LFW 2016 beauty review

London Fashion Week 2016 established the crazes that will dominate the season in terms of beauty. An eclectic array of colours, shapes and textures were to be seen across the board: however the season’s beauty seems to be concerned with a fresh, low coverage base.

Foundations are being swapped for tinted which allow the model’s complexions to shine through with a ‘barely-there’, beautiful glow. Moreover, the concern for contour and accentuated features has been abandoned in favour of the natural look. Bushy, feathery brows were seen everywhere, whilst the sharp contour, which has been so popular in past seasons, has been exchanged for a dewy blush instead. There were a few shows in particular where the artist’s choice of techniques particularly stood out.

This look makes wacky appear elegant, and is probably my favourite look from the season

Ashish stole the show at LFW with their simple, artistic sequin beauty. Brightly coloured sequins were the feature to their model’s bare faces, only made to look dewy with a hint of the right base. This look makes wacky appear elegant, and is probably my favourite look from the season

Vivienne Westwood took a more daring approach. Their bold brows are resonant of Westwood’s own drawn on ones, and they harshen the features of the model, reflecting the general theme of Westwood’s clothing line. The asymmetry of the look was confusing if you looked too closely, however the impact of the appearance ensured that the show remained in the minds of its audience.

AF Vandervorst attempted to resurrect the grimy, 80s grease look with their model’s hair giving the impression to almost be falling out. This however worked in favour of the line, as the model’s intentionally undone look accentuated the chic fabrics and bold colours of the clothing. The choice of colour is somewhere in between rave age 90s England and dodgy Halloween makeup, yet somehow working against the models’ features, softened by a pale, understated base free of the contour and highlight which dominated the faces of last season’s models.

I adore the pastel blue into tinted white brow hairs and white eyeliner, which stands out against a, once again, glowing, understated complexion

Chanel’s look embodies the season’s obsession with the bushy brow. The large rim of eyeshadow pulls the focus away from the understated eyelashes to the model’s feathery brow, the look many of us aim for in our everyday routine. I adore the pastel blue into tinted white brow hairs and white eyeliner, which stands out against a, once again, glowing, understated complexion.

Alexander Mcqueen’s models resembled Snow White-esque princesses, all seemingly made to look so pale that they glowed against the egg-shell fabrics which much of the line consisted of. Again the naturally bushy yet defined brow is the focus of the face, whilst a hint of blusher and a pink nude lip renders the look simply beautiful and unexpectedly striking.

It’s safe to say the looks scene at LFW 2016 were full of variety, ranging from natural beauty to some more daring, experimental looks. This large number of contrasting looks and the embrace of all things au natural makes it seem as though high-fashion beauty may be moving away from the completely unattainable, which must come as a breath of fresh air to us all.

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