Get ready for your close-up: we reveal backstage secrets for the most polished, luminous skin ever

Always prep the skin


If the shows so far are anything to go by, ‘High Definition’ make-up is set to be big news for next year. Touted as ‘hyper real’ and ‘3D’ – as well as HD – skin was more perfect and out-of-this-world than ever. Here are some High Definition hints and highlights, so you can get practising in time for spring:


Always prep the skin

At Charles Anastase and Ashish, make-up artists were trialling new essential skin oils by Mac. Before any make-up was applied to models’ skin, the girls were treated to mini facials. The result? A beautifully plump and dewy complexion even before foundation was applied. The oils are due to launch next year; in the meantime try Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate, £35.50 (pictured).

Buff don’t brush

To create HD-ready complexions, make-up artists were buffing in, rather than brushing on base. ‘It gives the complexion a more flawless finish,’ explained David Horne at Aminaka Wilmont, where he used a Flat Top Foundation Brush, £19.57 by Jemma Kidd (pictured) to work in the product. At Maria Grachvogal, artists were using larger buffing brushes by Le Metier de Beaute from Liberty – try these if you’re a ‘novice’ and don’t use a foundation brush already.

Give it some glow

Contouring was as big as ever, but for SS10 it’s going to be less about shading and more about gloss. The Mac artists couldn’t get enough of the MAC Pro Multi Purpose Gloss, £13 (pictured, available from the MAC pro store in Soho 0207 192 5555), but then as Andrew Gallimore at Erdem explained: ‘Using shine to sculpt builds cheekbones out, rather than sucking them in with dark shading, giving skin a plump, hyper real effect.’ And who can resist that?

Lighten up

Nichola Joss created ‘solarised’ skin on the models’ bodies at Roksanda Ilincic and Marios Schwab (pictured), using a pale pink- and lilac-infused iridescent cream from St.Tropez. Although the ethereal, almost alien-like look that ended up on the catwalk is too much for everyday, she assured me the cream will look beautiful dabbed on tanned shins and collarbones, once it’s out next year.

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