Beauty: Category is. . . Goth Girl Realness

Gothic Romance - AW20 Beauty Trends (42418575)
Gothic Romance - AW20 Beauty Trends (42418575)

Time to channel Kate Bush circa Wuthering Heights: beauty has taken a Gothic turn for AW20. Think dark glittery shadows, spidery lashes and plum-to-purple lips, as debuted on Rodarte's 'delicate vampire' catwalk. Alice Ryan goes over to the dark side

Hourglass No 28 Primer Base Serum, from £22 for 8ml, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge and

Pale skin is officially interesting this season and, thanks to this magical multi-tasker, a porcelain-doll complexion is just a pump away. Named No 28 after its key ingredients - 14 essential oils to soften, 10 lipid-rich plant oils to hydrate and four key vitamins to condition - it nourishes like a serum but, after two minutes’ setting time, refines like the very best primer, leaving fine lines and blemishes flatteringly blurred. Water-resistant, it’s also a brilliant base for makeup. And, side note, it’s handy for sealing split ends and grounding fly-aways, too.

KVD Vegan Beauty Kitten Mini NEÜPOP Shade & Light Palette, £17, Debenhams, The Grafton, Cambridge and

Started by Kat Von D, the American tattoo artist-turned-makeup mogul, KVD Vegan Beauty may since have changed hands, but its reputation for producing products unrivalled for their pigments and lasting power remains unchanged. This eye quad is handbag-friendly yet covers every base: either go girly with the neutrals or, as called for by this trend, vamp it up with the red and purple. If you’re not quite ready to embrace a bruised-looking lid, the purple, a metallic shade called Deep Tracks, also looks stunning as under-eye liner.

NARS Lipstick in Satin Impulse and Matte Soul Train, £22 each, Space NK, Trinity Street, Cambridge and

What’s truly remarkable about the classic NARS lipstick - aside from an impressive spectrum of shades (60 at last count) and finishes (matte, sheer, satin) - is its ability to deliver intense, unshakeable colour while remaining truly lightweight. The secret, apparently, is passion fruit oil, which both “enhances colour vibrancy and conditions lips”. Which means you can wear a bold Goth Girl lip without having to suffer for your art.

Stila Double Dip Liquid Eye Shadow in Black Out, £24,

I’ve long been a fan of Stila’s liquid eyeshadows: not only do they look fabulous, they don’t move a muscle (even on transfer-prone heavy lids like mine). New from the US brand is Double Dip, which pairs a true-matte Suede Shade with a complementary party-girl Glitter & Glow shadow. The two come in cute conjoined tubes, magnetised in the middle, and can be worn alone, layered, used as liner. . . For Gothic vibes, go for Black Out, a night-sky blue/black and star-studded silver/grey.

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Waterproof Mascara, £19,

If you like high-impact lashes, you’ll love Stila’s new HUGE Extreme mascara. Doing exactly what it says on the tube, it leaves lashes bigger, bolder and blacker with a single swish of its many-bristled wand; add a second layer and Bianca Del Rio would be proud, queen. Thanks to a clever blend of waxes, HUGE Extreme doesn’t leave lashes looking plasticky or feeling stiff, though, and the waterproof formula is so unshifting, it could probably survive a deep sea dive. Or, returning to the Wuthering Heights theme, a moortop storm.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayon in Glitz Alright, £21,

This eyeliner is an Allure Best of Beauty award-winner and deservedly so - the gel formula is a game-changer. Containing a conditioning combination of vitamin E and rosehip seed oil, it’s probably the most malleable liner I’ve ever used: it slides silkily onto lids, no snagging, making it easy-peasy to draw with (there’s a nifty little sharpener hidden in the pencil’s base which helps with precision). Yet once dry, Gel Eye sets fast; the brand promises 12-hour waterproof wear. Part of the Glam Glitter range, metallic and studded with sparkle, Glitz Alright is a moody grey/purple.

Manucurist Green Nail Polish in Kingwood, £14, Pure Source, Bridge Street, Cambridge

As readers of last month’s natural beauty special will remember, Manucurist’s Green nail lacquer collection is both kind to the planet and genuinely high-performance: made from 84% natural ingredients, including potato, corn, cassava and cotton, it applies evenly, is chip resistant and is both colour-intense and seriously shiny. Proof you don’t need to paint your nails black to get the Gothic look, this shade of deep purple, Kingwood, makes a statement without getting shouty.

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