7 Hacks We Learnt Backstage at London Fashion Week
It’s no surprise that backstage is the place to discover new beauty hacks. With upwards of 40 girls at some shows, the makeup and hair teams have to turn around the models’ looks quickly and often in a cramped, hot and stressful space before it’s lights up. So finding quick and easy shortcuts becomes imperative to a smooth-running backstage experience for the pro teams and the girls, because whatever happens backstage the show must go on. Keep scrolling for the beauty hacks we learnt that will make your real life beauty routine easier.
It’s easier to apply glitter than you would have thought. “I’m scribbling Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm (£3) onto eyelids and pressing the glitter on top,” explained Lucy Burt backstage at Markus Lupfer.
At Daks, makeup artist Maria Comparetto used eyeliner as a lip pencil.
Mousse is back. Syd Hayes used L'Oréal Paris Studio Pro Curve It Curl Mousse (£3) at Julien Macdonald. He saturated the hair with the mousse before using a diffuser on a high heat with a low speed to tease out a natural wave without the need for tongs. This combination speed dries the hair while minimising the chances of frizz—always a good thing.
Also at Julien Macdonald, manicurist Jenny Draper used eyeliner for a quick and easy take on a French manicure.
At Marques’Almeida, Terry Barber and his team were ramping up a bright eyeliner with neon pigment for a look that really popped. “Use a wax-based eye pencil to draw the line then press pigment onto the line using a brush, the wax in the pencil will help the loose pigment stick,” Barber told Byrdie. Try MAC Chromagraphic Pencil (£14) in High-Def Cyan and layer with Pigment (£16) in High-Def Cyan.
Also at Marques’Almeida, manicurist Sophy Robson had invented a whole new nail art technique for the show: acid wash. To re-create the look, paint your nails with a fruity hue (pink or peach). Once dry, using a piece of scrunched up cling film dab a darker pink or peach on top and leave to dry. Now repeat, but this time dab on a dark polish in black or navy. Finish with a clear top coat.
Graphic eyes are big news for autumn. If you want to nail a winged smoky eye, Val Garland (who masterminded the Julien Macdonald look) suggests using a black pencil liner to trace the shape. By looking into a mirror from a distance you can ensure both eyes are even. Backstage, cotton buds dipped in makeup remover are used to neaten lines and remove any mistakes. Once you have the outline you want, simply fill in with black pencil and layer with shadow for a long-lasting graphic eye.
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