Feeling all kinds of fashion-forward and channelling Olivia Palermo’s tousled waves, I took myself off to one of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week fabulous designer shows. There’s little more to be said for the clothes than ‘I fell in love with all of it, but can afford less than none of it’, but what I did notice was some searing new beauty trends, sashaying down the runway.
Before the show started, I managed to scamper into the VIP beauty room, and grab some face time with the stylists from Kevin Murphy and Napoleon Perdis teams that designed hair and makeup for the show. In the midst of a lightning fast mini-makeover, they shared with me some tips about recreating the runway look at home, and because I’m such a generous person, I’ll tell you everything I know.
The pretty florals and feather-light textures showcased by Arabella Ramsay and Life with Bird were offset by dramatically architectural hairstyles as high as they were wild.
To achieve this type of structured volume on top of my head, Nicole from Kevin Murphy began by dividing my hair horizontally into two sections. Next she took the top section and split it into three even parts and tying the left and the right together at the back of my head, leaving the middle section loose. She teased this section quite mercilessly, before pulling it toward my face, and turning it around on itself (imagine there’s a hot roller in there). A few bobby pins and some hairspray held the style in place, and after the bottom section was dealt some beachy curls and heavily teased (farewell Palermo waves), my fierce new hairstyle was complete.
Obviously, this is not a hairstyle for lunch with mum or a hasty milk bar run, but it’s a fabulous new way to toughen up your look and, if kept messy, successfully circumnavigates the try-hard tag.
When the lights dimmed and the music began, sky-high cheekbones took centre stage. If you don’t have the razor sharp cheekbones of festival face Lucy McIntosh (or the eyes, or the legs…I digress), Anna from Napoleon explains how it’s quite easy to create them.
Start by ensuring your face is moisturised and your base is light and dewy to keep your complexion looking natural and fresh and ‘Pardon? Oh I wake up with this bone structure.’ Next, purse your lips and suck in your cheekbones to create what professionals dub ‘fish-face’. Now you’re going to dust highlighter just above the hollow of your cheek and continue this line all the way to the top of your ear. Maintain afore mentioned ‘fish-face’ and use bronzer to deepen that shadow created by the hollow of your cheek. Now give yourself a toothy grin and brush some blush all the way along the line where the bronzer and highlighter meet, and don’t forget the apples of your cheeks to get that ‘glow’ that everyone notices.
Winter’s finally shutting up shop (albeit slowly, here in Melbourne), which means it’s time to embrace lighter blush tones like peach and rosy pink. The runway trend was to offset those wonderfully pretty cheeks with a really simple eye. Anna suggested framing your peepers with one solid line of black liquid eyeliner on the top lid, followed by lashings of mascara on your upper and lower lashes. Finish off with some slightly frosted rose pink lipstick and you’ve got yourself a look that’s runway ready. A warning, however, that those razor sharp cheekbones can be dangerous, so stick to air kisses when schmoozing with the fashion crowd!