4 a/w 2018 power make-up trends to try right now

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The a/w 2018 runways were a riot of bold colours and statements thanks to some major Eighties-style excess. It’s basically power dressing for your face. Here’s how to rock the look…

It’s been a tumultuous year for womankind.

From the Women’s Marches to #MeToo, acts of protest regarding female empowerment and its place in society have been catalysts for women coming together.

In keeping with this provocative mood were the political declarations seen on the catwalks, while hubs of make-up mutiny formed backstage. 

Rules were flouted with faces and digits in defiant hues (see Vivienne Westwood’s ‘power slogan’ nails). 

Underpinning many of these larger-than-life looks was a not-so-subtle nod to the decade that spawned the power suit, as women muscled up the corporate ladder. 

The season’s make-up mantra? Go bold or go home. Here’s how…

1. Power pouts

As far as self-expression goes, red lips can be a little too ‘shouty’ for some. Temptress or tycoon, fearless or making a defiant statement, the shade’s typical characteristics can mean that it’s not always part of every woman’s make-up repertoire. Until now.

A subtle play on texture and gentle smudging around the edges of lips with a fluffy brush renders the look more wearable, as demonstrated to perfect imperfection at Erdem. 

After all, confidence is about looking like you don’t give a hoot.

POWER UP WITH: Mac Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, £17.50; Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush, £25.50

2. Power shine

Glitter has the ability to make you happy. 

You don’t have to go as dramatic as Giambattista Valli, where models’ faces were coated in the stuff. But this is make-up designed to be seen from across the room. 

Just apply as you would a highlighter - to the tops of cheekbones, corners of eyes and Cupid’s bow. 

POWER UP WITH: Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Highlighter in Monarch, £24; Models Own Glitter Mix Glitter Gel in Unicorn, £9

3. Power chisel

This is not just contouring; this is Chanel contouring. 

You knew souped-up sculpting had gone chic when make-up artist Tom Pecheux sent models down the runway at the Grand Palais in Paris with a sepia stamp that swooped from temples to cheeks in a Chanel ‘C’ shape. 

Keep things monochromatic using the same tones across the lids as on the face, finishing with a touch of metallic sheen along the cheekbones for a golden glow. 

POWER UP WITH: Laura Mercier Essentials Eye and Cheek Palette, exclusively at House of Fraser, £49; Chanel Poudre Lumière Illuminating Powder in 20 Warm Gold, £42

4. Power lines

So sharp they should come with a safety warning, the eyeliner at the Prada show was a lesson in geometry.

Fierce flicks gave the effect of a mini-facelift and came in a cacophony of colours, which make-up artist Pat McGrath ramped up with a smattering of Swarovski crystals that resembled a supersonic meteor trail. 

For everyday wear, opt for a more muted shade of navy, choose pencil over liquid liner (as we have here), and don’t go quite as extreme on the proportions. Rhinestones optional.

POWER UP WITH: Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Chaos, £17.50, or Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Sapphire, £19

Whether you go for graphic liner or power contouring, shop the products for each look at House of Fraser.