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Trends workbook

It’s in! Our edit of this season’s most wearable runway looks, plus everything you need to make them work for you


rom punky hair and gothic lippy to girlie glitter and feminine waves, this season’s beauty trends can work on anyone – as long as you make them wearable by fitting them around your own style. Influential hairstylist Eugene Souleiman summed it up for us at one of the final shows of AW16: ‘People want to feel connected to fashion, rather than excluded from it, and tailoring the look to individual styles gives it that feeling of integrity.’ Still worried that none of the trends will suit you? Don’t be! We tried our favourite looks on readers, to prove just how wearable they are…


Polished waves

Ultra-sleek and super-shiny, this glamorous ’do will bring a retro elegance to any length of locks


Why you’ll love it

Wet-look waves will effortlessly take you from day to night. They tend to work best on day-after-shampoo hair, as this gives the style more hold. If your hair is short, take inspiration from Stella McCartney, where hairdressers waved just the models’ fringes to the side, while longer locks look great with a mix of lacquered finger-waves and messier, textured ends.


Get the look

1 Spritz day-old hair with water and apply foam or mousse. Comb through thoroughly to create a smooth surface, then make a deep side-parting.

2 From the parting, take a 3-inch section at the front of your head and use your fingers and a tail comb to form soft waves. Clip in place with grips and leave to set.

3 Remove the grips, spritz with shine spray and pin the rest of your hair into a bun.


The kit

John Frieda Frizz Ease Air Dry Waves Styling Foam, £6.99/ 699 points (150ml), helps keep waves in place without stickiness. Use Lee Stafford Professional Sectioning Tail Comb, £4.99/499 points, to neaten up your parting. For an extra shot of shine, spritz Toni & Guy Glamour Moisturising Shine Spray, £7.49/749 points (150ml).


Pro tip

‘Dry hair using your dryer’s diffuser attachment – the softer air flow will keep it smooth without adding any volume.’

Kerry Warn, international creative director at John Frieda

Reader test


Reader Anna Fearon, 25
‘I don’t really experiment with my hair, so I was excited about trying a different style. The result looked really sophisticated – I felt like a 1920s flapper. It’s definitely a style for a special occasion!’


Glamorous goth

Deep, dark and striking, a luscious black-cherry lip is our favourite new way to turn heads


Why you’ll love it

This look is all about creating drama, but it can be dialled up or down to suit your mood. Feeling fearless? Let your lips do the talking, as seen at Dior, where stamped-on, almost-black pouts were given lashings of shine. Or, for a more understated feel, head to the less scary end of the gothic scale and opt for an easier-to-wear cherry stain, as seen on the Sibling catwalk.


Get the look

Warning: darker shades can accentuate dryness, so start with a primer to help keep lips looking soft and flake-free.

Line and fill in lips with a liner that’s the same shade as your lipstick. This will intensify the colour and help it last.

Apply colour straight from the lipstick bullet and take it all the way to your lip line to give the illusion of a fuller pout.


The kit

Prep with Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base, £15/1,500 points. Barry M Lip Liner in 7, £2.99/299 points, will give staying power. Go dark and dramatic with Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid in Possessed Plum, £6.99/699 points, or Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Plum Role Matte, £17.50/1,750 points. If you want a glossier finish, opt for Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Berry Pop, £16.00/1,600 points


Pro tip

‘If the colour is too harsh for your everyday look, soften lip edges with a cotton bud and apply a small amount of balm to the centre to diffuse the drama.’
Lynsey Alexander, make-up artist

Reader test


Reader Ally Sinyard, 26
I tend not to wear lipstick – I’m just a sweep-of-gloss girl – so trying out this bold colour was a total departure from my usual look. But once I got used to it, I loved it! I’ll definitely be doing it again.’


Feminine punk

This is hair with serious attitude – you’ll need to put down the hairbrush to rock the season’s edgiest style


Why you’ll love it

Surely any ’do that requires no blow-drying time is a winner? This look is all about creating ‘unkempt’ texture and, as hairstylist Sam McKnight explained backstage at the Burberry show, it doesn’t have to be complicated: ‘It’s hair that’s been slept in after a party, then caught in the rain the following morning.’ What’s not to love when you can have an extra half hour in bed hitting the snooze button?


Get the look

Think ‘deliberate bed-head’, so hair needs to be big. If you’re starting with dry locks, spritz with hairspray. For wet hair, apply a texturising spray or mousse.

2 Fine tresses? Create body with Velcro rollers. Leave them in for 15 minutes, then spritz with hairspray and remove.

3 Resist looking in the mirror while you’re styling. This ’do is meant to look unkempt – so the messier, the better!


The kit

Mark Hill Freeze Hold Hairspray £5.99/599 points (300ml), will fix even fine hair. Ramp up the volume with Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray £6.99/699 points (150ml). Use New Boots Large Sleep Rollers, £5.19/519 points (6-pack), to add body.


Pro tip

‘For a backcombed effect without damage, tip your head upside down and spritz with a texturising spray to create volume and texture.’

Ken O’Rourke, Charles Worthington brand ambassador

Reader test


Reader Lucinda Lane, 40
‘I was pleasantly surprised with this style, as it looked soft but still punky. I got lots of compliments, so I’ll certainly give it a whirl in future.’

graphic lines

Graphic lines

Forget cat’s-eye flicks and placement rules – AW16’s make-up artists ran wild with abstract and tribal eyeliner


Why you’ll love it

This look is great news for eyeliner addicts who are stuck in a feline-flick rut, as it’s all about experimenting with where you place your product. Floating lines that sit between eyelashes and brows are a surprisingly wearable way to dip your toe into the trend. Or try halfway lower lash line strokes, as seen at Maiyet. Whatever you choose, you’ll definitely stand out at the party!


Get the look

Avoid smudges by dusting the eye area with translucent powder – it gives your liner something to stick to.

This look requires a steady hand, so rest your elbow on a stable surface while you draw the line, to help keep it straight.

If you need the reassurance of a lash line to guide you, then opt for drawing a halfway line on your lower lashes instead.


The kit

Prep with Natural Collection Loose Powder £1.99/199 points. Feeling daring? Try  Rimmel London Colour Precise Eyeliner in Blue, £5.99/599 points. For more intricate looks, use a liquid liner such as New Lancôme Grandiôse Liner in 01 Noir Mirifique, £23/2,300 points. If you prefer a kohl pencil, try Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Superblack £5/500 points, which glides on and doesn’t drag the skin.


Pro tip

‘When applying graphic strokes, use a liquid eyeliner – it contains more pigment than a pencil and creates a bolder finish.’

Lynsey Alexander,  make-up artist

Reader test


Reader Lisa Woodhouse, 29

‘I don’t think this is a look for every day, but I’d love to try it for a big night out instead of my usual flick.’

Grown up glitter

Grown-up glitter

Not just for the party season, sparkle will soon be sprinkling its way into your everyday make-up bag


Why you’ll love it

Who doesn’t like a dusting of glitter at this time of year? But what you’ll adore this time around is the sassy way it tear-drops its way under eyes and over cheekbones. Or focus sparkle on your eyes only – try accenting black eyeliner flicks with flashes of glitter, as make-up artist Val Garland did at Emanuel Ungaro, or under eyebrows, like at Giambattista Valli.


Get the look

To help glitter stick, smear a thin layer of Vaseline over the part of your face you want to cover, then sprinkle your product on top.

2 Add a bit of attitude to the look by focusing on one area – try a bolt of shimmery eyeliner across the top lash line, and flick out at the ends.

3 You can’t be precise with glitter, so if you’ve tipped too much onto your skin, use a clean, fanned make-up brush to dust away any excess. Finish the look with a sweep of sparkly lip gloss.


The kit

Give cheekbones a sheen with a sprinkle of Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in 4 and 10, £4.59/459 points each. For a shimmery eyeline, try Estée Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick in Scorched Gold, £18.00/1,800 points. Tidy up with Smashbox Fan Brush, £16.00/1,600 points. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Diamond, £18/1,800 points, can also be used on cheeks for a more focused swipe of shimmer.


Pro tip

‘Keep the rest of your make-up natural:  a barely-there base, skin-glowing illuminator and black mascara will do.’
Lynsey Alexander, make-up artist

Reader test


Reader Marion Tarjah, 28
‘I’m no stranger to loud and proud make-up, but this look was a first for me, and it was absolutely stunning. I’m sure I’ll be rocking it again!’

Words Donna Francis Catwalk photography Getty Images, Imaxtree, Jason Lloyd-Evans Reader photography Matthew Walder Still-life photography Pixeleyes Hair and make-up Britta D. and Samantha Cooper at Carol Hayes


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