The Panel: Fall for you
At last, it’s time to put the summer behind us. So it never happened; get over it and move on to the cosmetic charms of autumn, which, this year, boast more shades of bronze than you got to enjoy all summer.
Bronze, russet and all manner of browns are big this autumn, with eye make-up reminiscent of the strong, sultry eyes of the Eighties, but with modern textures giving the whole thing a lift.
If you can’t wear or can’t warm to the classic autumnal shades, there are plenty of khakis, purples and greys around to create colour-dense eyes, which should be paired with simple, low-key lips. It harks back to the Eighties, but it’s not a return to the mask effect of make-up overload. If you favour emphasising your lips instead of your eyes, seek out the new-formulation eyeliners, of which there are plenty, and play up your pout with one of the new plum lip colours, which will feature here in a few weeks.
Lancome Les Oeillades Palette in Blondette Fatale, €45, Lancome counters nationwide A perfect example of the season’s colours, ranging from rosy through bronze to a hint of plum, all of which work well on skin that hasn’t been kissed by the sun any time lately. These are complexion-reviving colours, whatever your skintone, and this compact includes foolproof instructions on using the colours to on-trend effect. “A day-to-night compact I’ll be using constantly this autumn,” said one panellist. “The colours are spot on in terms of getting a pared-down or a pumped-up look, while keeping to a general autumnal tone.”
Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Black Fire, €8.99, available nationwide A good option if you want to recreate this season’s eyeliner look, which is strong and statement-making and worn with neutral eyeshadow, if any, and a dark lip. The waxy pencil creates an effect that falls between a gel liner and a shadow, but without the need of a brush. “This glides on smoothly, but not so softly that it slides off on to your eyelids,” said one panellist. “A good halfway house in terms of application, while the line has great pigment and staying power.”
BEST TEXTURE INNOVATION
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, €28, Chanel counters nationwide Texturally gorgeous, in jewel-like colours that range from silver, through pale pink and olive to deep purple and bronze, these mousse-like silicone-based shadows are seriously impressive. Use the excellent little brush included to create a smoky, light-catching, velvety eye with minimum fuss. “Stunning,” said a panellist. “They stay on, the colour stays true, the difference between how it works by day or night is divine. I’m in love.”
BEST BARELY BROWN
Clinique Eye Color Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Honey, €31, Clinique counters nationwide Part of Clinique’s “Black Honey. It’s the New Black” colour collection, which is based around their Black Honey lipstick, a best-seller since the Seventies. This has a more plummy cast compared with the Lancome compact, and would probably suit green eyes and pale skins better, as browns can seem grubby on them. “The velvety finish is very flattering and easy to blend,” a panellist said. “It’s nice with a neutral lip for a clean look, or with good old Black Honey for a neo-Eighties look.”
BEST EASY EYES
Estee Lauder Duo in Modern Mercury, €29, Estee Lauder counters nationwide Designed to complement this season’s matt-lip look, there are three metallic eyeshadow duos in this range, which can be worn alone, or layered over your favourite eyeshadows to give them a new lease of life. Modern Mercury is a rich taupe, which is paired with an off-white highlighter shade that is easy for most skintones to wear. “This definitely gives a bit of oomph over my usual eye make-up, but I also love this as a simple two-tone look,” said a panellist. “Clean, but rich.”