Autumn Beauty Special

Amanda Seyfried attends the Miu Miu Spring Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris last month.

Amanda Seyfried attends the Miu Miu Spring Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris last month. Photo: BOISIERE SIPA for Snapper media

Now that summer is officially over, it's the perfect time to start re-thinking your wardrobe and beauty routine. But before you go pulling out the ankle boots and beanies, we’ve rounded up our favourite beauty looks and buys to help you get a handle on what you’ll be wearing this winter.

 Cherry Ripened Pucker

Nothing says winter like a shot of plum or blackberry on the pucker. Moving on from last season’s scarlet red gloss and lipstick, this year is all about blackberry tints that are equal parts daring and cool. Nowhere near as intimidating as they look, the formulas glide on sheer for a just-bitten into-a-mulberry-looking stain that was made for pairing with a slick of mascara and bronzer.

Hot tip: if you’re new to dark puckers, steer clear of matte finishes and look for shiny, moisture-packed formulas to avoid looking ‘90s Goth. Try: Estee Lauder Pure Sensuous Rouge Lipsticks, $49 each,


Sleek and Straight

Right now it’s time to put your sea salt spray and curling tongs on the backburner as poker-straight hair stages a comeback. Enter the L’Oreal Professionnel SteamPod, $270. Dubbed the ‘guilt-free’ hair straightener, unlike a traditional straightening iron the SteamPod uses a steady stream of highly-pressurised steam to open, smooth and soften the hair cuticle for slinky straight locks, minus the heat damage.  And the best bit? Your hair only needs to be 80% dry before using it.

Noteworthy Scents

The same way we’re forever lecturing you to switch your skincare to suit the seasons, there’s no better way to usher in a new spell than by shouting yourself to a fresh scent. There’s just one catch: this year tastemakers are urging us to take up sweet, fruity scents which make for a refreshing change from the predictable smoky leather and dark wood notes usually reserved for winter.

Our vote goes to Dior’s Miss Dior EDT, $125 (50mL) which conveniently hits counters this week.

Just landed: the CC Cream

Now that you’ve had twelve or so months to wrap your head around all the hype surrounding the BB cream, it’s time to start saving your pennies for the next instalment: the CC cream. Colour Control or Colour Correcting creams as they’re technically known are as said to boast all the trappings of a BB cream along with a stronger pigment that’s designed to reduce the appearance of redness and uneven skin tone for a smooth, foundation-like finish.

We suggest you bring your lunch from home this week and spend your money where it matters, like on Loreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream, $26.95.