MAC make-up artist – and guest blogger for Grazia Daily during London Fashion Week – Neil Young is back with another expert look at what goes down backstage at the shows...
Nicole Farhi was a wash of gorgeous caramels, toffee and honey tones over all the features of the face. Mid-tone Sepia Cream colour base was the product of choice in varying intensities followed by a light sweep of mascara to open up the tired girls’ eyes (a very early 6am start).
After several cups of coffee to open my very tired eyes, I headed straight to Erdem. The wonderful Andrew Gallimore created gorgeous, sexy, smouldering eyes using MAC's Skin Colour Correctors in Deep Brown and Engraved Power Point Pencil for added definition. The inspiration was girls who go clubbing with a soft smoky and end up with melted smoky eyes at the end of the night from all the dancing! There was one girl who came very late covered in glitter and although this may sound like it could have worked for this look we had minutes to remove every last spec! Thank you masking tape! A quick result for us - not so pleasant for the model.
As soon as the show’s done, I have five minutes to pack my things, clean my brushes and head to my third and final show of the day - Pringle of Scotland.
Charlotte Tilbury took her inspiration from 1920's sepia photographs. A blend of Sculpting powders in Taupe, Shadowy and Shadester created the warm caramel shadow around the eye. The skin was left clean with concealer as and where needed to keep the look modern. As always, it was small and cramped backstage with hair and makeup falling over each other.
After the girls were finished in makeup, I managed to steal a few minutes to grab some food, which was delicious I might add! Salmon and potatoes. Yum yum! I hadn't eaten anything since 5am this morning. Home time has finally come and I have to pack for Milan tonight as tomorrow is another full-on day and I'm dying for some zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!