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Backstage Beauty Brief: Erdem, Christopher Kane, and More from London Fashion Week

London fashion week is officially a wrap, but before we say "Cheerio" to that city and "Buon giorno" to Milan, let's check out some of the beauty looks from Erdem to Preen and everything in between. Proceed, but please mind the gap.

We’re spending the month skulking around backstage at some of the hottest (and coolest) shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris to bring you the best beauty looks, new products, and gossipy tidbits that we pick up in our travels.

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Hair (Sam McKnight for Pantene): “Punk couture is how I’d describe it,” said McKnight. To recreate this spiky chignon, simply follow his lead by working loads of volumizing mousse into your hair before rough drying and finger-combing it back into a bun just below the crown. Oh, and be sure to leave the ends loose and scrunch the bun to really muss it all the way up.

Makeup (Hannah Murray for MAC Cosmetics): “Think PVC beauty accents,” said Murray. Some girls were given a black lip with MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil, and the others, a black eye (not in that way, obviously) with MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack and MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

Nails (Marian Newman for MAC Cosmetics): Now here’s an interesting way to double up on nail color: Three were painted black (MAC Nocturnelle); the other two, fuchsia (MAC Girl About Town). “She’s meant to look like a real girl, sort of effortless,” said Newman. “Like she was playing with two nail polishes while watching TV, trying to decide which was the right one.” And then she couldn’t decide which color she liked more so she rushed out of the house with both colors still on? Got it.

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Hair (Johnny Engstrom for L’Oreal Professionel): Free-spirited 90s skater girls served as the inspiration for this ultra laid-back look. Engstrom sprayed each model’s roots with L’Oreal Techni.Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo, and the rest of their strands with L’Oreal Techni.Art Volume Architect Thickening Blow Dry Lotion to give the hair extra oomph. From there, he tightly twisted small sections of each girl’s hair around his finger, winded it down to the scalp, and secured it with a clip. Once the entire head was finished, he blasted the hair with a heat to help set the style. To finish, he released the clips and finger-combed the coils into loosely tousled ‘sexy two-day-old waves.’

Makeup (Mel Arter for Max Factor): In keeping with the easy, breezy, girlish grunge theme, the face was pretty pared-down. To even out each model’s skin, she used Max Factor’s forthcoming CC Cream (launching in the UK in April), a dab of brown lip liner and clear gloss on their eyelids to add a bit of texture and dimension, and a bit of light pink blush just below the apples of the cheeks to create a slightly blustered wintery-chill flush. Arter punched up each girl’s pout with a matte red lip—she filled in the entire mouth with Elixir Lip Pencil in Ruby Tuesday and layered Flipstick in Gipsy Red on top.

Nails (Zarra Celik for Max Factor): Almost nude, but not. Cilik used Max Factor Glossfinity in Midnight Bronze; it gives the nails a muted metallic finish that’s simultaneously subtle yet still stand out.


Hair (Luke Hersheson for L’Oreal Professionel): Minimalism was the name of this mane game—hair blown stick-straight with a sharp center part and secured super low on the nape of the neck made for one slick, austere style. He finished each look by misting the base and the pony with L’Oreal Techni.Art Crystal Gloss and palming L’Oreal Mythic Oil on top to kick the shine up a few extra notches.

Makeup: Slept-in smudgy brown eyeliner topped with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for a gorgeous glossy finish.

Nails (Jenny Longworth for Revlon): At first glance you'd think it was black, but no. She actually used Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Jungle—it’s a deep forest green that’s a refreshing twist on dark nail polish.

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Hair (Mark Hampton for Toni & Guy): Inspired by gang girls who’d consider themselves quite baaaaaaaaaaaad to the bone, he layered nearly an entire can of mousse and hairspray on each girl’s head to get it to this messy, molded, I-just-finished-fist-fighting state. (We felt bad for the hairstylist at each model’s next show—can you even imagine how much shampoo it took to get it all out?!)

Makeup (Sharon Dowsett for Maybelline New York): BB Cream, a slick of pink lip gloss and a whopping five—yes, FIVE—coats of mascara were all that was needed to create this fresh-faced, soft and dewy look.

Nails (Michelle Humphries for Maybelline New York): We’d guess that gang girls don't care too much about their nails, so she kept it simple (and masculine) with one coat of Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Latte followed by a matte topcoat.


Hair (Anthony Turner for L’Oreal Professionnel): ‘You, only better’ was the big idea here. Turner misted the hair with L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli Thermo-Fixing Spray before roughdrying and inserting a slightly crooked, natural center part to allow the hair to fall whichever way it may. To set, the roots were sprayed with L’Oreal Techni.Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo to give the hair a light, airy finish. The best part? The girls strolled down the catwalk with their natural hair texture, bringing the ‘be who you are’ theme full circle.

Makeup (Val Garland for Sunday Riley): Everything was kept super simple as far as skin and lips were concerned, but we loved Garland's intriguing take on graphic eyeliner. Every girl had something different; some sported pronounced X’s stroked at the corner of the eye, and others rocked long graphic lines above and below the eye with a diagonal perpendicular flick at the end. The epitome of avant-garde cool (yet still kind of wearable!)

Nails (Katie Hughes for butter LONDON): She custom blended two butter LONDON hues together to get this gorgeous fleshy pink—one coat of Tea With The Queen, followed by a coat of Pink Ribbon.


Hair (Luke Hersheson for L'Oreal Professionnel): Hersheson inserted a deep side part and molded their manes stick, stick, stick straight, thanks to L'Oreal Professionnel Tecnhi.Art Pli and lots and lots (and lots) of flat-ironing.

Makeup (Hannah Murray for NARS): Creepy, kooky and cool. The gorgeously gothic Wednesday Addams played beauty muse, and of course, extra big bold brows and soft smoky, sallow eyeshadow (blended all the way up to the brow) were to be expected. But supernaturally perfect dewy skin was not. To give models an 'iridescent moonlit' look, Murray applied NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to even out the complexion and camouflage trouble spots, then layered The Multiple in Copacabana on top (or wherever light naturally hits the face).

Nails (Katie Hughes for butter LONDON): Simple yet slightly ethereal, almost like "highlighter for your nails," said Murray. She custom-blended Pink Ribbon and Hen Party to create this pretty pinkish pearly hue.

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Hair (Guido Palau for Babyliss Pro): Palau took quite a hands-on approach--literally. Instead of blowing the hair out in small sections with a round brush, he rough dried hair with his hands to 'encourage their natural waves' (adding a bit of movement and texture with a Babyliss wand if their hair needed it), and fingering a center part so that it all looked much more effortless and individual.

Makeup (Lucia Pieroni for NARS): Faking flawless skin and enhancing each model's own natural beauty was made easy, thanks to Sheer Glow Foundation, Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate and Copacabana Illuminator. And what no makeup-makeup look would be complete without a pair of power brows? Oversize Cara Delevingne-esque sets made a strong appearance.