AW Beauty Workshop with Gritty Pretty

If you’re following the gram you’ll already know my highlight of last week, meeting the fabulous beauty IT Girl, Eleanor Pendleton of Gritty Pretty. Featuring as the special guest of Westfield Carindale’s AW Beauty Workshop, Eleanor dished her insider beauty knowledge of the key makeup and hair trends for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season.

Not only is she just as gorgeous in the flesh, she’s super friendly, and her presentation certainly proved one thing, this girl knows her stuff!

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Starting with an inspiring insight into her journey of Gritty Pretty, Eleanor’s story speaks of dedication, hard work and most importantly, a love of beauty!


According to Eleanor, some of the major beauty trends straight off the catwalk are seen as:

Plum Lips

Rich, berry hues are picked to be the colour of choice for plump pouts this AW season. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited at the thought of such a sophisticated (and seductive) statement lip. Not to mention, as Eleanor points out, plum lipsticks feature a blue base which creates the illusion of a brighter smile and who doesn’t love the look of pearly whites!

Sharing her tricks of the trade, Eleanor recommends applying the lipstick to the middle finger and dabbing onto the lip, rather than using the bullet, is the safest way to apply the lip stain.

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Bold Brows

I’m excited to hear that bold brows are here to stay, according to Eleanor. For this reason, it is more important than ever to invest in the right products to ensure your brows remain on fleek. When it comes to creating #browenvy, Eleanor suggests adding brow gel to your beauty routine, to add dimension and fill in any gaps. Not to mention, the gel formula helps to set brows in place and minimise smudges and sliding. Dearly noted girlfran!


Undone Waves and Messy Braids

When it comes to the tresses, Eleanor suggests that undone is done, with a focus on more relaxed styles. Channel an effortless yet chic vibe with loose, cascading waves, while always remembering to spritz roots with dry shampoo for second day hair.

As for trending updo’s, Eleanor says messy braids and plaits are on high rotation, brought about by the 90’s resurge. As if by total fate, I happened to style a messy fishtail braid to the workshop, which Eleanor personally complimented, saying that my hairstyle was bang on trend. This one’s going in the book as one of my Top 5 Fashion Moments!

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If a picture paints a thousand words, then these snaps show off just how fabulous this event was! For a little more beauty how-to, definitely check out my write up on the Lulu and Lipstick blog, covering Eleanor’s many tips and tricks. You won’t want to miss out on this beauty guide cuties! x

Photography by Westfield Carindale