The GLOSSYBOX team have been backstage at London Fashion Week to bring you a round-up of the beauty looks we loved – and what everyone’s been talking about for the season ahead.
It’s no exaggeration to say that we’re eager for autumn to arrive after indulging in two whole weeks of utterly beautiful hair, make-up and nail creations, lovingly curated by the best in the business, and we’re only half way through!
The coming weeks may define what we’ll be wearing for autumn and winter, but they also provide us with an insider glance at how we’ll be curling our hair (a new technique we learnt at PPQ), how we’ll be applying our skincare (using make-up brushes) and the clever new beauty drink we’ll be glugging down for better skin – and these are all things you can try right now. We even spotted a soon-to-launch foundation from MAC that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on come the end of the year…
The importance of carefully prepped skin
Abigail James was on hand backstage at Temperley London, prepping the skin with a quick 5 minute facial and in turn, creating the perfect base for the ethereal make-up look. While at PPQ, lead make-up artist Maria Papadopoulou buffed a mix of Jurlique serum and moisturiser into the skin using a flat top make-up brush, explaining to us that ‘if the model feels good, she’s going to walk good,’ – and what’s more, it’ll help push the moisture deeper and ensure even coverage. J W Anderson’s girls were even treated to a mini hand massage pre-manicure, using a cocktail of cuticle oil and hand cream to hydrate and smooth the skin.
The S curl
We predict right now that this is the hair we’ll all be coveting next season. Backstage at PPQ, Hair Stylist Robert Eaton let us in on a brand new way to curl your locks for autumn. ‘It’s a press and curl idea that creates a modern wave – a really simple technique that’s super easy for people to do at home,’ he explained while spritzing a little Wella SP Perfect Hold Hairspray onto the models locks. Simply clamp small sections of your hair in an ‘S’ shape between straighteners then brush through with your fingers to soften the wave and finish with Wella Gloss Spray. You heard it here first.
High octane lips
The London shows brought us back to our love of bold colours – and in Julien Macdonald’s case, bold colours with a glossy finish. We’re talking lipstick that packs a punch, teamed with pared back make-up and beautiful skin. There’s a little treat in our March Glossybox that could help you out with this one…
The new foundation…
We’ve spotted this newbie from MAC Cosmetics at countless shows this season and after seeing the finish it creates, we can’t wait to get our hands on it! Launching later this year, it’s a liquid to matte foundation that will leave skin dewy, glowing and utterly flawless. If you can’t wait until then, try applying a hydrating moisturiser like Embryolisse under your foundation to give a dewy look, then lightly powder down your T-zone for a satin-like finish.
At the New York shows, we spotted Juice Press just about everywhere we looked – but London brought a quad of health-boosting drinks to the table. Vita Coco’s ever-popular Coconut Water was hydrating models left, right and centre, while at Temperley London the new collection of skin-loving drinks from Beauty & Go were there to provide radiance and vitality from the inside out. Oh, and then at Preen, Botantic Lab offered a fashion refuel courtesy or its cold pressed activated charcoal drink Isotonic 1 – the perfect prescription to restore inner balance.
Whether it was painterly stripes of liner across the lids at House of Holland and Jean Pierre Braganza or the brush stroke nail art at DAKS, London showed us it’s time to get creative with our make-up application. The best part? All you need is an eye make-up brush and a pot of black liner or nail polish.
All that glitters
Following on from the sparking eyes at Rodarte and Carolina Herrera in New York, Val Garland used Q Tips and eyelash glue to attach little gold or silver sequins to the eyes of the ‘festival-loving’ Temperley London girl. Meanwhile at Sophia Webster, make-up pro Sharon Dowsett went the whole hog by creating a show-stopping look – she sprinkled the models entire faces with glitter, cleverly stick in place with a thin layer of Maybelline Baby Lips. Perhaps not one to recreate on point, but interpret it on your eyelids for festival – or party – season and you’re on to a winner.
Windswept and wonderful
It’s time to embrace your organic, natural hair – windswept and all. Hair guru Anthony Turner rough dried the hair at Margaret Howell to get air into the roots, followed by a sprinkle of L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art Pli Fresh Dust to add body and volume. It was then loosely gathered into a messy, haphazard bun and finished with two thin headbands, criss-crossed with hair pulled through the gaps. Later in the day at Topshop Unique he was at it again, styling the hair of next season’s ‘outdoorsy’ girl who heralds a mixture of sophistication and effortlessness – and it’s all thanks to the power of multiple hairdryers to create a ‘thatch of thick tresses’. Think windswept, weathered and wild, but beautiful all the same.
Here come the wigs
Judging by the sheer quantity of extensions, wigs and winges (fake fringes), autumn/winter 2015 is set to be a season of radical hair change – from boyish trims to choppy finishes. It was the defining feature at Sibling, where black, punk-inspired wigs and mohawk hair pieces were crimped at random. One for the more eccentric, yes, but the finished look was pretty incredible.
Tonal, bronzed and healthy. What more could you ask for? Warm skin is the way to go next winter and earthy make-up hues are your secret weapon. We’re talking brown lipstick, mossy shadow and everything in between – dabbed onto the cheeks, the brow bone and the lids. Burberry’s make-up maestro Wendy Rowe used an earthy, sun-kissed palette of smoky shades to give models a fresh-faced glow.
The £1 hair clip EVERYONE wants (and can have)…
That’s right, at JW Anderson Hair Stylist Anthony Turner completed the look in record time (5 minutes to be exact), and it was all thanks to an old school plastic hair comb from Poundland. Yep, you read that right. ‘The quicker you do it, the better it looks,’ he explained backstage while scraping the hair back, twirling it and securing in place.