The Beauty Spot: Refresh your autumn look

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Autumn is the ideal time

to refresh your look with new products and hairdo

THE end of the year is an ideal time to update your appearance. And by cherry-picking a few key products perfect for you and your look, you can face the new season refreshed and reinvented.

Fans of easy-to-do hair should rejoice with the classic ponytail and plait both being key looks for autumn/winter. Add volume at the crown before tying hair at the nape of the neck for a soft finish. Or braid hair in a simple, single plait worn over the shoulder. For those ladies lucky enough to have hair that holds a curl, it’s all about big and brushed out – a retro mix of 70s meets 40s styles. Curl and pin hair to head, leaving enough time to cool, before brushing through, keeping the top half smooth. Thankfully, those of us with poker straight hair, or less styling dexterity can plump for another hair trend this season – smooth and straight.

Healthy looking hair is fundamental to this style, so increase your shine with hair treatments to replenish and condition post summer. I’ve found the Wella SP Luxe Oil range particularly effective for this.

Texturising sprays are another useful tool to have in your hair arsenal and particularly for this season’s dry and wet hair trends. They can also give flat hair some touchable texture or can aid in creating chic messy-up dos. Try spraying products such as Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturising Sea Spray £18.95 onto hair before styling.

One of the quickest and wallet friendly ways to update your beauty look is by changing your lip product. And this season matte is making a comeback. Depending on your lip definition, try dispensing with lip liner for a softer finish but use a lip brush for accuracy. Beauty brand MAC is launching a new range of eight matte lipsticks, £15 each, in nudes through to plum shades.

And why not continue right to the tips of your toes with a new nail polish. It gives a subtle nod to the latest beauty looks without breaking the bank. Talon trends this season include natural shades and reds as well as textured nail polishes such as velvet and glitter. There are even new Feather manicure kits, £20, by nail brand Ciaté.

Autumn winter eye make-up trends include the feline flick and I’ve found Rimmel’s Micro Precision Liner, £5.49, a great product for creating this look. But for those yet to master this trend, or short on time, help is at hand with Eye Rock Designer Liner instant eyeliner sets, £6.99. To apply, peel off backing and stick to skin.

Otherwise, this season, shop metallic shades. Estee Lauder has a new collection called The Metallics dedicated to shimmering shades of lipsticks and nail polishes amongst other products. When wearing this look on the eyes, take over socket and underneath. One of my new favourites is a beautiful bronze shade, Ambitious, £12, by beauty brand CK One, but there are 11 more new shades in this range.

And this season, brows are still bold. Keep them well groomed and add colour with powder or pencil. Alternatively make an appointment with a brow expert to wax, thread or tint.

This will create a brow shape which you can keep to in the weeks ahead. For threading, I’m a massive fan of the Shavata counter in Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols. Or for those who ­prefer waxing, visit the Benefit Brow Bar in John Lewis.

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