There are quite a few makeup trends seen on the runway for Fall Winter 2015-2016 that caught my eye. Some of them were what we’ve already seen in the past one or two seasons, some were variations and some were refreshingly new. Some were too bold and others were very wearable. Some common themes were there too, such as well-defined brows and distinct lashes. From the berry lips of Dolce and Gabbana to the smudgy Grunge eyes of Roberto Cavalli, we’ve seen it all. And now, here’s my honest opinion on them all, and how I would wear them.



The 5 best and most wearable trends that we’ll be wearing in Fall/Winter 2015-2016:

Latest Makeup Trends #1: Berry Lips

This is my favorite new trend. It’s very refreshingly elegant and feminine. It was seen at Celine, MSGM, Marchesa and Dolce & Gabbana. Lip colors ranged from fire-engine red to well-defined cherry and raspberry to smudged strawberry and even purpleberry. How to wear this trend? This trend is great for when you want to look polished and lady-like, but can be worn for both day-time and evenings. For day-time, I’d pair it with undone eyes, maybe a hint of mascara. And for evenings, I’d wear berry lips with a subtly-defined eye with thin eyeliner and mascara, with a natural blush over some contouring. Another great option is to wear bronze smokey eyeshadow with it.

Latest Makeup Trends #2: Smudgy Grunge Eyes

From the overdone black smokey look of last winter, this winter we’ll be seeing some more wearable and easier smokey eyes. Or let’s call it smudgy. I’m kind of over this trend, there’s been just too much of smudge/smoke/black, and it looks depressing in the winter. Not to mention it’s already smudgy, so it starts to look even more worn out by the end of the evening. Anyway, if you’re into this look, it would be good for a night-out. Pair it with barely there blush and just a hint of clear lipgloss. If I were to do it, I’d use some silver or shimmer with it to make it more metallic smokey and less smudgy.

Latest Makeup Trends #3: No Makeup Makeup

The barely there makeup trend is not going away. But I like it, because it looks flawless, yet natural. And this season, the brows are well-defined, the skin is glowing and the lips are clear-glossy. So, I guess we could say it’s an overall happy glowy look. Great for day-time and for pairing with casual outfits. Even for evenings when you want a light, barely-there look.

Latest Makeup Trends #4: Graphic Eyeliner

This winter, take a liner, and just play with it around your eyes, because the runway looks showed everything from double wing to outer liner to fake lashes drawn out with eyeliners. Runway makeup artists went all out creating drawn on lashes and thick, straight outer liner, some of which I don’t like personally. Plus it would take a lot of patience to do it well, and time. But if I would wear it, it would be a double wing or geometric winged liner.


Latest Makeup Trends #5: Flush Blush

If you want to add more color to your winter look, try some fuchsia or rose blush. This trend was seen at Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Tibi as a rose-pink colored blush, one that’s naturally given by the winter cold weather winters. At Armani, this was taken up a notch, with fuchsia blush paired with fuchsia lips, and very lightly smokey eyes. Me likee. Seems like a great way to look bright and cheery in the bleak winter months! The way I would wear it will be that I would match the blush with my lips, and make it conspicuously bright, but not overdone or cartoon-ish.

Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email