse were fans of lining their lids and extending beyond the corners into flattering ‘ticks’, but each took a rather different approach. This season’s cat-eye look takes inspiration from both, but concentrates on lining the underneath of your bottom lashes, and combines it with the smokey-eyed effect to create a softer, powdery look. It works to open the eye and accentuate the lashes, without the need for a harsh black eyeliner. To get this look, you’ll need a dark grey eyeshadow.

Pumpkin shadow

This look should not be mixed with the cat-eye effect, it is best to pick one or the other. The very subtle orange/brown eyeshadow was first spotted on the Givenchy catwalk, and works well with a touch of soft brown liner to create a gentle, autumn look. It is important not to wear too much mascara with these shadows, as darker shades of black and orange together can create a distinctly ‘Halloween’ vibe. The colour works well, however, in sculpting and widening smaller eyes.

Textured red

Red lips are unlikely to ever go completely out of style, but the texture and shade can change from season-to-season. This autumn and winter, most shades of red are in, and rather than covering your lipstick with a gloss to achieve that wet-look lip, a more subtle shine is required. You’ll find a branded pillarbox red such as those from L’Oreal or Elizabeth Arden can be applied to create the perfect effect that adds a slight satin finish to your lips.

Wine hues

Louis Vuitton introduced wine-hued lips a few months ago, but it would seem that everyone is waiting until the autumn before they begin donning lips that look stained by red wine. The texture is very matte, so no gloss is needed, but it can be difficult to find a matte lipstick that stays in place without a gloss to hold it. Try picking out a lip stain in the right shade rather than a traditional lipstick, which can stay true for up to 16 hours.

Which looks will you be sporting this autumn and winter? Whatever look you go for, remember that you can find all of the branded cosmetics you need at the best price available from Direct Cosmetics. For all the latest on upcoming trends and makeup tutorials, visit our Beauty Talk blog, too!


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