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Admit it, beauty trends can be notoriously difficult to translate to the office. What rocks the catwalk rarely rolls in the City. Following are five autumn beauty trends you CAN wear at work.

1. Strong brows

Runway shows at Kenzo, Jil Sander and Chloe featured models with elegant, mannish brows. But think modern Brooke Shields - not Marlon Brando.

City tip: If in doubt, get a professional to create the perfect shape (slightly squared off at the ends for some ‘toughness’). Fill in sparse areas with a defining pencil or brow wax. Try Benefit Brow Zings, £22.50.

2. High-impact lips

Rich, deep reds and berry purples always herald autumn’s arrival. If reds are too bold, opt for the safer nude alternatives. If they’re good enough for Hermes...

City tip: Trying red? Before applying lipstick, create a precise outline, then fill in the entire lip with a pencil (try Mac lip pencil in Redd, £10.50). Apply lippy. Blot slightly.

3. Fresh skin

The key to pulling off bolder lips and brows is flawless skin. The Paris runway shows paraded gorgeous, fresh complexions.

City tip: Mix foundation with 1-2 drops of serum to give skin a fresh, radiant finish. (Try Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, £39). Use the back of your hand as a mixing palate, add a little foundation, the serum, mix with a cosmetic sponge and apply. Voila!

4. Sculpted cheekbones

Blusher is fresh and outdoorsy this autumn, and applied lower than you might expect.

City tip: Find the contour of your cheekbone - brush a wash of blusher underneath the cheekbone. The look is a modern understated flush. Try Nars, in Orgasm, £21.50.

5. Soft grey manicure

I’m loving - LOVING - the a/w 2011 dove-hued nails. The catwalks were full of soft grey, which looks trendy and neat, without looking goth.

City tip: Find the shade of grey to suit your skin tone (blue greys for cooler skin tones; warmer pewter greys for yellow based skin). Wear nails shorter (though the catwalk trend is for longer talons) to keep it City-friendly. For lustered metallic greys, try Chanel in ‘Graphite’ and ‘Quartz’, both £17.50. Prefer matte? Try Revlon in ‘Hazy’, £6.49.

Give these trends a miss at work:

  1. Spider lashes – overloaded, clumpy lashes.
  2. Blood red souped-on lip gloss.
  3. Black dominatrix manicure on longer nails.