The recent L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival showcased the hottest new trends in clothes, hair and of course make-up. Here is my take on this season’s make-up looks.

Key trends

Red lips and dark eyes or smokey, gold eyes and nude lips. Bold eyes and sexy bright, berry lips have also been spotted at catwalks from London to Milan.


Bye-bye dewy cheeks- the A/W look is all about matte foundation. Mineral foundations create the look beautifully as they leave the skin shine free.


Bronzed Smokey eyes and metallics were a huge trend at the L’Oreal catwalks and will continue to dominate over Winter. Try L’Oreal Paris Color Appeal Chrome Shine in silver brown, and Kohl Minerals Eye Liner in Stellar Grey or black for sultry eyes.


According to Beauty Director Emily Taylor who presented at the festival’s Marie Claire & L’Oreal Paris Beauty Workshop, the modern shape is full, soft and groomed- super thin is out!  If your brows are uneven and thin, try her tip of using an eyebrow pencil to add a hint of colour, then working through with a brow brush or old toothbrush to blend the product for a natural result.

Lip service

The catwalks proved that lipstick is here to stay, with colours ranging from burgundy, to fuchsia, to deep plum and bright red dominating. It was nice to see that some of the runway shows featured one of my favourite classic night-time looks of a natural lip teamed with bold, smokey eyes.


Bright colours may accentuate thinner lips so instead opt for bold gloss to add fullness.


Both slick and seriously dishevelled up ‘dos were piled high at Nicola Finetti, Bettina Liano and Jenny Bannister. Other styles featured were super straight hair, sleek pulled back ponytails, and slightly wavy, slightly dishevelled hair.


Get this season’s sleek, pulled back ponytail look with the help of the Hair Bungee, which debuted at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Unlike regular ring-shaped hair elastics, which may slowly slide out throughout the day, the Hair Bungee is a single piece of elastic with hooks on both ends.

I thought I would try this neat invention which requires hooking one end of the Hair Bungee into the hair, wrapping around the ponytail and fastening with the other hook. The results? Took a few goes to master a sleek ponytail and probably better suited to holding thicker hair in place but not bad at all.

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