The backstage beauty lowdown at LFW

Embellished eyes

There was one make-up style in particular that stood out and cemented itself as an emerging beauty trend – embellishment. Lots of it graced Burberry’s catwalk. A departure from Burberry’s usual minimalistic chic, this year at London Fashion Week, Christopher Bailey presented flashes of sequins, which called for something a bit more Bowie-esque.

Backstage at Burberry, the make up master that is Wendy Rowe, gave us glitter fallout as she dusted models’ cheeks and under eyes with tons of sparkle. “The glitter tears that are happening on the runways at the moment are really cool,” says Lou Teasdale, ELLE UK’s special hair and makeup correspondent. The key to the look of the Burberry girl is to not be too meticulous about it, the secret too success here lies in a haphazard application. For best results, apply an eye cream to form a base for the glitter to stick too, follow by applying holographic glitter all over the lid. This can be achieved either with a simple glitter shadow, or alternatively step out your comfort zone and dust on some loose glitter flexes. According to Rowe, “If it drops onto the cheekbone, that’s a great thing. It needs to feel effortless”. What’s important is to keep the rest of the skin and the lips pared-back; a cool complexion is vital so the eyes attract as much attention as they are worthy of.

House of Blue

Blue eyeshadow is making a comeback…this week we spied LFW feeling blue and it was the eyeshadow that really caught our attention. Bolts of electric blue slashed across the lash line at Jonathan Saunders made a striking statement on the runway, while a flash of turquoise and sapphire hues smeared across the lid at Mary Katrantzou for a aquamarine effect, proved there are many different ways to wear this look and I’m obsessed. Nothing illustrates the resurgence of the eighties more so than the blue eyes. The modern update of blue-eyed beauty sees a departure from nude peepers; its time to experiment with the spring offering the beauty world has to offer.

The trick for making the trend modern? Make sure you depart from overly pearlised shadows, as it’s scarily reminiscent of your first teenage foray. A top tip: experiment with blue in the inner corner: using a small angled eyeshadow brush in the tear duct area, as well as a little over and under, here the colour evenly widens the eye area to provide you with a bright eye area. If you’re fearful of sporting such bright hues, never fear- there are subtle ways to wearing this flattering trend. I’d recommend sweeping a sheer wash of powder blue to give you a more subtle, pastel take on this eighties comeback, and when it’s eighties revival, it’s a yes from me.

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