'' MYSTICAL MAKE UP AND BEAUTY: 21 September 2011 //


Fashion Week:LFW:House of Holland:House of Holland Backstage Beauty SS12

The makeup made more of a statement with the focus being the loud mouths. International makeup artist Lucia Pica, using MAC, told us the clothing was about "disco granny tweed!" so the makeup offered a contrasting look. The hot red lips were very defined but rounded and had a 3D effect thanks to the layering technique she used. First MAC Cherry lip pencil was applied, then the classic Ruby Woo lipstick, followed by a mixture of glosses on top to lend the look some youthfulness.
Nails weren't neglected. Cool nail artist Sophy Robson came up with "the new French" - a manicure that had dark tips going right down the side of each nail. The three colours sported by the girls were ‘neon orange patent', ‘dark blue patent' and ‘tiger stripes' - all matching the eclectic clothing that was displayed.

Paul Costelloe LFW SS12 Backstage Beauty

Backstage was teaming with fresh faced models (yep, at 8am on a Friday!) being made up by makeup artist Attracta Courtney using Bourjois.

To contrast the neural palette of the clothing collection the makeup was colourful with the focus being teal blue eyelids. It was achieved with the Bourjois Metallise Liner in #54 (drawn on all over the lid) with some of the 03 Powder Eyeshadow blended into in the upper socket. The eyes also had a fine sweep of upper eyeliner and spidery lashes. To get the effect three layers of the Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Mascara were applied.

The rest of the makeup was super simple - the Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation was the base (that'll disguise the hangovers then) with a flush of pink on the apples of the cheeks and the Sweet Kiss Lipstick in Rose on the mouth.
Nails were in keeping with the beautiful tone of the makeup. Manicure maestro Trish Lomax was on hand (literally) giving the girls the long almond-esque ‘stiletto' shape painted with the pastel shade Nice is Nice from Essie's St Tropez collection 
The hair at the show was a design Paul would be proud of. Tim Furssedonn with Toni & Guy, inspired by the collections 60s vibe (babydoll dresses a go-go), created a scrolled updo on the models. It was achieved by putting the hair into a high ponytail at the crown which was then set in rollers before being wound around in curls and sewn into place. A LOT of Label.m hairspray was used to keep it in and the Wax Stick to slick back baby hairs.

Fashion Week:LFW: Vivienne Westwood Backstage Beauty SS12

Make Up genius, Alex Box, created the make up for the show, whilst Malcolm Edwards created the hair. This makes for an extremely talented, creative pairing.
During Alex's demos of the looks, people look on in silence, occasionally catching each other's eyes and smiling. This is big make up, make up artists make up, something we can really get our teeth into, which is very exciting. It's colour, layering and technique, individualising the looks slightly for each models face.
It's fun to look at, and fun to do. It's like young girls wearing far too much make up but looking fantastic. Think peacock coloured eyes, with a Tequila Sunrise coloured cheek and you will get some idea of what Alex was trying to create.
If you know MAC colours you will recognise names such as Electric Eel, Bitter and Lime eye shadows, High Def Cyan or Process Magenta Chromaline, Devil, Salsarose or Azalea blusher, Bright Fuchsia or Acid Orange Pigment and the list goes on. It is bright floral colour palette with a softened and highlighted face, which made an effective ethereal contrast between the features of the face and the face itself. The cheeks are heavily contoured and it all just looks gorgeously exciting and over indulgent.
It's busy right from the word go as the hair and make up looks are big, there are always also a lot of press and photographers backstage too which along with the designers team, the models and the hair and make up teams combined make for an awful lot of people. It's too hot and too cramped but people are really being satisfied by the whole package. It's backstage at a Vivienne Westwood show, it's a place a lot of people would love to visit and we all know and appreciate that.

Fashion Week : LFW Backstage: Giles Deacon Backstage Beauty SS 12

The Inspiration : girls that have a red wine stained lip, flushed cheeks  and have been up all night snogging....
Natural skin - no foundation just concealer
Flushed cheeks - Russian Red Lipstick buffed lightly onto the apples of the cheeks with a #188 brush
Lips : a mixture of Brick + Burgandy lip pencils smudged onto the lips + faded with a cotton bud at the edges
Brows : brushed up

Joan Small's toes painted a dramatic tone of blood red.

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