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LFW: THE AW14 BEAUTY TRENDS

21.02.14

It’s bright blue eyes vs invisible make-up and windswept locks opposing slick-back hairstyles. Here are the autumn/winter 2014 beauty trends translated...

(Models backstage at the Michael van der Ham show)

Backstage at as many London Fashion Week shows as we could get to this season, Reiss Live saw some pretty definite trends emerging. Many are continuations of spring/summer’s looks, which is handy as we’re nowhere near seeing sunshine yet and also generously means that we can hang onto that summery feeling when we head back into colder climes.

(Dove blue shadow at Michael van der Ham)

ALL ABOUT THE EYES

The most obvious trend in this camp was blue eye make-up. So refreshing to see for A/W. Electric blue flicks were seen at Temperley and lining the lower lashes at Giles, while cornflower blue was applied in a half moon shape on the top lid at Tata Naka and dove blue shadows swept the eyelids at Michael van der Ham. More autumnal shades were used on the eyes at other shows, from washes of mauve at Burberry to grungy green lines at Antonio Beradi. There are some shades for everyone.

(Barely there at Marios Schwab)

NO-MAKE-UP MAKE-UP

Colourful eyes seem to be the antidote to the ‘no-make-up make-up’ look that reappeared this fashion week. At Christopher Kane, Issa, Mark Fast and Marios Schwab models wore invisible makeup – hard to pull off if you’re not one of them. While we’re getting our heads around it for summer (a tan helps fiftyfold), for winter this look may be trickier. To channel the trend you need glow-giving products and a flush of blush for a cold winter’s day effect that’s pretty not painful.

(DAKS nail the trend)

AU NATURAL NAILS

A good way to tackle understated beauty is with your fingertips. Natural nails were seen at DAKS, Issa, Christopher Raeburn, Holly Fulton and at Marios Schwab where they used Nail Foundation which Butter London’s Katie Hughes described as a “BB Cream for nails”.

(Ethereal up dos at Erdem)

WEATHER-READY HAIR

The hair trends also felt somewhat divided. There was a lot of windswept texture – which is handy given our weather... This was obvious at Christopher Raeburn and Marios Schwab where hair was raw and lived-in and at Erdem the up-dos had a veil of strands loosely falling at the front of the face. Think ethereal and romantic rather than ‘just rolled out of bed’.

(Pony club at Holly Fulton)

SLEEK AND STRAIGHT

Those who rather their locks sleekly styled should dust off their ghds. Hair was slick back at Matthew Williamson, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton and David Koma while at DAKS and Michael van der Ham hair stylist Luke Hersheson left hair down and did “the new straight”. Forget the 90s, this time it’s all about day-after straight hair with an ease to it which we’re totally down with.

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