All the hottest beauty trends from Afterpay Australia Fashion Week 2021
Fresh off the runway
By Team BEAUTYcrew
June 04 2021
Remember how the first day back out in the real world after lockdown called for a fabulous beauty look? Because we actually had places to be, people to see and lipstick to wear?
We're guessing that the makeup and hair artists behind Afterpay Australia Fashion Week will feel the same about their return to the runway. In other words, they'll be making up for missed time (we still haven't forgiven you, 2020) and coming back bolder, braver and more statement-making than ever.
So if you're ready for all the fresh-from-the-runway inspiration you could ever need, here are all the most incredible beauty moments (from gravity-defying hair to grunge-inspired liner) from Australian Fashion Week 2021...
Jordan Dalah kicked off the onsite shows in a big way; literally. The look saw the models (including the striking Georgia Fowler) showing off part-free, sky-high blowouts loaded with more volume than most sound systems would be capable of. Honestly, we think even Dolly Parton would be jealous of this level of hair height.
Rock-chic rimmed eyeliner
Rebecca Vallance decided to play up the makeup more than the hair, opting for kohl-rimmed eyes reminiscent of '90s-era Kate Moss. The tricks to keeping it cool rather than classic? Forgo the wing in favour of an imperfect join, and draw the liner almost as thick on the bottom lashline as it is on the top.
Art attack eyeshadow
At Ginger & Smart, the name of the makeup game was matching the art-inspired strokes of shadow (which was actually face paint splattered across the lids) to each individual garment. As for the hair look, the stylists created untied ponies or swept-back down-dos, showing off piecey texture and in some cases, some beautifully bold bows.
Romance Was Born embraced every eyeshadow colour from lime and aqua to violet and fuchsia, taking the hues right up to the brow bone and also adorning the look with sparkling silver gems. A wet-look hair moment allowed the makeup its chance to shine (literally; this shimmer shadow did not come to play).
Vintage volume and jewel tones
Alice McCall went all-out with hair and makeup, embracing a more-is-more mentality. The hair looks ('60s-esque blow-outs and bouffants) complemented the bold jewel-toned shadow perfectly. The lips were kept neutral but not nude, with models showcasing peach and toffee tones, matched perfectly to their cheek contour colours.
Bright braided updos
Braided updos by themselves? Too Lauren-Conrad-in-2008 for the cooler crowd's liking. Braided updos with brightly-coloured extensions woven into them, however? Very fashion-week-in-2021. The incredible hair artists at Yousef Akbar sure know how to reinvent a classic.
Neon lacquered lips
Daniel Avakian switched things up a little, opting to play up models' lips in fluorescent shades of fuchsia and red. Skin, eyes and hair were all kept natural to allow the statement pouts to stand out, but damn, we're pretty certain these colours would stop traffic no matter what.
Mariam Seddiq went with a statement eye look that didn't rely on shadow, colour or liner, instead placing glitzy gold embellishments in a 'floating liner' style shape around the eye. As for the rest of the look, the makeup was kept glowy and glossy, and hair texture was left in its glorious natural form.
The makeup gracing the Auteur runway proved three things: firstly, that neon eyes were basically AAFW's biggest trend, secondly, that a bright look can be surprisingly wearable if you know where to place your product, and thirdly, that under-liner is back in a big way.
Is Iordanes Spyridon Gogos' gravity-defying pony, fabric headpiece and iridescent face paint combination one we'll be working into our daily repertoires? Perhaps not. That's the beauty of fashion week though, right? And hey, it definitely did remind us that the sun is yet to set on coloured highlighter.