Last week, Cara Delevingne sashayed down the Chanel catwalk in a wedding dress and what looked like her gym shoes, reigniting a dress and trainers trend last seen on Lily Allen in the ‘Smile’ video, back in ’06. Contributing writer Natalie Peck looks at some other style and beauty faux pas that are actually worth a try!

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MISMATCHED HAIR & BROWS:

Thanks to the likes of Ms. Delevingne and Lily Collins, the bold brow has been having a moment for some time. For an even edgier look, try breaking the cardinal rule of keeping your brows relatively similar to your hair colour.

Never one to stick to the rules, Paloma Faith showed up to the Burberry men’s autumn winter fashion show (above) rocking her usual dark, drawn-on brows with a newly lightened strawberry blonde ‘do. If you fancy trying this at home, it’s really easy to achieve with a brow pencil or matte eyeshadow – Benefit’s Brow Zings kit in Deep can be built-up to add intensity.

CLASHING MAKE-UP

Despite subscribing to the idea that lips and cheeks should be kept in the same colour family (as described in detail by the fantastic Sali Hughes), sometimes it looks great to experiment and clash. Just reign yourself in as soon as you start to resemble Crusty the Clown. Try a warm-toned peachy blush like Benefit’s CORALista with the cool-toned fuchsia LAQA & Co. lip pencil in Lambchop. Remember; make-up is fun!

TOO DARK FOUNDATION

Badly matched foundation has been a beauty bane since our teenage years. We’ve all made the mistake of buying a mismatched foundation, so if you have something a little too dark in your make-up collection, mix it in with a lighter one to add a bit of bronze to your look – just take a tip from Kim Kardashian and blend, blend, blend to make sure there’s no tell-tale tidemark around the jawline. Alternatively, if you have the opposite problem, you can always use a too-light foundation as a highlighter, or to pale your regular base for the winter months.

SLEEPING IN YOUR MAKE-UP

One of my favourite make-up artists, Charlotte Tilbury, readily admits to sleeping in her make-up – thought it’s lightly and freshly applied before bed. It’s hardly surprising, seeing as her signature look is a smoky bedroom eye. Don’t want to go to bed with anything other than squeaky clean skin? theBalm Cosmetics timeBalm Concealer contains anti-ageing skincare benefits like vitamin C and E to hide bags and plump the appearance of fine lines, all while you catch some Zs.

UNWASHED HAIR

Tousled hair is coveted at the moment, but most of us still reach for the shampoo a few times a week and fake the week-old bed hair look the rest of the time with texturising sprays and waves a la the Olsen twins. Co-washing – that is washing your hair with conditioner – protects hair from stripping shampoos and adds a natural texture to your locks. Ojon is launching a Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner later this year which we’ve got our eye on.

– Natalie P

You tell us! What don’ts have become do’s in your beauty routine? Let us know!