The finishing touch

With the beauty trend for minimal make-up still going strong, this season it is the final touches that make all the difference. Here are the five expert tricks to really transform your look.

1. Glossed lips

For a fuller pout add an extra layer of lipstick or stain to the centre of the top and bottom lips. If you’re going for a more natural look, use a gloss such as Lancôme’s Gloss in Love in Just Strass.

(Carolina Herrera AW14, Jason Lloyd Evans)

2. Sultry smoky eye

The smoky eye is a party season classic, but for a fresher approach opt for beige, light grey and taupe shades. We love Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Slate and Stone, £19 each. For a pro-finish "use a clean brush or cotton bud and gently sweep it around the edges of your eye make-up to gently soften," explains the make-up artist Arabella Preston.

(DKNY AW14, Jason Lloyd Evans)

3. Manicured fingers

On the autumn/winter 14 catwalks nails became an accessory within themselves. Shades of nude were replaced with rich, dark hues. From deep blue at Julien MacDonald to an earthy brown at Roland Mouret and a beautiful aubergine at Paul Smith, there was a spectrum of colours. All three of these manicures were finished with a super glossy top coat. For this, use Dior’s Gel Coat, £19 – the wide brush makes it effortless and the shine lasts for days.

(Paul Smith AW14, Jason Lloyd Evans)

4. Subtle highlighting

Strategically placed highlighting, along the brow and cheekbones, is the difference between good make-up and great make-up. ‘A touch of highlighter on the Cupid bow never fails to lift and prettify a face,’ adds Preston. Avoid glittery formulas as these can look unnatural, instead use pearlescent creams mixed with a drop of serum. For this Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, £26, and Nars Illuminator, £22.50, are perfect.

(Christopher Kane AW14, Jason Lloyd Evans)

5. Groomed brows

Well-shaped eyebrows might frame your face, but to make them look effortlessly chic there is a simple trick: ‘Brush them up with a tiny bit of lip balm,’ reveals Preston. ‘It conditions your brows and holds them in place at the same time.’ For those who need a little extra help with shaping, book in for an appointment at Blink Brow Bar.

(Clarins)