As backstage beauty reporters, our main job – aside from scouring the room for models to do Boomerangs for us / eyeing up the catering etc – is to speak with the world's greatest beautifiers about the look for the show, how it came to be, and how they're executing it. And in doing so, we inevitably build up a bank of tips straight from the pros. Here are some pearls of beauty wisdom we've picked up backstage at the SS17 shows that are worth sharing.
Wash This Way
Do you live in a big city? Then listen up. Backstage at Burberry, bona fide hair legend Sam Mcknight gave us this piece of advice: 'Once you've finished washing your hair in the shower, do a final rinse with a bottle of mineral water.' Why? Because generally the water in most urbanised areas in the UK, most notably London, has what is called 'hard water', which has a higher mineral content (especially in calcium and magnesium carbonates) than 'soft water.' Hard water can make your hair feel drier and duller, whilst soft water leaves it, well, softer. Try it for yourself and see if you notice a difference.
Make Glitter Childs Play
It was a big trend for AW16, and it's safe to say grown up glitter is here to stay for SS17 too. Although all the looks have been different, there's been one key trick uniting them all – from the DKNY glitter bomb mouths to Giamba's silver stamps – and that's good old fashioned sellotape. Turns out, it's the only way to keep glitter exactly where you want it. If you brush it, it'll just move about or get stuck in the hairs. If you sponge it, similar thing.
Backstage in Milan, Keri Blair brought unicorn holographic nails into our lives and we will never look back. Not for any specific show, these were just her own works of nail art. And they rocked our world.
So how on earth do you create nails more hypnotic than a lava lamp?
1. You get your hands on some holographic powder (Keri got hers from Wildflowers, which ships worldwide).
2. You choose your colour of gel polish you want to unicornify.
3. Once gel base colour is in place, you take a makeup sponge and buff the holographic powder over the top.
4. Seal it in with a non-tacky gel top coat.
5. Final coat of hard gel topcoat to lock it in place.
Granted that sounds a little out of our usual mani-whilst-watching-Gogglebox remit. So we'll be buying the powder and taking it with us to our next manicure appointment.
Backstage at Emilio Pucci, James Pecis showcased a clever trick for polishing up the girls natural curls for a more defined – but still really natural - finish. 'I have around 7 tongs in my kit at any given time,' he explained; 'when you define curls you need to go with the individual curl pattern of your natural hair and for this you need the right tool.'
Do this by letting your hair dry naturally without any product, and then take each curl – be it corkscrew or loose – and choose a wand size that fits snugly into the inside of it. Then, rather than wrapping the whole piece around it at once, work down in sections following the natural movement. The result? Your hair only better.
Graphic Eyes Made Easy
A well-known hack when perfecting winged eyeliner is to dip a cotton bud into micellar water to define the flicks, tweaking them to look like twins, not distant cousins. Well, backstage at Phillip Lim in New York, Francelle Daly took the same technique but created an entirely different look by using the cotton bud to chop off the edges of the liner in both the inner and outer eye, for a graphic effect. Cool eyes made easy.