Yes, London Fashion Week was a whirlwind of amazing outfits but TBH we're still reeling over the makeup looks (we are the beauty dept, after all). Industry leaders Val Garland, Pat McGrath, and Guido Palau brandished their makeup brushes and blowdryers backstage at all of our favorite shows and now we can't wait to try every concept.
Morning-after makeup popped up at several shows, including Shrimps, Ryan Lo, Christopher Kane, and Sophia Webster, who all followed the call of the disco ball with glitter and glimmer. The up-all-night theme continued at Topshop, Erdem, and Clio Peppiatt, where hairstylists used products to give locks a lived-in, sweaty sheen. Perfect for a night in your dancing shoes, then.
A recurring theme that we're particularly pleased about was the celebration of individuality. As legendary hairstylist Sam McKnight said backstage at Roland Mouret, "individuality is key – I don't want an army of girls, I want something modern." Generally, hair and makeup was tailored to each girl, with eyeshadow colors, lipstick, and glittery false eyelashes being selected based on personality and look, opposed to fixed allocation. As makeup artist Lucy Burt put it, "Fashion week has changed so much in the last year; we're dealing with every model as an individual. We’re developing a wardrobe of colors and gradients that suit, so every girl looks beautiful. It’s not just a uniform for every single person". Can we get an 'Amen'?
Here's to next season beauty, where late nights, individuality, and fun reigned supreme. Click through to see our favourite looks from the shows, and how to recreate them.