3 vampy makeup looks for autumn

Going out is back! And so is make-up – the bolder the better. We get tips from the experts on three looks to try out when you go out this season…

Following last year’s washout of an autumn/winter (we never want to hear the words ‘government enforced lockdown’ again), we’re viewing this year’s season with renewed joie de vivre. Cosy jumpers, crisp weather and pumpkin spiced everything aside, we’re also excited about the return of makeup. Yep, makeup is back in business – and we say the bolder and darker, the better.

Since we’ve been out of the game for a minute now intense shades and bolder looks can seem daunting. However, we’ve got you covered with these tips from the makeup experts themselves. So, it’s time to embrace the beauty of the dark side – we promise you’re in safe hands.

Welcome to the monochrome side

Monochromatic makeup is dubbed as one of the biggest beauty trends for this season – so, it's time to coordinate your makeup look. An easy way to do this is to match your eyeshadow, blush and lip colour so they’re all from the same colour family. And for autumn, we’re going straight for berry and plum hues for a fun way to inject a cooler vampy vibe. 

“Creating the perfect vampy eyeshadow is all about building and blending pigment,” says founder of Tanseem Cosmetics, Tasneem Shahidullah. She’s using the shade Rumi from her range, which is an eyeshadow, blush and lip colour all in one. 

“Build your pigment in the centre of the eyelid and blend out. This will create a seamless and smoky gradient effect”.

She applied the shade on her eye, cheeks and lips giving a nod to the monochromatic trend – as well as tapping into the dark, vampy vibe that defines AW21 make up. 

The return of the red lip

One of the boldest – and simplest – ways to add a darker vibe to your makeup is with your lip colour. A vampy shade does all the hard work for you, imparting sophistication and – we hope – an air of mystery. First up: choosing your shade. For maximum impact, we love a purple toned plum shade, like the Emolyne Semi Matte lipstick in Nigeria. Or, to ease your way into the bold lip life, look for a more red toned berry shade, such as the Bite Beauty Power Move Soft Matte Lipstick in Radicchio.

To apply, precision is key. Use a lip brush and concealer to create sharp lines, or else go for a care free, edgy look and by applying straight from bullet to lip, patting in with your fingers to create a blurred edge. To finish, as it needs very little to accompany it, offset your bold lip with strong brows (we like using the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Cheat), and a light base and eye makeup. 

Glossy girl

For an everyday nod to the dark vampy look, opt for products that are sheer and lighter in finish – think lip stains, glosses and cream blush. A lightweight glossy eyeshadow, for example, is an homage to the dark bold vampy look without the intensity, and your foolproof ticket to achievieng it? The Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Ruby.

“Use my lid tint with my mini fan brush and blend the shadow onto your lid,” says founder and make-up artist, Jillian Dempsey herself. “Continue to blend until you’ve reached a smoky, worn-in look.”

We’re also fans of using the lid tint on our cheeks – its sheer, light formula is super easy to blend with your fingers, and leaves you with a natural hint of berry goodness. 

For a glossy lip moment, we’re pulling for the Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm. It’s a dream to apply, effortlessly melting into your lips, and leaves you with a hint of bold, dark colour – no mirror required. 

Words by Zeynab Mohamed