Then came along the gorgeous Katy Perry with her fresh flawless complesion, seriously sharp eyeliner and oh-so-pretty ombre pink pout, giving us oodles of autumn beauty inspiration without a tooth staining burgundy lippie in sight.
Hurrah! So here's how to nab the look using as little as five must-have high-street beauty buys.
We're just amazing, aren't we?
For the face:
Less really is more when it comes to prepping your base but that doesn't mean you have to scrimp on coverage. Distribute three pumps of the Max Factor All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation, £9.99 onto the back of your hand and use a stippling brush (this one from Eco Tools works wonders) to swirl the foundation into your skin.
For an even finish a la Katy, lightly pat and press the bristles over your foundation - it'll give you an unrivalled, airbrushed effect.
Don't make the mistake of applying blusher to the apples of your cheeks. Instead, buff a light touch of the NARS Orgasm Blush, £23 (we're pretty sure this wonder product is what Katy's MUA used) along your cheekbones and bring the powder up to your temples. This is where you flush naturally.
For the eyes:
Only a gel liner could provide you with a cat-eye flick so opaque. Wedge the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black, £7.99 into your lash line and wing out at the edges. Then, simply go over the line you have created to build up the thickness but stop drawing one third of the way up your eyelid - no-one wants panda peepers.
For the lips:
Trace the edges of your lips with Rimmel's cult classic Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob, £3.99 and fill in the entire lip to give your lipstick a base to cling on to.
Apply a slick of M.A.C's just as famous lipstick in Pink Plaid, £15.50, over your pout but don't blot otherwise you'll lose the luxe creamy sheen it leaves behind. For Katy's almost ombre effect, re-trace the edges of your lips only, using the same lipliner as before.
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