Gel, glitter & jelly. Autumn beauty sounds like a kids birthday party on your face & nails!

Gel those nails, gel those lashes, gel everything in sight…except your foundation!
God, no, don’t do that. For the love of everything on trend, don’t commit the ultimate fashion faux pas! Oily-looking, shiny skin is out again which is great for those of you who already glow and overheat during lectures.
Matte foundations will create that perfect finish and if you want to DIY the Kylie Jenner gel look then check out my top tips.
I’m Hannah Ahmed (former Mearns Castle pupil, now a student studying English at the University of Dundee) and this is my guide to all that’s good and beautiful this season.


matte skin model

Many of us have oily/combination skin, which can prove to be especially problematic when attempting an Instagram worthy photo on a night out.
We may be in luck this year as “It’s all about matte, perfected complexions” according to Pat McGrath, one of the most influential names in makeup. There are a few different elements that need to be tackled in order to achieve this look. The first is your actual skin. The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion is ideal as a base for makeup, and for applying at night after makeup has been removed.
It can help make your skin less oily in the long run whilst still giving enough moisture to avoid dry, flaky patches.
The next is creating a base, and Tarte and Nars’ foundation and concealer give a good amount of coverage and a matte finish, without being cakey. Laura Mercier’s famous loose powder is the best for setting your makeup to keep everything matte and in place.
The last element is touch ups, as despite our best efforts some of us can’t help getting shiny after a few hours. Oil blotting paper is ideal for quickly and easily getting rid of excess oil, without messing up your make-up.

matte blotting paper

NYX Professional Blotting Paper £4


brows sealant

Long gone are the 90s days of thin, over plucked eyebrows. Nowadays, the bushier the brow, the better.
Whether you were blessed with a pair of caterpillars, or your natural brows are non-existent, there are plenty of products to get you sorted. If your eyebrows are already at your preferred shape and colour, then all you really need is a brow gel.
A clear gel, such as Essence’s Lash and Brow Gel Mascara, can help hold unruly hairs in place.

If you need a teensy bit of colour, but don’t want to commit to filling them in every day, then opt for a coloured brow gel to add a tint to your brows. An eyebrow pencil, such as NYX’s, is ideal for creating realistic looking hairs to give the illusion of fuller brows. If your brows are far from the shape and width you’d desire, then Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade is the best thing for you.
It’s waterproof and comes in a wide array of colours, so there’s a reason it’s a cult classic.

glossier boy brow

Boy Brow £14


glitter makeup runway Fresh while this wild glitter eye makeup may only be fit for the runway

Giambattista Valli brought the glitter trend to a head on their catwalk, having models come down the runway with their entire faces covered in glitter masks. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to copy that look exactly (unless you’re into that of course) but it does mean it’s a good time to add some sparkle to your make-up. It’s the best way to transform a basic day-time look to a night out look.
The easiest way to use glitter is on your eyes. Stila’s Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow is ideal, as it’s quick to apply and comes in a wide range of colours, ranging from neutral to bright. NYX offers the most affordable way to add glitter to your eyes as well as your face as a very intense highlighter.

stila glitter

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow £23


kylie jenner nails

Say what you want about the Kardashians, but there’s no denying how influential they are in dictating beauty trends.
The most recent was brought onto our radar by the youngest member of the clan, Kylie Jenner.
Jelly nails. But what are they, and how can you achieve them yourself?
It all comes down to the finish, instead of a traditional shiny, or more contemporary matte finish, jelly nails leave a hint of sheer colour, similar to lip gloss. The easiest way to get this look is to visit your favourite nail salon, as a professional nail tech will be able to give the most professional finish. But if you’d rather paint your own nails, then we’ve got you covered on the best polishes the high streets have to offer.
YSL and Dior have similar sheer coloured nail polishes for the perfect jelly manicure. However, they only have a handful of colours, and are at a rather hefty price point. If you are really prepared to DIY, then you could even try mixing your favourite colour with a clear polish, but be warned, as this method may take a bit of trial and error before your nails look ready to debut on Kylie’s Instagram.

dior nail glow

Dior Nail Glow £21