Live from London Fashion Week

With hot young British designer Todd Lynn and No 7 make-up teaming up for the first time – they have high profile make-up artist Lisa Eldridge at their helm – Monday morning’s show was one to watch.

ELLE’s Beauty Assistant Georgia Collins was backstage with this report:

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‘Post-apocolyptic, sand-swept Mad Max was the inspiration behind the look at Todd Lynn for SS10. Using varying shades of brown, beige and biscuit, Lisa Eldridge and her team created a tribe of wandering nomads. “Taking the desert as my inspiration, I’ve given the models sun-bleached skin using a natural base, which has been powdered, contoured and defined with light, tawny taupes,” she said.

Around the eyes, shades of taupe and burnt bark were softly blended and layered with shimmer powders to create a “bruise” of colour. To add the subtlest of definition, Lisa smudged Amazing Eyes Pencil in black (£7.50, by No 7) along the models’ lash lines and dotted Extravagant Lashes Mascara in black (£12, by No 7) right at the roots of their lashes.

Dusty matte bronzer buffed horizontally across cheekbones and noses to mimic the effect of windburn completed the look. “It's all about layering,” concluded Lisa. “I used powders, highlighters and luminous textures to create a very polished, minimalist look with an edgy modern twist.”’

Lesson learned: Simple foundation is still not enough – contouring, highlighting and building up sheer veils of colour on skin is an important trend this autumn-winter – and it’s going to be big next season, too.

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