Fashion Week Australia is officially done and dusted, but we're still in backstage beauty mode. Though we'll have to wait months to shop the incredible clothes and accessories seen on the runway, it's never too soon to experiment with the week's best hair and makeup trends. While they're a big deal for spring, there's no reason you can't get amongst right now. In fact, adopting a fresh beauty look is clever way to pep up your winter wardrobe. From a contemporary take on classic red lips, to gorgeous grown-up hair accessories, it's all very doable at home.
(So no need to take a class in advanced braiding this year then.)
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Red lips have been around for eons, but to nail this spring's contemporary feel, there are a few points to note. Whether you prefer opaque coverage and a matte finish à la Bec & Bridge, love the glossy texture seen at Michael Lo Sordo, or you're all about a deep stain as worn by models at Steven Khalil, keep the skin clean and fresh, and eyes minimal. A few swipes of mascara and a dab of highlighter is fine—aim for natural-looking definition, not "glam".
Blame it on an obsession with all things blush (see: Millennial Pink and frosé) because girly hues are still everywhere. This season, it's all about creating a monochromatic look for a sophisticated, not saccharine, feel. Nigel Stanislaus of Maybelline created a "blush fantasy" at C/MEO Collective, telling us it was inspired by "being on vacation in the country, well-rested and in love". Swoon. Using the same colour on eyes and cheeks means you only need one product to do your whole face. Go for a multi-shade palette to customise your perfect pink.
(Try Smashbox's Soft Lights Baked Fusion Starblush, $46.) Again, it's not about channeling the sexy, so go easy on the mascara and skip a liner altogether.
Soft, focus colour showed up on models' lids at a few shows, prompting us to reconsider the wearability of out-there options, such as chartreuse and lavender. MAC makeup director Carol Mackie talked us through the look she created for Bianca Spender and stressed dialling down the intensity of brights for a translucent finish: "To create this look we mixed together opaque-coloured creams with flat white to make custom matte cream shadows, which helped cut the depth of colour," she said. (To DIY, try a creamy formula that can be sheered out, like MAC's Paint Pots, $35.) Shade-wise, choose a complementary hue to your eye colour, (see here for ideas), and let your individual eye shape guide the placement.
Anything from an angelic halo effect to a see-through tint is A-OK.
"Individuality" was the beauty buzzword of the week, but it made the greatest mark in the hair arena. Backstage at C/MEO Collection, Evo hair director Lauren McCowan told us the look was: "very much about heroing the individual". Some models had their hair twirled into easy buns, but the focus was on a select few who were groomed to look like the best versions of themselves. "It's about making the most of what the models have instead of forcing their hair to do something it doesn’t want to do," McCowan said.
Sounds good, right? No matter your unique hair texture, condition is key, so stock up on nourishing products like this reparative pre-styling primer ($30).
ALL OVER GLOW
If there was one thing almost every show had in common, it was natural-looking skin. There wasn't a skerrick of foundation in sight (it was there—just not visible), and chiseled cheekbones were noticeably absent, too. The overarching trend was instead an all over luminescence, created by first infusing skin with radiance-boosting products, then spot concealing. (FYI, this technique is very French, which is possibly why Lancôme refer to it as the "Parisian glow".) Makeup artists added believable highlights as a finishing touch, opting for glossy creams instead of powders.
At Sass & Bide, makeup director Lara Srokowski customised Éclat Miracle ($57), a pearl-based luminiser, spiking it with gold or bronze according to the model's skin tone. The result was a second-skin effect akin to being bathed in candlelight.
If you can't wrap your head around wearing your hair as is, this elevated styling trend may appeal to you. Backstage at Anna Quan, hair director Byron Turnbull talked us through creating "structural but effortless" styles—an option for those who don't love their natural air-dried texture. The show featured a trio of looks, one of which was super-undone: "she's the girl who's done her hair herself," Turnball said. Our favourite though, was a nostalgic rope braid. A nod to the '90s, it was an interesting play on the era's wet-look vibe created with a cocktail of products—Kevin.Murphy's Anti.Gravity ($39) and Hair.Resort.Spray ($40).
The perfect 'do to showcase a special accessory, it's easy to DIY. (Don't be fooled—you don't even need to know how to braid.) A top tip from Turnbull, if your hair jewellery is attached to a thick band (common when the accessory is heavy), wind the braid up under itself into a chignon-like shape to hide it, and pin in place.