Don’t get us wrong, we love show-stopping catwalk looks as much as the next girl, but the idea of sporting the likes of triple-neon eyeshadows and bejewelled lips on a daily basis is a little out the question – both in effort and skill-set! Grace rounds up five beauty looks – and accompanying tips – she spotted backstage at #LFW to easily recreate for yourself:
Fluttery, Flirty Lashes
The wonderful Lisa Eldridge headed up the make-up team for the Grace AW14 show on Saturday, where old school glamour reigned through feline eyes, bronzed skin and crimson lips. Shown here on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the sexy, fluttery lashes were courtesy of Eyeko’s Magic Mascara – the sickle-shaped wand creates the perfect amount of curl, with a thick, rounded brush to fully coat lashes. Be sure to use eyelash curlers before applying mascara to give the roots an extra lift!
This lush lash look was paired with defined yet natural-looking brows, using Eyeko’s lightly tinted Brow Gel – which has pride of place in my make-up bag. Wear with red lippy a la Rosie if you’re going all out, or keep things relaxed with a sheer balm or gloss. The choice is yours.
“Considered Bed Head” Hair
The hair at Markus Lupfer was inspired by cool, gritty weekend locks. After seeing – and loving! – the finished result, I was surprised at just how easy it was to DIY. Firstly, strands were prepped using the Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray and Surf Spray, which was blasted down the lengths of the hair with a dryer to add texture. When almost dry, the hair was twisted and pinned up into a tight bun with a protective hairnet placed on top. After make-up and fittings, the net was removed and Pret-a-Powder was rubbed through the ends to break up and loosen waves. Some were then lightly brushed through depending on the tightness of the wave – the more ‘lived in’, the better.
A Pow(d)er Brow
The make-up at Whistles’ AW14 show proved an eye or a lip needn’t be the focus of your entire look – head an inch north and make your brows the main attraction! A strong eyebrow paired with low key make-up elsewhere is cool and modern, plus it will add structure to your face. Backstage, make-up artists used matte eyeshadow with an angled brush to brush feathery strokes into the natural shape of the brows. Benefit’s Brow Zings kit contains two matte brow colours that can be mixed together to match your colouring.
Although the graphic eyeliner was the hot topic at the Markus Lupfer show, it was the luminous, dewy skin that I welcomed with open arms. The juicy soft complexion balanced out the bold eye make-up and kept things looking youthful and fresh. I spotted the MUAs massaging in heaps of moisturiser before the base – Liz Earle Beauty Co.’ Skin Repair, to be exact – and then immediately following with Liz Earle’s Sheer Skin Tint to still-moist-to-the-touch skin. This gave a lightweight, extra dewy finish. They then went in with the Light Reflecting Concealer, packed with iridescent particles to brighten under the eyes, cupids bow, bridge of the nose etc. Gorge!
See our 10 favourite behind-the-scenes moments of London Fashion Week here.