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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Ruth Griffin: Your autumn beauty tutorial

How to take the new season's runway make-up trends and make them your own

Twiggy Lashes
Twiggy Lashes
Undone Do
Wet Look hair
Charlotte Tilburry lips
Dark Lip
Dark Nails
Graphic Eye
L'Oreal Mousse
Mac Beyond Twisted
Bobbi Brown
Ruth Griffin

Ruth Griffin

New season collections and fashion shows seem like glamorous affairs when you're seated at the front row, but backstage can be a disaster zone. Peek behind the curtain and you'll see cramped, messy, chaos.

Having modelled at hundreds of shows, one thing I always loved about the new season unveiling was discovering the new hair and make-up trends. I always paid close attention to the latest products and techniques.

The beauty looks we see on the catwalk are exaggerated, dramatised versions of the trends. I used to tone down and adapt the new looks to cater to my own personal taste. So, if you are struck by a new beauty look this season, give it a bash at home but adapt and alter it to fit into your own signature style - some will work for you, some won't. Read on for some tips on how to get this season's hair and make-up looks to translate well from ramp to reality.

Make-up trends Autumn/Winter 2016


Dark Nails

As seen at Rag and Bone, Marc Jacobs and Dsquared2.

Use My new favourite nail varnish is the deep plum/nearly black Catrice Noir Lacquer in No2, €3.30, from pharmacies nationwide. With dark nail lacquers it’s essential to use an undercoat so your nail bed is not discoloured. Try the nourishing CND Ridge FX Nail Surface Enhancer, ¤15.95, in selected salons from September.

DIY Tips Use Margaret Dabbs Nail and Cuticle Serum, ¤14, twice daily. Available from Edvard and Pink Dundrum and selected salons nationwide.

Ramp to reality verdict? 9/10. This is very easy to do and suits all age groups. If you want a long-lasting dark varnish check out CND Vinylux Weekly Polish In Dark Diamonds, ¤12, in selected salons from next month.


Dark Lip

As seen at Marni, Dior and Rodarte.

Charlotte Tilburry lips

Use Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Glastonberry, €30 at Brown Thomas, and her Lip Lustre gloss in Unleash Me, €22.50 at Brown Thomas.

DIY Tips Keep skin very clean — no contouring. Try Lancôme’s Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, €38 at Brown Thomas. Keep brows subtly defined — try Flormar Bole Brown Eyeliner, €7.95 here— it’s gorgeous on the brows. For a vampy pout, apply concealer on lips and then with a lip brush apply lipstick, blot and repeat. Leave gloss off if you’re going for dinner.

Ramp to reality verdict 6/10. This is a really chic look. Apply lots of mascara for some definition to the eye area. Best for under-50s.


Twiggy Lashes

As seen at Nina Ricci and Carven.

Mac Beyond Twisted

Use MAC Beyond Twisted mascara, €25.50, Brown Thomas and MAC stores nationwide. This ultra skinny movable brush adjusts to whatever angle you need.

DIY Tips Skin should be kept polished and clear — try Isa Dora Strobing Fluid Highlighter, €21.50. Using eyelash curlers will give the illusion of length and curl to your lashes. Try Tweezerman Curlers, €19.99, from Boots. (TIP: To double the curl, heat your curlers under your hairdryer for a few seconds. Check that the curler is not too hot before using on your lashes.) If lashes are really thin use Diorshow Maximiser 3D lash plumper, €34 at Boots, first. If you’ve messed up your mascara, brush through with an old toothbrush to remove any excess. Apply three coats.

Ramp to reality verdict? 7/10. This is a girlish, fun, cute look so perfect for teenagers and 20-somethings.


Graphic Eye

As seen at Moschino, Ungaro and Versace.

Bobbi Brown

Use Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, €25 at Brown Thomas, with a tiny angled brush, Real Techniques Silicone Eyeliner Brush, €9.99, Boots, or if you’re handy with the feline flick, use YSL Couture Eye Marker, €29 at Brown Thomas.

DIY Tips Keep lips neutral — try Make Up Forever Artist Rouge lipstick in Pink 211, €24, Use the side of a post-it as an eyeliner stencil if your hand is a bit shaky. Blend everything after with a rounded blending brush to soften the look.

Ramp to reality verdict? 7/10. This needs to be softened, blended and downplayed in reality — the exaggerated eyeliner flick may look impressive on the ramp, but in real life would look sloppy and over done. However, with a bit of refinement this eyeliner is actually a look that would suit nearly everyone, for a glam look.

Hair trends Autumn/Winter 2016


Wet Look hair

As seen at Louis Vuitton, Jasper Conran, House of Mea, Amanda Wakely.

Use The DAFNI Straightening Brush, €169.99 — the handiest little hair gadget I’ve seen in a while. Simply brush through hair, root to tip, and the moderate heat works to straighten and polish hair. Available at

DIY Tips After straightening hair, don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth or if there are frizzy bits at the scalp. Simply smooth on Redken Hardwear 16 Sculpting Gel, €28, over the top of hair to ears for a sleek finish.

Ramp to reality verdict 8/10. Super easy to do yourself and a very quick, easy way to cheat your way to a sleek-looking, easy ’do.


Undone Do

As seen at Mary Katrantzou, Topshop and Dolce & Gabbana.

L'Oreal Mousse

Use Massage L’Oreal Elnett Mousse, €5.99 pharmacies nationwide, onto hair; give hair a quick blast of the dryer concentrating on the roots but leaving the mid-lengths quite ‘undone’. This look is about having a more relaxed, textured vibe. Finally, add a tiny dot of Percy and Reed’s Smoothed, Sealed Volumising No Oil Oil, €6.75, from M&S, onto the hair — root to tips — for added texture.

DIY Tips Don’t worry about your hair looking less than perfect — the magic of this look is actually an imperfect finish.

Ramp to reality verdict 9/10. Really easy and effortless. Suitable for all ages, and especially for a more mature women for a more relaxed hairstyle than the traditional, structured blow dry.


Don't try this at home

Hair and Make-up trends we'll be skipping this autumn…

Face Embellishment and Masks

We'll be giving the face embellishment and intricate face masks, as seen at the Givenchy show in lieu of make-up, a very wide berth this autumn for obvious reasons.

Ramp to reality verdict 0/10

Greased Down Baby Hairs Trend

As seen at Valentino, Vera Wang, Stella McCartney.

Oiled down, styled broken baby hair is not something we'll be giving a bash any time soon.

Ramp to reality verdict 0/10

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