Beauty Notes: Giles gets messy (and smudgy)

24 February 2009


The Giles show is always one of the highlights of London Fashion Week – and one of our favourite shows to go backstage at. This season didn't disappoint. 'The clothes are amazingly structured and the shoes are really high, so we deconstructed the girls,' said Miranda Joyce for MAC, who headed up the team alongside Samantha Hillouby for Toni & Guy. The lips were a messy red, which was smudged right before the models made their entrance on to the catwalk. A mix of MAC's two most popular red lipsticks – Lady Danger and Ruby Woo, one a blue-red and the other an orange-red – the lips were painted on as a circle, filling in the corners of the mouth to create a 'soft, sexy, pouty mouth', which make-up artists dabbed with their fingers to soften the edges. 'The idea is that we wanted to keep it playful, as you don't have to play up to a jacket as structured as the ones seen at Giles,' Miranda said. The rest of the face was kept fresh and clean with just a bit of Luna Creme Colour Base to highlight the eyes and cheeks. 'We just wanted nudity with a slash of red.'
Samantha Hillouby and her hair team looked to the club kids of the 1980s and Bananararma for inspiration. 'We want the girls to look like they've been clubbing all weekend and haven't been home,' Samantha told us. The hair was 'fun' with plenty of backcombing to construct the volume on the top of the head, a bit like a frizzy quiff, and the rest of the hair was, yep, you've guessed it, braided. We think there's a trend emerging. To transform the models' clean hair to mucky, clubby hair, Samantha used Label M Ressurrection Style Dust, a light, white powder that was kneaded into the hair to give the girls the texture they wanted. It's our new favourite product!
And as we revealed last night LIVE, the nails, by Miranda at CND Design, were all about injecting fun into the look: smudging them last minute. And the good news is it's the easiest nail look to recreate.  Why?  It was all about smudged nails. 'We made them look like they've just had a nice manicure and then smudged them all.'  To create it, Miranda and her team used Creative's Voodoo, a dark, deep colour and painted it halfway down the nails and then used a cotton pad to muck it up and smudge it. Easy! Have a peek at more pics from backstage below...

Lauren Murdoch-Smith


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