London Fashion Week Fall 2012 Backstage Beauty

Corrie Nielsen

Over at Corrie Nielsen, Craig Taylor for Bumble & Bumble created a super-sleek modern updo on perfect contrast to all things Victorian, rolling the lengths of hair over a sponge and securing it in equestrian hairnets.  Paired with flawless milky skin and a brown/red lip colour-matched to a kilt in the collection, it was a match made in heaven.  Oh and let’s not forget the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G  face lace from Phyllis Cohen which launched at  It made for the prefect finishing touch.



PPQ’s collection was supremely cinematic and the beauty look was no exception. Hair Hero and Tigi Global Creative Director Nick Irwin sculpted 50’s-esque, vampy, cool young things with deep side parts and brushed-out tonging that followed the hairline in a look that was groomed but lived in. Makeup by Katie Hughes was matte, low key, yet fabulous with the sweet touch of a love heart on the apple of cheeks.  “All that these beauties need to go out is a sexy red lip – they’re already gorgeous,” she said. Meanwhile skin finishing expert James Read showcased a flawless, porcelain tan using the brand new tanning brand LDN Skins that had the beauty journos cooing.



In the busy backstage area at Aquascutum a beauty team of make up maestro Lucia Pieroni and hair hero Anthony Turner produced a 20-strong team of sultry, strong army girls.  Makeup was uber-luxe and super refined.  Geometric, square edged black liner made for a look that was cool and modern, while lips were left nude with MAC’s Fall Trend Lip Palette – Nougat and Classic Nude – patted onto model’s lips.  Hair stylist Anthony Turner worked to produce luxurious, youthful hair that had just enough volume to the roots and sleek, flat sides.


Mochino Cheap and Chic

The vibe at Moschino Chic and Cheap was fun, eclectic and somewhat of a makeup mashup inspired by super cool London school girls.  Session stylist Sam McKnight added dusty-rose twisted hair-bands to 60’s beehives, while makeup maestro Val Garland produced pretty, polished beauties. After applying the dusty rose MAC Vivid Pink Paintstick to mouths, a forefinger was used to pat copious quantities of MAC Pink Glitter onto mouths for a fabulous, 3D look.  “I’m bored of iridescent, perlescent products.  Instead I’m in love with full on glitter, matte skin and anything and everything in dusty rose,” said Val.


Sleepy Hollow Trend

The major trend noticeable at London Fashion week was the ‘sleepy hollow’ look created with a brown smoky eye. Over at Issa, the look was teamed with a Russian Doll/Bond Girl vibe, while at Giles, Lucia Pieroni blended MAC’s  Groundwork Paint Pot and Harvest cream eye shadow and applied them all around and under the eye, leaving rest of the face bare. To create a velvety eye over at Burberry, makeup arist Wendy Rowe used Burberry Beauty’s Dark Sable and Mulberry eye shadows for a soft, aged effect. Absolutely smokin’.



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