Autumnwinter 2012 Hair and make up trend report

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Autumn/winter 2012: Hair and make up trend report

Ready to take on this season's greatest beauty trends? Get the must-know-now details from Max Factor make up artist Pat McGrath and hair supremo Sam McKnight.

Lip noir

"Lip noir is our take on film noir," says Pat, global creative design director for Max Factor. Take a cue from the likes of Gucci, Viktor + Rolf and Yohji Yamamoto and channel your 1940s femme fatale. Although a full-bodied, patent pout might seem like it's only for the bravest beauty followers, it's definitely not a look to dismiss. Nail the look by blending a lighter lip shade on to the centre of your bottom lip to create the illusion of depth and dimension. Keep the rest of your look muted - let your lips do the talking.

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Lip noir


Pop art

Girly goes graphic in this nod to kitsch, comic-book art. Sharply-winged liner in vibrant cobalt adorned models' eyes at Anna Sui in New York while, over in France, Lanvin's illustration-inspired collection led Pat McGrath to create a "pen-and-ink sketch look" with calligraphic, jet-black eyeliner, teamed with a fresh complexion. Not sure about your eyeliner skills? Watch our simple video tutorials for all of the essential details to master the basics.

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Pop art

The new age

The new age

Need something a little more pared down? Meet the look of modern minimalism: earthy hues juxtaposed with flesh-tones, creating a complexion that's both delicate and contoured. Models at Valentino, Dior and Louis Vuitton all championed the look. Pat says: "We were sculpting the face to create height and depth, adding contours and highlights around the eyes and cheeks - the result was beautifully minimal." Enhancing your bone structure is key to wearing this look well; practice using matte blushers and nude eyeshadows or watch our quick video tutorial for more tips on contouring.

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Twisted up


Twisted up

It's rare that elegance crosses paths with practicality, but this updo, as seen at Donna Karan and Valentino, is the perfect combination of the two. At Valentino the style was neat, slick and restricted, while Donna Karan's models sported a side "victory roll" in a throwback to the patriotic post-war trend. To achieve a uniform twist that stays in place, give your locks a bit of grip by using dry shampoo as a primer. Gently coil your hair and pin into place, tucking the ends in. Mist with a glossy hairspray to finish.

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Undone chic

This season sees a more relaxed approach to glamour; give your hair a break from intense heat styling with this softened, unstructured look as seen at Burberry Prorsum, Lacoste and Markus Lupfer. "We've seen a lot of simplified hair," says Bumble and bumble stylist Neil Moodie, who created the look at Burberry Prorsum, by applying Prep and Thickening Hairspray to the roots and using a diffuser to encourage natural-looking texture and movement. Keep this look in your arsenal of foolproof styles; you can't go wrong with off-duty model chic.

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Undone chic


Dress up

Vintage vixens will love this next bit of style inspiration, as seen at Moschino C&C and Clements Ribeiro. Created by Sam McKnight, Pantene Pro-V's global stylist ambassador, the voluminous updos were inspired by the "first taste of sophistication" of youthful homecoming queens of the 1940s and 50s. His weapon of choice for creating the look? Hairspray. Blow-dry hair upwards and back before dividing into sections and misting with hairspray. Backcomb and soften the look by creating a long, side fringe.

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Dress up




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