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Look out for next season
7:00am Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Lifestyle
Be inspired by the model hair and make-up looks at London Fashion Week. Lisa Haynes goes backstage to discover the emerging beauty trends.
Fashion Week isn't just about showcasing new clothing. Techniques for make-up, hair, nails and skin are all weaved seamlessly together to emphasise a designer's stylish vision.
"Every aspect needs to be considered as even the final touches have a big impact," says fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic.
Mix all those final touches together and next season's trends start to take shape.
Yes, there were statement mohawks, blue face paint and cartoon character nail art but amidst the backstage craziness were also some beautiful looks to try at home.
Time to get a sneak preview for next season.
Backstage beauty "It's all about the lip," said Petros Petrohilos about the Nicole Farhi make-up. But it would be a good summary of the upcoming season.
Red lips were seen at Pringle, Jonathan Saunders and House of Holland to name a few. MAC even mixed three of their classics - Russian Red, Ruby Woo and Lady Danger - to create a "true, classic red" for House of Holland's modern, matte lip.
On faces, it was about bringing the outdoors indoors to the dressing table.
There were ski girl-inspired looks at Margaret Howell, Tour de France cycle chic at House of Holland and Dr Zhivago-style glows at Temperley, achieved with a flush of colour to the cheekbones, where the elements would naturally hit the face.
MAC's Lucia Pica says: "They're healthy and glowing girls - sporty but in a more sophisticated way."
New season tip: Choose rouge for lips or cheeks.
Hair flair The fashion world went slightly askew this season with hair. Youthful yet chic, side partings and ponies were a backstage staple with hair teams.
There were deep side partings at Daks, Matthew Williamson, House of Holland and Paul Smith - some slick and close to head and other tousled and soft. Even Moschino's chic Sixties beehives sported a soft side-swept fringe.
"We created a shape that was masculine from the front, yet feminine at the back," explains Peter Gray, who created a definite side parting for Paul Smith's show.
Moving on from the must-have show pony of spring/summer, ponytails have a new sideways twist. They can be low and elegant, nipped to the nape of the neck, as seen as Margaret Howell, or high and swinging a la Ashish, who wanted an urban, messy ponytail.
New season tip: Time for a one-sided view on hair.
Nail art Forget the pale and interesting look, backstage nail teams were feeling blue.
The fashionable hue of choice backstage, one of Kate Middleton's designer favourites, Erdem, opted for a bright royal blue to co-ordinate with his modern tweeds and prints, while at Holly Fulton chalky cream teal was the shade of choice.
Her ocean-inspired blue was mixed to appear as if models were emerging straight from the sea, with long 'ovaletto' shape and a glossy finish to match the models' dewy skin and wet-look hair.
The House of Holland show used the collection's houndstooth for print nail art inspiration. Nail artist Sophy Robson created houndstooth transfers which were placed over electric blue using Leighton Denny Expert Nails colours.
New season tip: Stand by for a blue talon takeover.
Skin chic The catwalks may have been showcasing autumn/winter collections but glowing limbs were still a must for the models.
At Roksanda Ilincic, sepia-tone skin was the goal. St Tropez's skin finishing expert, Nichola Joss, took her inspiration from the collection, inspired by the Forties and sepia photographs, to create a soft focus glow on the skin.
"The models skin is pale but with a real warmth to it - just like that of a sepia photograph. I wanted to give it a flushed terracotta tone," Joss said.
At Erdem, the look was focused on matching skin colour to clothing - dubbed the 'Amethyst Tan'.
Models limbs were drenched with a combination of St Tropez's Body Butter and Violet Skin Illuminator to complement the rich palette of navy, red and pink.
New season tip: Match your tan to your wardrobe.
Tried & tested Forget matte, give your nails the wet look treatment. Our testers try three super-shiny polish top coats: :: 17 Nail Xtras Double Gloss Top Coat, £3.99 (Boots) With a slim brush I felt like I needed quite a lot of polish to cover each nail but the end result is hard-wearing with a reflective gloss.
3/5 :: Rimmel London Pro Super Wear Ultra Shine Topcoat, £4.59 (www.rimmellondon.com) The wide 'maxi' brush makes for a quick application. The 10-day chip resistance is impressive but I was underwhelmed by the 3D shine once it had fully dried.
3/5 :: Save the Nail Wet Look Top Coat, £6.95 (Boots) This polish packs a shiny punch with diamond powder particles, which makes for a wet finish, even when dry. It also looked fab on natural nails for a speedy gloss look.
4/5 Buy it now Stella McCartney is the darling of the Fashion Week calendar, showing in London and Paris. Embrace stylish skin with her new line of L.I.L.Y body products, shower gel and body cream, £26 each, available nationwide now.
Beauty bulletin :: Brit spa Celebrities at the Brit Awards flocked to the backstage spa for some pre-performance pampering. Adele's make-up artist stocked up her prep kit with more than £500 worth of Decleor skincare, while she encouraged her four backing singers to experience the radiance enhancing Spotlight Skin facial before their big moment on stage. Lana del Ray, Kylie, Pixie Lott and Jessie J also met with Decleor therapist Fiona Brackenbury for a personalised skincare prescription and recommended products. Launching at the Brits, the Decleor Spotlight Skin facial is now available nationwide, from £60 (www.decleor.co.uk).
:: Recessionista alert Bag your Mother's Day gift early with Boots' No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Face Collection. The set is currently on offer at £32, saving £34, available now while stocks last (www.boots.com).
:: Editors note: Backstage images must only be used with full credit provided