Leather gets the designer make-over this autumn; grown-up and glamorous (and fetish-free), it’s a world away from the spray-on leather trousers of ageing rock stars.But if you love the look (and we do) the problem is knowing what to wear with it. Too much red (nails and lips) and you look like an extra in 50 Shades of Grey; too much colour, glitter or gleam and you lose that modern edge. So, to ensure the look works for you, here is my guide to the essentials to go for


Big hair may be hot this season but sleek and shiny works better here (and definitely save the curls for something else). The trick to that just-stepped-of-the-catwalk straight hair, as opposed to just flat hair is to first blow dry with a big round brush like Moroccanoil Large Barrel Brush , before finishing with the irons. Finally spritz with a shine-boosting spray – we love Redken Glistening Mist .


Any ‘tan’ seen this winter has to be light and glowing at most. Try mixing a little self-tan (try Xen-tan face tanner luxe ) into your night cream for a bit of colour without too obvious a commitment. Alternatively, dust a light toned, shimmer-free bronzer over cheekbones.


Dark shades of winter berries and purples (either go glossy or almost matte) look beautiful, as do any deep, dark reds. Or, go understated with a gloss-free balmy nude or soft pink.

Tip: Mix a bit of lipstick with a lip balm and pat on lips.


The new graphic black liner looks perfect, especially finished with black mascara . Or even a shot of dark green or deep purple on the eyes works as a new take on the classic smoky eye.


Flowers and leather? Just don’t go there. Instead look for warm-skin notes of amber, musk and even scents of ‘leather’ as found in Annick Goutal Grand Amour Eau De Parfum .


Either dark (but steer clear of black, as deep reds, dark chocolate and purple looks
newer) and ultra glossy, or beige shades of nude look equally

Credit: Gorunway

Your Comments (3)

  1. Elizabeth Brown wrote on Nov 9th, 2012 ...

    Elizabeth Brown on Nov 9th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Its nice to see you have included looks for all complexions!

    • jack on Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:23 am

      i agree we brown babes are always forgotten
      we need make up tips toooo

  2. Bruna wrote on Jul 17th, 2013 ...

    Bruna on Jul 17th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Love this article!


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