Beauty Trends: All Eyes
From hits of in-your-face neon to barely-there nudes, there’s an anything-goes attitude to eyeshadow for autumn/winter. Invest in a multi-purpose palette now and your peepers are all set till spring, writes Alice Ryan
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette, £37, Debenhams, The Grafton, Cambridge
If you doubt the transformative powers of make-up, this palette will make you a believer. It comes with a step-by-step instruction sheet, showing you how to use the three quads - neutral, cool and warm toned groups of base, contour, define and highlight shades - to emphasise, lift, widen and even narrow eyes. Finely milled and super pigmented, the shadows are amenable to apply (they’re brilliantly blendable) yet have attitude, too (the payoff is second to none). Whether you want to recreate the smoky eyes from Tom Ford’s A/W catwalk, or the bold whacks of black seen at Jill Sander and Proenza Schouler, this palette will do it all.
OPV Beauty Tropical Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, £30, beautybay.com
You can always rely on London brand OPV - founded by a pair of beauty-loving sisters to help people “show their true colours” - to perk up both your makeup bag and your mood. Fun and fashion-forward, the new Tropical Dreams palette contains 18 high-pigment shades inspired by hot holiday destinations, from subtle champagne shimmer Bali through to edgy neon mattes Monaco (orange), Fiji (lemon) and Eleko (lime). If you need inspo, Google Caroline Herrera and/or Mugler AW19.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Palette, £39, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Like its matching lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk eye quad is a modern-day beauty icon, so sought after it sells out the instant counters restock. Following Tilbury’s four-step application sequence - prime, enhance, smoke, pop - creates a pretty, golden-pink everyday eye that strikes the perfect balance between natural and polished and also doffs its cap to the current trend for blushed lids. Like all the brand’s products, the shadows have serious staying power (I’ve inadvertently slept in Pillow Talk and woken with lids still shimmering).
Diego Dalla Palma Nuda Palette, £29.50, M&S stores
Still one of beauty’s best-kept secrets - a mystery to me, because the products are amazing - Italian brand Diego della Palma’s mission is “to enhance woman’s natural beauty in a timeless, elegant fashion”. If ever a palette delivered on that pledge, it’s Nuda: a dozen on-trend yet never-out-of-style colours, from skin-tone nudes to falling-leaf golds, russets, browns and camo-green. Like all DDP shadows, the pigmentation is impressive: use a light touch for subtle, layer up for impact. Nuda is a shoo-in for Fall’s misty brown eyes - see Elie Saab and MaxMara.
Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette, £48, stila.co.uk
With pink and purple eyes seen at numerous autumn/winter shows, from Valentino (fulsome and feathered) to Anna Sui (pared back and graphic), my favourite shades in this 12-pan palette are the pearly Pink Bubbly and glittery Velvet Rope. A pat of pink to lift the inner lid, a smudge of purple to smoke the outer, and you’ve got an eye that’s both feminine and fierce. After Hours, which has just been added to Stila’s core collection, is no one-trick pony, though: spanning mattes, shimmers and sparklers, the gold/bronze/brown end of its spectrum is beautiful.
Bobbi Brown Essential Multicolour Eyeshadow Palette in Burnished Bronze, £32, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Part of the new MUA-curated Essential range, this palette may be small, but it’s also mighty. A one-stop shop for both day and night eyes, it contains five warm, wearable shades: a brilliant matte base (the blendable, buildable Buttercream), highlights (shimmer wash Sugar Sand and metallic Ultimate Gold) and lowlights (smudgeable metallic Burnished Bronze andRich Brown, a seriously smoky matte which doubles well as a liner). With gold still trending for eyes - check out Michael Kors’ Fall catwalk - it’s a handbag must-have.