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Cara Santana On How to Wear 3 Catwalk Looks IRL

Cara Santana is the L.A.-based influencer and actress who co-founded The Glam App, and as such, she embodies what it is to be a woman with a “slash career.” It was during our beauty shoot that I realized to do it all you need to maximize every moment of your working day. Our shoot was meant to start at 2 p.m., but by 2 p.m., we had already shot the first look, and Cara was back in the chair having glitter applied. We were finished by 2:30 p.m., officially making it the quickest shoot I’ve ever done. “I don’t like to waste time,” Santana told me. Not only that, but she was a dream to work with. What this proves is that, while fashion week makeup can look daunting, you can re-create most looks pretty quickly and make them wearable for real life. 

Santana was in town to attend London Fashion Week, where I’d tasked her with finding her favorite beauty looks to re-create. We both quickly realized that the S/S 18 season is shaping up to be all about the eyes. From bold pops of color and unapologetically fierce winged liner to glitter and gloss, the eyes have it. So we focused on that. It’s refreshing, since lips have dominated the catwalks (and our Instagram feeds) for so many seasons. Santana called on makeup artist Bianca Spencer, who you can book for yourself via The Glam App, to do her makeup. 

Here are the three looks you can create in the blink of an eye, plus Spencer’s tips for how to do them at home.

Rust Glossat Preen

Cara Santana LFW Beauty Looks - Rust Glossat Preen
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I would wear this on the red carpet to make a statement or around the holidays for an extra pop. Rust suits everyone.

Get the Look

Makeup artist Bianca Spencer used MAC’s Lip Pencil ($19) in Chicory, which she blended into the eyelids using MAC’s 252 Large Shader Brush. Using a buffing brush (we love Bobbi Brown’s Eye Sweep Brush, £26), she buffed a little of the pencil onto the lips too. She then layered MAC Lip Conditioner ($18) onto the eyelids to create that sheen.

Bold Blue at House of Holland

Cara Santana LFW Beauty Looks - Bold Blueat House of Holland
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This? I would wear this out to a fun party!

Get the Look

Spencer chose the MAC Chromagraphic Pencil ($19) in High Def Cyan to re-create the House of Holland eye. She used MAC’s 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush to blend, buff and soften the edges.

Glitter Strobingat Ralph & Russo

Cara Santana LFW Beauty Looks - Glitter Strobingat Ralph & Russo
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A little glitter spices up a minimal makeup routine—I would wear this anytime with a nude face. 

Get the Look

For this, Spencer used Inglot Duraline ($13) to fix the glitter. She applied and just applied a little LA Splash Crystallized Glitter in Thistle to the inner corners of the eye using a cotton bud. She then blended the glitter along the lower lash line, fading out as she went.


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