It’s all change when it comes to the new make-up looks for A/W13. With summer focusing on super shiny hair and a bright strong lip, as previewed at London Fashion Week this autumn it’s all about the eyes and messed up hair. Think everything from 80’s rock chick to 90’s grunge.For your edit of the hottest autumn looks, here is the feelunique beauty team’s report on the key looks you will want to wear.
The look: It’s all about taking it
down a level, think muted tones
and swap your classic black for
all shades of grey, from charcoal
to dove – grey is going to be the
hot colour for the season.For lashes it seems anything goes, from
mascara-bare lashes at Julien MacDonald, to
seven layers on the top lashes at Todd Lynn.
Whatever your preference there are plenty of
ways to wear it.
The look: Flawless bare skin finished to a seamless perfection. Attention needs to be paid right from the start, so focus from your skincare up; this is about looking as though you have great skin, not great makeup. You shouldn’t be able to tell where the skin ends and the make-up starts.When applying your BB or new CC creams, the key is to buff, buff and buff again using a brush, not fingers. ‘Using a brush polishes the base into the skin for a naturally dewy glow,’ advises Val Garland. Foundation buffing brushes (try CID Cosmetics Foundation Buffing Brush
) were used everywhere, from David Koma to Clements Ribeiro, to really work the product into the skin for that gorgeous satin finish.
Backstage skin prep
Mini face massages are the staple model skin prep, using hydrating moisturisers or masks like Dior’s Hydra Life
to ensure skin is hydrated and plump, ready for action.
A quick spritz of rose water was applied backstage pre-makeup at Temperley London, to instantly refresh skin.Try Melvita Rose Floral Water
Backstage essential: Skin Cetaphil Cleanser
is still the soothing favourite for over worked models skin.
The look:Pulled back Sunday hair. Backstage was full to the brim of messy, grunge inspired hair styles, from scraped back up-do’s to loose textured locks. The key is taking clean hair and adding guts and texture. It’s all down to the products to get that slightly textured hair that still moves – it’s not greasy but it’s rough and ready.The three products you need to know about…
Dry Shampoo – never spray on to the parting or the hairline (to avoid that white dusty finish), work through sections and ruffle it up using the fingers to create volume and mess.
Salt Spray – the backstage essential used by the hair teams, it’s key product of season. Spray through lengths and rough dry to create worn in texture.
Strong Hold Hairspray – a serious
amount of hairspray was spotted
backstage, invest in a good one to
set the look in place all day.
Taking a back seat for autumn/winter, lips and cheeks need little beyond gorgeous balms, flesh tones and gloss-free beiges.
It was a tale of two talons in London – from classic old school pink, perfectly manicured and natural nails, at Matthew Williamson and Temperley London, to the edgy darks, long length falsies and tapered ends as seen at Holly Fulton and Mark Fast.
Food of choice backstage ranged from delicious bacon sandwiches at Mulberry and a huge stand of Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes at Matthew Williamson, to the more ‘virtuous’ healthy snacks of fruit platters, savoury popcorn and fresh juices at the likes of Temperley London and Todd Lynn.
A huge Vita Coco van making an all-important delivery of crate after crate of coconut water – it’s the drink of choice for backstage and the front row; they need to be well hydrated.