LFW Backstage Beauty

LFW Backstage Beauty



It’s official: Fashion month is SS17 is here! We’re majorly excited about all the fashion, hair, makeup and FROW action. There’s nothing like the buzz of backstage and we’ve had a look at all the beauty trends that have been coming out onto the catwalk this season. From Topshop Unique’s Brook Shields inspired brows to Burberry’s bare faced beauty we’ve got a roundup of all our favourite looks so far!

PPQ kicked off on Friday with daring pops of colour on the lips of all the models. The girls wore a custom lilac shade created by Lord & Berry especially for the show that gave a gorgeous feminine look. Throughout the show the overall look was paired back beauty with a bold lip to contrast against the designs.

Bora Aksu was an utter frill fest! Look of the day was ultra feminine designs including ruffles, tulle and lace therefore it’s no surprise that the models’ makeup was very minimal and natural. With soft pink hues on the cheeks and barely there nude lipstick it was all very no makeup makeup. We’re obsessed with this look, anything to save an extra 10 minutes in the morning!

Julien Macdonald’s show had mega FROW action with Abbey Clancy, Ella Eyre, Tom Daley and Amber Le Bon all in attendance. Not to mention Hailey Baldwin opening and closing the show – AND it was held on a basketball court! The whole collection was pure glamour with cut outs, sequins and thigh high splits so it’s no surprise the makeup was equally as glamourous. They had dark smoky eyes with a bright highlight in the inner corners with plenty of smudgy liner. The skin was super dewy with a bronzey glow and a nude gloss on the lips. Not forgetting lashings of body oil!

Also presenting on Saturday was House of Holland which had a strong makeup look for the show. The skin was flushed and dewy, with heavy black liner applied to the lower lash line and top lashes coated with mascara. Lips were nude and brows left untamed. Backstage was full of spray tan booths as the models were dusted with St Tropez Instant Dark tan before stepping out.


Emilia Wickstead welcomed a touch of lightness with pretty, floral and delicate cottons. For this simple and floaty style the makeup look was very natural and elegant, with the purity of the skin being the main focus. The base was dewy and pale with a hint of colour on the cheeks, the lips a rosy pink and eyes bare.

Versus Versace saw Bella Hadid take centre stage (along with Gigi and Zayn in the front row to cheer her on!) The brand went all out rock chick with the show featuring biker leathers and ripped denim. The makeup was all about the eyes with grassy green lids and full, strong brows on some and bold eye popping colours on the lips for others.

Preen was all about whimsical beauty with the models embellished with delicate flowers down the sides of their faces. A festival of colour throughout the collection was also show with the addition of the flowers on the face, neck and chest, although underneath the face was bare with no makeup at all allowing the natural beauty to shine through.

Another big hit on Sunday was the Mary Katrantzou show. The makeup look was offset by the bold designs and a statement lip. Each model had a minimal and natural base with a stamped on mouth, in different fluoro-bright shades of bold orange, hot pink or tomato red.

Next on the list was Topshop Unique. The makeup artist behind all the magic, Hannah Murray, was inspired by Brooke Shield brows, wet-look eyes in a burgundy hue and 90s mink pink lips. Along with the 80s power hair, the look was done the model way with a soft and sexy finish.

Another designer that used a strong kohl on the lower lash line was Temperley London, created by the legendary Val Garland for Rodial. Along with the smoked out liner was a flawless, dewy base with the tiniest flush of colour on the cheeks. This elegant makeup look complimented the vibrant and fun collection.

So that’s the roundup of our favourite beauty looks from the Spring/Summer 17 so far and it seems this season we’ll be focusing on that perfect glowy skin and perfecting the art of sticking flowers on our faces! We’ll get practising’
Images sourced from Vogue.com, Elle.com and Topshop.co.uk.


FD Presents: New Season Edit

FD Presents: New Season Edit



As we start to move out of the summer months and further towards the dreaded winter, your beauty routine needs a bit of a transition too’ We’ve got some tips to make sure this season isn’t a windswept and bedraggled one.

Opt for a thicker hydrating moisturiser ‘ In the summer months we all want the minimal amount of product on the skin, fresh BB creams and light moisturisers tend to do the trick. However moving into autumn, your skin needs a bit more tlc. Opt for a thicker, protective cream to create a barrier against the elements. We recommend Elizabeth Arden First Defence Cream , it has the added bonus of SPF 15, as even in the darker months we still need to make sure we’re protected against the rays!

Counter redness with CC Cream ‘ In autumn skin can become generally just blotchier; central heating and cooler winds all contribute to this. In order to counteract the redness, go for a colour correcting CC cream to even out all levels of blotch. It will neutralise any unevenness in your skin tone and give you a healthy glow that will last all day. Try this Clinique Superdefense CC Cream.

Go for Braids ‘ Luckily for us braids are still all the rage at the moment as we transition out of festival style into the autumn weather. Braids are perfect for battling against the wind and rain, they tuck neatly under a hood, don’t blow around and get stuck on your lip gloss and best of all no need to worry about frizz! You can stuff any types of tresses into this style and keep it all under control with the classic L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray. Simple! Now you just need to get practising your halo braids, fishtail braids, French braids’

Brighten under eyes with concealer ‘ A major downside of the cooler months is that it can leave under eyes looking and feeling parched. The enhancement of the purple along with dry under eyes makes you look like you’ve had 0 hours sleep, not ideal. Make sure you pack on a super hydrating eye cream before bed like this one from Yes To Carrots to give a boost to the eye area. Next up you need a high coverage, pigmented concealer to banish those dark circles. Make sure you don’t pick a product that will go too cakey on the skin as this will just have a counter effect, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is perfect as is the right amount of dewy and coverage.

selection of seasonal beauty products

Don’t put away the highlighter ‘ Highlighter works perfectly with all our summer make up looks, but don’t pop that sheeny goodness away for hibernation just yet. It’s essential for keeping the complexion looking glowy and hydrated throughout the autumn/winter months. Think dewy glow rather than ice queen and opt for a cream or liquid based highlighter. It will instantly give skin a pick me up and make you look healthier. Go for this one from Technic to help you look like you are glowing from within!

Opt for a berry lip ‘ Once we hit September we start to see everyone move towards the warmer berry tones for the lips. Swap out the orange and pinky hues and go for a blue toned lip colour. A cooler light comes over in the winter months and you need a lipstick with a blue undertone to complement the skin much better. We recommend Chili from Mac Matte Lipsticks as it’s a gorgeous dark red that will suit all skin tones. When using darker lip colours though make sure you are using a good lip balm to counteract the inevitable chapped lip, a darker pigment will just show up dry and chapped lips even worse! These cute EOS lip balms are perfect for this and handbag friendly! Bonus!

Transition from bronzer to blush ‘ In the summer months we all swirl on the bronzer like it’s going out of fashion but come September/October you want to move onto a pop of blush on the apples of the cheeks. Inevitably our skin is paler in the winter months and you don’t want to be bronzing up so much you end up with a face that doesn’t match the rest of your body. Add a hint of pink to the cheeks to give you that fresh faced glow instead. We love this Bourjois Cream Soleil Blush.

The Messy Bun answers all your prayers ‘ It is the ultimate ‘throw it up’, guaranteeing an extra ten minutes in bed on these darker mornings, downpour proof, frizz proof and wind proof style. It will keep hair secure and any wispy tendrils that may happen to get blown about in the breeze just add to the ‘messy’ look you’re going for! Use a small tooth comb to back comb slightly and tease into the bun, this Opal Crafts Comb works perfectly.