Antique gold, rose, plum and bronze tones have an Old Hollywood charm that feels just right for party season - think eyes defined in warm metallics and lips painted rich berry tones. Don't be afraid to go big on both eyes and lips come party season, just choose complementary shades like at Marchesa.
A slick of berry purple on the lips feels just right for winter, and Nars's Killer Shine Lipstick in No Shame - part of a collaboration with Steven Klein - has just the right dramatic appeal.
Nars Steven Klein Fantascene Killer Shine Lipstick in No Shame, £20. Available at www.narscosmetics.co.uk.
If you're going for a strong lip as well as a smoky eye, swap black shadow for sparkling bronze - it's softer and more flattering. Bobbi Brown's limited-edition Sequin Eye Shadow in Constellation is the perfect partner for a deep plum lip.
Bobbi Brown Sequin Eye Shadow in Constellation, £25. Available at www.bobbibrown.co.uk.
A dramatic smoky eye is a beauty classic, and promises to make maximum impact come party season. At Diane von Furstenberg, fresh-looking skin and nude lips meant that the layered black and grey shadow on the eyes could really do the talking.
Metallics feel more festive than matt black when it comes to smoky eyes and Chantecaille's Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in Tibet is especially designed for shading, smudging and diffusing. Use the lighter shade across the lids and the darker one in the crease of the lid and close to the lash line.
Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in Tibet, £48. Available at www.liberty.co.uk.
Complete the look with layer upon layer of black mascara applied right into the roots and wiggled through the lashes to coat completely. Tom Ford's Waterproof Extreme Mascara promises not to budge.
Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme Mascara, £39. Available at www.harrods.com.
Radiant skin, glossy lips and subtle sculpting and highlighting gave models at Rodarte a healthy, lit-from-within glow which complemented the heavily embellished dresses without taking the focus. The look was amped up with a strip of Swarovski crystals on the lower lash line - if you dare, use eyelash glue to apply 10 to 15 small jewels beneath the lash line for the same effect. After all, if you can't at Christmas, when can you?
It's all about a youthful-looking luminosity rather than a sparkling shimmer when it comes to highlighting - think a wash of pale gold where light hits the face, a flush of warmth on the cheeks and a soft taupe to sculpt the features. Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Edit offers everything you need for a truly glowing complexion in one handy compact.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, £65. Available at www.liberty.co.uk.
Lip gloss is back for autumn/winter 2015, and is the perfect way to play with light and shade on the face. Choose a sheer nude shade like Dior Addict Gloss in Sparkle to complement radiant skin.
Dior Addict Gloss in Sparkle, £22.50. Available at www.selfridges.com.
Using a gloss instead of a shadow on the eyes is one way to stand out from the crowd - it feels more modern, with an added cool factor. Pair with smudgy liner beneath the eyes and well-groomed brows - as at Roberto Cavalli - for a strong, statement-making beauty.
Eye gloss looks great but can be tricky (and sticky) to wear, so party season is the perfect time to test-drive it. MAC has the best in the business - its MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Pearl Vanish offers a high-shine finish with a subtle pearly sheen.
MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Pearl Vanish, £16. Available at www.maccosmetics.co.uk.
Offset high-shine lids with a dark liner smudged right into the lower lash line. Topshop's Smoke Stick is soft and blendable, so you can work it in until you achieve that rock'n'roll slept-in look.
Topshop Smoke Stick in Treasure Rocks, £6.50. Available at www.topshop.com.