Katie Wright catches up with the pros, to find out how to create these cool catwalk looks
Black is back, people, and it’s more beautiful than ever, thanks to a trio of make-up artists at London Fashion Week. From graphic liner to a smudgy, smoky-eye, we’ve got the inside scoop on how to recreate these stunning looks with minimal fuss. Eyeliner at the ready, here are three easy jet-black updates for autumn...
1. Sixties chic at David Koma
Naoko Scintu, lead make-up artist for Suqqu, called this: “A subtle nod to the Sixties — a clean, graphic eye paired with dewy, fresh skin.” That means a flawless foundation base, brushed up brows and a light wash of pinky nude to begin with on the eyelids, see picture above. “Apply Suqqu Creamy Eyeliner from halfway along the lower lash extending to a feline flick, and on the upper lash from the inner corner to the middle of the eye. “Set with powder to ensure it doesn’t smudge, then apply Black Natural Curl Mascara to the top lashes only.”
2. Noir drama at Erdem
“The inspiration for this season’s beauty look is the combination of memories I have of my mother... mixed with the poise of 1930s and 1940s aristocracy,” explains Erdem Moralioglu of the three different looks that were created by make-up legend Val Garland for Nars. Our favourite was all about the eyes, pairing a nude lip with dark, smoky eyeshadow. And the good news is, it’s easy to recreate with just two Nars products. Start with a few strokes of the Shadow Stick eyeliner in Flibuste on the eyelids, into the crease, and below the lower lash line, blending thoroughly outwards. Then add definition on the lower lash line with the Velvet Eyeliner in Black Moon, smudging slightly. Garland left the lashes bare, but feel free to add a coat of your favourite black mascara if you prefer.
3. Winging it at Molly Goddard
“It’s all about eyeliner,” MAC makeup artist Hiromi Ueda said backstage at Molly Goddard. “Molly’s clothes are amazing, so I wanted to do make-up that’s not too natural, but I kept it quite cool and sophisticated.” MAC Fluidline eyeliner pen in Retro Black was used to create the extreme flick. “I didn’t want to make it a Fifties classic shape, so at the end, it’s quite thick. It’s a more modern shape, I wanted to make it straight, not curved,” she says, explaining that to get a precise line, she starts by outlining the triangular wing. “It’s better to start from the end, beginning where you want to finish it, then after, you can fill it in from the centre.”