Want to be ahead of the game with your make up then look no further than the LFW catwalks from last week - here are some of the highlights with a mini ‘how to’ on each:
Hannah Murray created a wearable and accessible ‘good girl gone bad’ look for Topshop Unique.
Use a soft kohl pencil under the eyes and smudge along for a slightly messy look. For a more intense effect layer over a matte black eyeshadow. (use products from Topshop of course for this look)
Sam Bryant worked for MAC on the Michael Van Der Ham show - it’s not the obvious winter look but I loved the frosty take on pastels. Using Dove Blue and Cold Grey Shades it had a feminine 60s twist. The best product to achieve the eyes is a MAC pro longwear paint pot which comes in a few pastel shades including Clear Water and Antique Diamond which are both a wintery pastel colour (Aqua and Green respectively) found HERE
The phenomenon that is Val Garland created this mussed up quintessentially English beauty look using MAC lipmix in Crimson. Vivienne Westwood Red Label wouldn’t feel right without a striking red lip. To get the ‘just kissed’ look buff the lipmix onto the lips rather than applying with a brush so that it’s not too precise - you can blend out the edges with a soft pointed eyeshadow brush such as Number 219. To add intensity to the red cab a little MAC pigment in Magenta Madness onto the centre of the lips.
The incredible Lisa Eldridge created this nod to 70s glamour (perhaps it was inspired by the recent success of American Hustle and the phenomenal make up and hair looks seen on Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence) for Matthew Williamson on behalf of Benefit. Make sure you use a very glossy burnt red lipgloss to finish the look and a mixture of eyeshadows with a metallic shimmer in them to add to the glamour. Apply a sweep of pigment under the lower lash as well as on the eyelid and finish with a pinky bronze blusher (and lots of it).
Terry Barber created this graphic statement eye for Jean-Pierre Braganza’s show - the look highlighted the edgy, rock and roll clothing.
Using a good liquid eyeliner such as MAC’s penultimate eyeliner HERE make sure you have a steady hand and create this look by lining your eye and then adding floating lines to create the dramatic and graphic look. The best thing about this is that there are no rules and you can do the floating lines in a different way every time.
Another wintery pastel look but Wendy Rowe created more of a smoky haunted eye for Burberry’s AW14 show. Using mulberry shades from Burberry’s Complete Eye Palette the soft mauve eye was achieved. A great alternative can be found from Illamasqua - try Creep and inception together HERE or MAC’s paint pot in Frozen. Use your fingers for a soft, romantic look and pat a nude pink lipstick onto the lips.
Lucia created a dual eyeliner look that is easily replicated. The look is a punky, cool girl - using a dense black eyeliner and a highly pigmented aqua blue colour eyeliner. Apply the black pencil to the eyelid smudging and blending with a brush and add a slick sweep of the bold colour on the lower lash line and flick outwards. Try MAC’s hi-def chromagraphic eyeliner in for the blue Cyan colour and Benefit’s BAD GAL for the black smudgy line.
Another rebellious look here was seen at House Of Holland - an elongated smoky eye was created by Lucia Pica with a gap left on the bottom lash line to create an edgy look with plenty of attitude. Use an eye pencil in a dark blue or grey and a creamy dark eyeshadow such as MAC paint pot in Blackground - create a halo of colour with the cream shadow and using one of the pencils intensify and elongate at the edges.
Lucia Pica created a feminine soft look for Roksanda Ilincic which complimented the colours of the clothes perfectly. Peach is a colour that suits a range of skin types - using the same shade on the eyes and cheeks looks fresh and modern and is also fuss free which we love. Lucia used three MAC Pro blushes in sculpt, shades and warm light and a paintpot in groundwork on the cheekbones and the eyes. Make sure that you blend with a good contouring brush and sweep the darkest shade underneath your cheekbones. All products found HERE
The fun feminine colour block eyeliner created for Temperley should be tried out this Spring - I love this aqua blue and it is a simple look to be recreated. You can also mix it up and use other colours that suit your skin tone.
Using a long wearing colour such as Kryloan Aquacolor Plus in Blue (like Lisa Eldridge used at the show) or Barry M’s liquid eyeliners in Electric Blue or Turquoise. MAC costmetics also have a fun range of colourful liquid liners HERE there is no reason not to experiment. Buff a nude eyeshadow onto the lid first and keep lips simple and nude.
For more information go to ELLE’s beauty page