Best in Beauty: London Fashion Week Day Five

Backstage Beauty from LFW Day 5

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By Amy Cavill

The fourth and final day of London Fashion Week kicked off with two great shows, with two very different beauty looks, showing just how diverse London and its fashion really is.

Simone Rocha was the first stop, showing at the Topshop Show Space in the Tate Modern this year. Amongst the backstage frenzy, models darted around with an interesting facial embellishment.

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“We used gold foil this season, to create a statement. I like to call it ‘Guerilla Make-up’”, lead make-up artist Sam Byrant for MAC explained. “The look is punky and raw with a hint of royalty”

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The rest of the make-up was simple, making the girls look like they were barely wearing any at all. BB cream was used as a base, and a hint of pink blush added for a subtle flush.

Adding a contrast to the girlish make-up, the hair had a messy tomboyish feel to it. Babyliss hairstylist James Pecis created unstructured braids, which were irregular and mismatched to avoid it looking ‘too perfect’

“It’s a rebellion from last season. We’ve had to break all the hairdressing rules.”

After a hop, skip and a jump across the river, Osman at Somerset house was the next stop, where Nick Irwin for TIGI talked us through how he created his ‘Bohemian traveller’ hairstyle.

“We used TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Mousse on dry hair to create a ‘lived-in texture’, and then created the shape by clipping the hair with crocodile clips – which also helped keep the face off and away from the hair. We wanted that ‘just-off the plane’, effortless style.”

The hair was kept simple to contrast the strong eyes created by Sharon Dowsett. Blue shadow was blended across lids, while gold liner was used on the bottom lids, complimenting the color scheme of the collection.

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