Winter Makeup Trends

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As we enter colder, crisper days and reach for our winter wools, cashmeres and suedes we want makeup to complement our clothes and brighten us up in those long, dark evenings. Here we reveal the products to create some timeless winter makeup looks and feature the top beauty trends for autumn/winter 2010.

Soft, smudgy eyeliner provides a smouldering winter eye look. Soft kohl eye pencils are particularly easy to smudge and come in a great selection of fashionable, soft shades such as grey, green and brown. We particularly love Clinique's Kohl Shaper eyeliners (RRP £13) which are so creamy in texture that the colour just glides on for a superb smokey look. A very Christmasey colour is their Black Amethyst which is right on trend for a plumy smokey eyes look. Khaki eyeliners and other shades of green are also set to be big this year.

Replace those black and dark grey smokey look eyeshadows for beige, taupe, khaki and light grey. Not only are these subtle shades perfect for this season's smokey look, but some beauty brands such as Versace are going for the ultimate autumn colours and winter warmers by using gold, bronze and red eyeshadows to achieve the look; it seems that anything goes smokey.

Bourjois have recently bought out a brilliant (and affordable!) smokey eyes collection of eyeshadows including a brown, gold, green and pink version. We particularly like the Mordos Chic and Rose Vintage sets (RRP £7.49). Read our article on how to get smokey eyes for easy application advice. Meanwhile, Estee Lauder's relaunched Pure Colour Eyeshadows (RRP £15) have some beautiful Taupe, Brown and Khaki shades.

Put away summer's fresh, fruity lip colours, with sheer and glossy finishes and grab a full-coverage lipstick. Rustic reds, juicy cherries, passionate plums, chocolate browns and pinky beiges are all wonderful winter colours.  In particular, matt, bold coloured lipsticks are going to be a popular trend this season. Although matt lipsticks can be drying, a lip balm applied first can offer greater protection to lips prone to chapping. And we love Christian Dior's Serum Rouge lipsticks (RRP £24.50) which provide the moisturising benefits of a lip balm with the full-coverage colour of a lipstick.  

If you are going for a bright lipstick colour, then keep your eyes simple with a little mascara and eyeliner and a neutral eyeshadow base. You can further protect your lips by using a conditioner underneath your lipstick. Why not try red and plum lips for that festive party and use a matching nail varnish to complement it? Lancome have some fabulous winter colour sets out such as Bloody Black Cherry which comes in their Colour Fever Gloss (RRP £17.50) and Le Vernis (RRP £12).

If you prefer nude lips then barely there lip colour has also been spotted on the catwalks; lighten your natural lip shade with concealer, but apply a lip balm first so that it is not drying, then use a nude shade lipstick or lipgloss lighter than your natural lip colour. Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink (RRP £7.29), from their stunning Suede Rhapsody makeup collection, is this season's must have nude. 

Come Christmas, glitzy and glamourous limited edition colours will hit the makeup counters and ensure you get noticed at that Christmas party. Gold and silver eyeshadows, glittery red and clear glosses and sparkly eyeliners are just some of the goodies you won't be able to resist. No 7's Christmas Collection is fabulous this year, with the star buy being the Mirrorball Highlighter Compact (£13.50), which can be applied as a highlighter to shoulders, collarbones and high points of the face for frosty shimmer, and Mirrorball Glitter Mascara Top Coat (RRP £9.00), which adds a gorgeous glittery coat to lashes and can be applied over any mascara. Christmas needn't be the only time to glam up your makeup, see our article on party makeup looks.

In keeping with the full-coverage theme matt foundations are going to be trendy this winter; they're fine for oily, normal and combination skins. If you have dry skin matt foundations aren't recommended and you should stick to a more hydrating, radiant finish foundation. A loose powder can be applied over any type of  foundation to give your skin a matt finish. If you don't fancy a frosty highlighter, apply a honey coloured bronzer to your skin for an autumn glow. 

Also seen on the catwalks are statement eyebrows. While last year bleached and understated light eyebrows were hitting the runways, this year is all about making your brows stand out by adding darker creamy colour to them with an eyebrow pencil or powder. Read our article on shaping and defining eyebrows for some top tips.

You may wish to use a moisturiser with added hydration benefits in the winter, perhaps replacing one with an SPF.  Cold weather and central heating both play a part in dehydrating skin. We particularly love Clarins' Hydra Quench range come the colder weather, in particular the Day Cream (RRP £32) really does give skin both a moisture and radiance boost - why not add it to your Christmas list?