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Backstage Makeup at London Fashion Week

This past weekend I was at London Fashion week, working on a couple of shows as part of the make up team.

On Friday I worked on the Bora Aksu show which was keyed by Janeen Witherspoon – this is my model Charlie May after I had done her make up.

Once we had prepped the skin, we started by giving the models a lovely face massage with essential oils. Then, after using a small amount of MAC Face & Body we applied Kryolan Shimmer Foundation over the top which is a gorgeous product I hadn’t worked with before. To get the additional highlight on the temple, cheekbones, nose and chin, we used MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, with a MAC Highlighting powder over the top.

We used black cream liner to dig inside the upper lashes, to create some definition without drawing a line. We then used a brown eye pencil in the crease of the eye, and blended it out, followed by the same technique with the grey pencil.

We added a bit of contour to the face using MAC’s Sculpt, and then applied a silver lipstick and silver shimmer powder over the top.

These photos have been taken from the Vogue website

On Saturday I was part of the team working on Eudon Choi, which was keyed by Adam De Cruz. We got the blood in the models faces going by really buffing the moisutriser into their faces using a stippling brush. We then used a very small amount of Sheisedo foundation – it had to look like skin, so we buffed it in using the same brush.

I then used a Shu Uemera eyebrow pencil then blended the edges to make a smokey brow kind of look. We brushed the brows upwards using clear brow gel, to make them look fuller, and applied a little amont of a nude eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye up to the brow. We curled the lashes but didn’t use any mascara.

This photo has been taken from the Vogue website

We used a lip shade similar to the models’ natural lips and applied it using a pencil brush to give a just bitten feel. We then gave the models freckles across their noses and cheeks – we used a Tom Ford cream bronzer and a stippling brush to create that effect.

I had such an amazing time, and am going back tomorrow to do the Lou Dalton show which I am also looking forward to. If anyone would like to know about the make up on that show, please let me know – I’m not sure if you find these kinds of posts useful!?


  1. February 21, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    Absolutely amazing! Well done, love the first look x x

  2. February 22, 2012 / 11:10 am

    love the looks! i just graduated in fashion make up so hopefully next year i will get the chance to work on LFW too! x

    • February 27, 2012 / 9:19 am

      They use cards to stop the hair clips making marks in the hair!

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