While seeing the clobber we’ll all be wearing next winter is all sorts of fun – stripes and tartan prints, anyone? – nothing tickles our beauty pickle quite like a load of new makeup looks. And what better place to pick up some beauty bag inspo than London Fashion Week? From Burberry’s (almost) barefaced beauties to Huishan Zhang’s statement smackers, here are our favourite LFW looks. Extra points if you get involved and swap your matte lip for a high-shine lacquer right about now.
They might look more summer than cold-weather makeup, but two-toned eyes are set to be BIG news if Peter Pilotto’s show was anything to go by. In rainbow shades, the one rule is that anything goes, so mix and match your favourite shadows and you’ll be onto a winner. For longer-lasting power, try layering a cream eyeshadow under a powder shadow, and use concealer on your lids first to keep the pigments in place. A slick of lip balm and a subtle blush on cheeks and the job is done.
Always one of the most hotly anticipated fashion week tickets in town, Burberry has become a bastion of barefaced beauty. Makeup artist Wendy Rowe says, ‘It’s not about creating matte or glowing skin, but the tone and texture that’s right for you.’ Great news if you’re anything like us and end up more ‘sweaty’ than sexy when you try to create dewy skin. Start with a lightweight base, which lets imperfections shine through, brush brows into place and lightly fill them in, then add a little sheer lipstick before touching up with powder for a matte finish.
We weren’t surprised to see a vampish look from Huishan Zhang, who’s famed for his ultra-feminine frocks. While makeup was barely there – glowy skin, a solitary coat of mascara on upper lids and brushed-up brows – it was the statement red lips that got our attention. Not matte like seasons past, these were high gloss, high shine, high impact – designed to pop against an all-black palette. Prep and perfect skin, skipping face powder – you want natural highlights – then add a little brow powder or pomade and layer on a lip lacquer.
It’s one of our go-to looks, so long live the feline flick! At Molly Goddard it was centre stage, peeking out of side-swept, super-straight hair. Why? The direction the makeup artists were given was ‘effortless in a glam way’. So how will we all be wearing our cat’s eyes come winter? Super-graphic, quite tough and linear, and, yup, that means no mascara. The only other things you need? Picture-perfect skin and a little nude lip liner and lippy.
While no makeup makeup will always be a thing on the catwalk – those designers want to show off their clothes, after all – makeup artist Lynsey Alexander served up a new take on the trend at Mary Kantrantzou. While foundation was barely there, cheeks were flushed just a little, and a pale, silvery shadow pressed into the corner of the eyes and across the Cupid’s bow to create heavenly highlights. Finished off with brows that were brushed into place and a little balm on lips, this look is super-easy to recreate.