There's a new twist on the French manicure. Take two colours and paint them any direction you want, such as contrasting half moons, a vertical split down the middle, a V-shape or a diagonal flash. At the spring/summer shows, Roland Mouret and Phillip Lim were using pale and pretty shades, but we predict bolder, braver choices such as navy and gunmetal grey or plum and purple will be the next big thing.
1. Prepare your nails by removing any existing nail polish, filling the nails into a neat shape and pushing back your cuticles. This can be done in 10 minutes, but for the best results, don't rush each step – 30 minutes will do it.
2. Starting from the centre of each nail, paint your first shade from the cuticle down to the tip. To keep it steady, it helps to rest your hand on a flat surface. Do your full set of 10 then allow your nails to dry completely – about 10 minutes.
3. Follow by applying your second shade of nailpolish to the tips of your fingers. Hold the nail polish brush at a 90-degree angle and slowly 'draw' the tip on in one unbroken line.
4. Apply a top coat to seal in the colour and add a glossy sheen to your nails. Depending on how much you use your hands, a manicure can last up to 10 days.
Luxe vintage waves have been the hairstyle to have for a few seasons, as seen at Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg, but we have an inkling that a looser, more tousled look will be making an appearance soon. Think more natural and relaxed, with less structure than the vintage wave, but just as glam!
1. After washing, squeeze your hair as dry as possible with a towel, then prep it for lasting hold by raking through a generous golf ball-sized dose of curl-boosting mousse with your fingers.
2. Blast your hair with a hairdryer, then brush it through and make a sharp side parting.
3. Wind small sections of hair from the middle to the end loosely around a 1-inch heated hair tong holding for about 10 seconds each time before releasing.
4. To separate the curls, spray a wide tooth comb with hairspray and run lightly through your hair. This loosens the curl but retains the texture, while holding the wave in place.
First we saw aquatic blue eye makeup on the catwalks for spring/summer, as seen at Clements Ribeiro, Michael Kors and Vivienne Westwood. Now we predict deep oceanic blue eye makeup will be on-trend during LFW. It's a versatile makeup look that can be adapted for day and evening.
1. Begin by defining your eyebrows and applying a neutral eyeshadow to even out the skin tone and create a blank base for the darker pigments.
2. Dip a small brush into deep turquoise or jade eye shadow. Tap off any excess eye shadow then brush it lightly over your lids to just past your eye socket creases. Blend it well then add another layer if you want a more intense effect.
3. For a dramatic evening look, blend another deeper colour of eye shadow, such as violet, into and beyond the eye socket, focusing on the outer half of your eye. Think of a triangle at the outer corner of your eyes. This adds depth and definition. Curl your eyelashes, then give them two coats of black mascara.
4. Play down the rest of your face with natural tones. Use your finger tips to smudge some caramel blusher into your cheeks, then streak some nude tinted gloss onto your lips.
Glossy red lips are so 2013. We saw them everywhere on the catwalks from Prada to Paul Smith. It's all about high gloss and high impact. Autumn will focus on richer damson and plum shades for the lips. High maintenance? Yes, but well worth the effort
1. Make sure your lips are in top condition by exfoliating them gently with a dry toothbrush then moisturizing with a light cream or lip balm.
2. To achieve a precision pout, apply your lipstick with a lip brush, starting from your cupid's bow and working out to the edges.
3. Then apply the lipstick the same way for your bottom lip, working from the centre out.There's no need to blot with a tissue – instead, you can lightly dust powder around the edges of your lips to stop the lipstick bleeding into any fine lines.
4. Dot a drop of lip gloss in the centre of your lips for extra fullness and maximum shine. Mute the rest of your makeup so that no other feature is fighting your lips for attention. Enhance your eyes with a layer of oyster eye shadow and soft black eyelashes, and apply a tawny blusher to cheeks.