6 of the most wearable looks from fashion week
With tips from the hair and makeup experts who created them
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 22 2017
Australia’s biggest fashion, makeup and hair event, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), has come and gone in a flash - and we were completely floored by each and every look that was showcased this week. To our surprise, a majority of the hair and makeup looks were full of texture and light washes of colour, making them incredibly wearable. Most of the beauty looks even appeared easy enough to recreate at home. Here are six of our favourite makeup and hair looks from MBFWA.
Gorgeous flowing hair
The hair look from the Albus Lumen show was just stunning, with inspiration coming from overseas. “The Albus Lumen hair look exudes the laidback glamour of the Italian Riviera,” says hair director Jon Pulitano. “I enhanced the soft texture and amplified the lived-in mood with Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray.”
Luminous complexions were also seen at the Albus Lumen show and were created by layering dewy finishes on top of each other. The key products used were Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Foundation all over and Maybelline New York Bricks Bronzer to lightly contour; however the standout product used was the Maybelline New York Master Strobe Stick, which instantly brightened the face.
Photo credit: Christian Blanchard
Pinky-nude smoky eyes
Lived-in eyes were created to reflect the luxurious yet slightly grungy style of the Alice McCall clothes in the show. Models wore MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee on the waterline and outer corners of the eyes, and lids were interestingly painted with a lipstick. MAC Senior Artist Nicole Thompson tells us, “the anchor of this look is MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Driftwood, which is a nice mauvey nude that we’ve used on the eyes, cheeks and the lips just to pull it all together. We want the eye makeup to move: we want it to settle in, and we want it to move down under the eyes.”
The dramatic braid
Intricate updos still made an appearance on the catwalks, but in a more refined way than we’ve seen previously. At the Macgraw show, girls had their hair prepped with Kevin.Murphy Anti.Gravity, then separated into four two loose sections. Next, hair was braided from the nape around one side of the head, and repeated for the other side. The braids were then secured with a few bobby pins to lock the look in place above the forehead.
The big blow-dry
The designers behind Zhivago are known to do things with gusto and the hair at this year’s show was no different. We had our eye on the big and bouncy hairstyle that looked soft to touch, created with Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting to prep the hair, Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me at the roots to boost texture, before being tonged throughout using a large barrel curling iron.
A light wash of colour
You can’t go past a singular colour on your eyelids to define the area. The models at the We Are Kindred show had glowy complexions all over, and a peachy colour painted onto lids with a MAC lipstick. The makeup was finished with MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner in Cat’s Meow on the outer corners of the eyes to bind the colour to the lash line.