Best in Beauty: London Fashion Week Day Three

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Day three at London Fashion Week was an eclectic mix; exactly what we have come to expect from a city that thrives on eccentricity and individuality.

What London doesn't thrive on is bad transport. Sunday mornings (pre-7am, yep that time really does exist on a Sunday) public transport is pretty non-existent so I missed Preen, where there were Storm Troopers backstage (see, I told you this city can be eccentric).

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My first show, Margaret Howell, was altogether more predictable - a braid from Neil Moodie and a natural beauty look from Sam Bryant.

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The MAC AW14 Forecast Palette was out again and this time Bryant used three shades - Coquettish, Dusty Mauve and Crushed Cranberry - to pat onto lips and cheeks for a pretty flush.

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At Richard Nicoll Sharon Dowsett was creating a new take on liner, using Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On, a bronze hue, along with some masking tape and a small square brush to get a straight, angled, solid line.

A quick cab ride to Sophia Webster and I found myself back in the nineties. The theme was Heartbreak Hotel, the muses were Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton and the place was Beverley Hills.

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Nick Irwin used synthetic hair to create 12 bonkers hairstyles - it was a make believe world full of fabulous hair and even more fabulous shoes. Quite frankly I wanted to forget the shows and check in...

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After drawing myself away I met with ELLE beauty guru Lisa Eldridge who went for a graphic look at Temperley to balance out the ornate collection. A block of blue on the eyes made its mark; Sunday Riley primer, carefully applied concealer, invisible contouring and a slick of Sunday Riley Mona Lisa lipstick on the lips completed the look.

Hair hero Malcolm Edwards for Moroccanoil created a braided look as intricate as the embroidered gowns hanging in the next room. Quite possibly not a hairstyle we could recreate anytime soon but a girl can but dream...

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Loaded up on coffee and the next show was Topshop Unique where Hannah Murray was loading the lower lashlines with black kohl. Topshop's new cheek gels were blended onto the face, lower down, for a flush of colour. Clumpy upper lashes completed the look.

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Anthony Turner referenced 'delinquent school girls' when describing the hair. Using L'Oreal Professionnel Pli he blow-dried the hair smooth, so it was airy, not flat and ruffled the hair at the crown, 'she's been up to no good and tried to sort her hair and forgotten that one thing that will give her away,' he explained.

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Rosebud red lips, softened and blended, punctuated the look at Vivienne Westwood Gold label - a more wearable make-up look than we usually see from the grande dame of British fashion. Red Lipmix was applied to lips, before MAC red pigment was buffed on with a little shine mixing medium in the centre to give intensity.

Finally, Lisa Eldridge (one busy lady) was at Matthew Williamson, using pretty much every make-up product Benefit 'has ever invented'. 'My inspiration for this look is Angelica Houston,' Lisa told me. Pictures of Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger (from the Studio 54 era) were pinned to the wall for added inspiration. 'This is a different look for Matthew, he usually doesn't like a lot of make-up'.

Eldridge crafted a dark smoky eye and a chocolate lip using brown eye pencil and red lipgloss. 'I haven't done a glossy coloured lip in ages! I'm in the mood for gloss. It's winter, women should wear make-up in winter'.

Mark Hampton, for Toni & Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe, added drama to the look with a sleek centre parted ponytail restricted with 2 metres of black elastic wound round to secure it at the nape - quite the departure from the bohemian look we have come to expect from Williamson, we like.

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