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Fashion Week moves across the pond, and the last 5 days on the runway proved to be the perfect amalgam of the British spirit: funky, but classy. From Central Saint Martin sending Donald Trump rubber masks made into stilettos and um, walking condoms to the understated elegance of Roland Mouret and Erdem, this juxtaposition was also present in the beauty looks. Here are the 4 trends we can’t wait to try.
All eyes on me
Photo: Instagram / peterpilotto
It’s clearly all about bold eyes come Autumn, as seen in New York and now, London. We can’t decide which we love more: Peter Pilotto’s complementary upper-lower eyelid dual eyeshadow, the subtle-but-bold silver highlights on the inner eyes as seen in Mary Katrantzou’s show or the go-all-out statement eyes of Halpern. To replicate, definitely opt for cream formulas (any palette by Natasha Denona will do) as they tend to have a stronger holding power compared to their powder counterparts, and consider using concealer as a primer instead.
House of Holland; Preen
Photo: Instagram / houseofholland; LFW Facebook
When it wasn’t about rainbow eyes and strong, bold red lips, beauty went in the complete other direction with a fresh faced look that would make the Koreans proud. Simone Rocha’s models aced the no makeup makeup look perfectly, while House of Holland and Preen clearly got the message on K-Beauty’s juicy makeup trend – think orange blusher and a glow that made models look as though Fashion Week stress did not exist. Achieve similar perfection by ensuring your skincare game is on point, and choose moisturisers and serums that have hyaluronic acid and vitamins A and C for that dewy, bouncy skin. Then, use a light BB or CC cream and let some of your natural complexion through, and finish with a quick smear of blush (we love 3CE’s Duo Colour Face Blush for this), and a sheer lip gloss as close to your natural lip colour. Did we mention how we are excited we are for the extra minutes of sleep this new trend is going to give us?
Natural hair texture
Fyodor Golan, Bora Aksu
Photos: LFW Facebook
With the body and skin positivity movement making such big waves in the recent years, it would not be a stretch to imagine it as the inspiration for beauty looks on the runway this year. Natural hair was also huge, as seen on the likes of Marta Hakubowski, Fyodor Golan and Bora Aksu. Come Autumn, give your curlers and straighteners (and that bit of your neck that you always accidentally burn) a break and swap them out for leave-on serums, dry shampoos and gentle hold sprays instead. Your morning routine could not get easier: sleep in a silk turban to prevent excessive frizzing, blast with dry shampoo when you wake, tame fly-aways with an anti-frizz serum and set everything with a quick spritz of holding spray.
Slicked back tidiness
Photo: LFW Facebook
If you’re not used to having so much hair everywhere (particularly if you’re blessed with thick locks), or your job requires a certain degree of presentability, then take a leaf out of David Korma, Delpozo and Toga’s books. Opting for a slicked back tidiness that would make Don Corleone proud, we like this as a tamer alternative to the wet hair look seen in New York. Part your hair as per usual and go for a low ponytail, slicking your roots down with a medium-shine wax. If your hair isn’t long enough, simply tuck everything behind your ears and hold in place with a couple of bobby pins, and use a spray wax if needed to tame any fly-aways. Smoothing down with your hands instead of a comb for a more natural look.
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