While lots of New York’s biggest beauty statements migrated their way onto the London catwalks, the cultural capital brought its own offerings to the dressing table, too. As well as New York’s gothic, punk-y motif, London took on a more (albeit muted) whimsical, fanciful, and romantic approach. Wind-swept, soft waves were perfectly accessorized with charming clips, skin took a pearly, iridescent turn, and eyes ranged from earthy oranges to graphic lines to cotton-candy pinks. Here’s what we took note of for our next beauty haul.
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For FW15, makeup’s base has taken on a slight pearly hue, amp-ing up the mystique. Pale tones were enhanced and embraced this season (we have the coinciding gothic trend to thank for this) – an age away from heavy tans and contouring. J.W. Anderson’s glowing gleam was crafted by MAC makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo, who aimed to create an ‘optical illusion’ by bleaching and powdering brows, faking a super arch lift, and allowing more light to hit brow and cheek bones. A pearly, angelic complexion prevailed.
Experimental Eye Liner
Every woman’s night-out staple need not be boring, as London has shown us this season. When not disguised behind oversized glasses, a raised feline flick could be spotted at Matthew Williamson. Lisa Potter-Dixon, Head Make-Up & Trend Artist for Benefit, used Bad Gal Liner in the crease as opposed to the lash line, but finished it with a softly blended-out look for a more wearable, uplifted-feline feel. As long as your eyeliner is eye-catching for FW15, you’ll be one step ahead of the pack.
Hair accessories have made a playful comeback this season. Pastel crystal slides held side-swept fringes in place at Bora Aksu, and art deco inspired barrettes took center stage at Holly Fulton – the perfect finish to her girly, glamorous, embellishment-revelling collection. At J.W Anderson, hair stylist Anthony Turner embodied the girl ‘who has been up all night dancing’, and impulsively pulls her hair from her face with a black comb clip to stay 80s-chic instead of 80s-cheese.
Polar to the dark and gothic theme of the New York collections were the soft, feminine pinks that popped up on eyes and cheeks at LFW. Backstage at Topshop Unique, Makeup Consultant Hannah Murray captured the ‘spirit and fresh, healthy wind-swept skin’ of ‘refined beauties with a wild edge.’ Felder and Felder had a more doll-like approach, sculpting petal pink cheeks and fleshy pink pouts.
A Touch of Rust
There was an aptly autumnal-earthly feel backstage across a number of shows, where fall’s leafy oranges and rusty browns enveloped lids. At Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Lead Makeup Artist Val Garland used MAC sepias and caramels to create a matte, ever-so-slightly burnt orange lid, teamed with naked brows and lashes to highlight the 1970s inspired, folk-feel collection. Emilia Wickstead went for a bronzed orange, and for Peter Pilotto, it was all about the shape with a thick swipe of orange across the lids.