For a sophisticated take on autumnal tones, try the Gothic Glam beauty look.
With Halloween just around the corner, think black, purple, plum, burgundy, oxblood and any shade in-between, as seen on models in the Rodarte F/W 20 show.
You can go matte or glossy and the emphasis is on showstopping lips, eyes, and nails. Think Angelina Jolie in Maleficent or Twilight and you’re on the right track. Keep your complexion neutral, avoid blusher, and consider using a pressed powder highlighter to ensure the light hits all the right angles a la Morticia Addams.
To truly capture the vamp feel, the eyes should look wide and wonderful. Consider a take on the classic smokey eyes and introduce a dusting of purple or mulberry and continue to blend until you have the desired degree of colour. For a perfectly intense evening look, use a damp brush to apply a glittery gothic hit of black or purple to the centre of the lid. Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsessions Palette offers a choice of shimmery shades ranging from moody mauve to bronze.
If time is too tight to create a smokey eye, opt for a subtle sweep of gold or silver and follow with a slash of black liquid eyeliner.
Lashes should look seriously stretched, so apply a lash-lengthening mascara. Ciaté London Triple Shot XXL adds instant volume and definition to lashes, making them appear longer and thicker.
Gothic Glam demands a perfectly arched brow, so make sure yours are trimmed and tidy. The Finishing Touch Flawless Brows tool boasts a micro-precision trimming blade to allow you to cleanly cut every stray hair.
A dramatic pout stained in plum, claret, oxblood or black is essential for the Gothic Glam look. When lips need to shine all day Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Fearless offers an enduring burst of berry colour and conditions lips with avocado oil and hyaluronic acid. For an extra hit of hydration apply Honest Beauty lip balm in Plum Drop first.
If a matte finish is more your thing, consider Beauty Pie Futurelipstick Matte in To The Beet. The deep purple hue packs a punch but is light to wear and wonderfully smooth to apply.
For a dramatic evening look Huda Beauty Power Bullet Metallic Lipstick in After Party is a dazzling aubergine shade which is gloriously gothic in all the right ways.
To nail this look, choose a devilishly dark varnish. We love burgundy, purple or black, while a metallic gold would offer an elegant accent. Dark varnishes look terrible when chipped, so apply a base coat followed by two thin layers of your chosen colour and leave to dry before adding a top coat to prevent fading and prolong wear.
Nailberry in Le Temps des Cerises is the perfect blood red choice and will flatter every skin tone.
In need of a shot of gothic shine? Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Black Forest is packed with rich pigments for a spellbinding gel-like finish.