LFW AW13 : Kiss and Make-Up

This image was found via Pinterest, where the image was linked from Stylist magazine's LFW Beauty blog here
While my heart does, and always shall, belong to fashion, I am also rather drawn to beauty, and at London Fashion Week there were some seriously hot beauty looks that I simply must pass on to you. 

From sexy looks at Felder Felder through to slick and simple styles at Zoe Jordan, there is something for all you lovely ladies. 

My favourite LFW look was at Felder Felder. I particularly adore this image. With sexy tousled hair adding an air of nonchalance, the focus was on bright orangey red lips, making a refreshing change from the blue-toned shades that tend to dominate A/W. As ever, flawless dewy skin is the only way to go, and for this i'd recommend trying the Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation which has an airbrushing effect with three colour-correcting pigments and hydrating finish. When the Bourjois MUA at the Handpicked Media LFW Suite at The One Aldwych applied this foundation, she used this Duo-Fibre MAC brush to apply the product sparingly and blend properly.  With a little dab of loose powder, this base should have you catwalk ready in no time.

If, like me, you are not exactly blessed in the skin department, then apply a thin layer of this foundation, leave it to settle and then dab on MAC Select Cover-Up concealer over problem areas. At £14.50, this concealer is one of my more costly make-up bag essentials, but a little goes a long way and the coverage is second to none. With this foolproof flawless base, which you must take care in applying, these bright lips will look modern and fresh.

While I am not sure of the exact colour used here, I would recommend trying a matte lipstick like Topshop Make-Up's bold Infrared shade, this bargain buy is strong enough to make an impact, but can be dabbed on for a more subtle look. It is only £8, available here. Make sure you buff and moisturise your lips beforehand, though. I personally loving Superdry Beauty's new minty lip balm to keep my the chilly weather from destroying my lips too much- i'm also super keen to try this cheap and cheerful Lip Fix balm in scrummy coconut. It is rich and nourishing, so a great make-up bag essential. 

Temperley shows are always fabulously feminine, so I was sure to fall a little bit in love with the beauty look at the show. Firstly, I must admit that this dress is the most beautiful one I have seen in a long time, and I am absolutely dying to own one. I know I never shall, but it is just so devastatingly perfect.

The slicked back hair and pared down make-up at the Temperley show juxtaposes wonderfully with the ethereal elegance of the collection. This angelic gown could easily be a little bit bohemian, but with this strong beauty direction the overall effect is far more modern and fresh.

While, again, perfect skin is the main focal point, I am particularly drawn to the strong eyebrows. Natural and youthful, a strong eyebrow will work wonders for your features- an expert from Bourjois told me at the Handpicked Media LFW suite that eyebrows can easily give the effect of an instant facelift.

I'd suggest getting them threaded regularly, but every morning, just as you would apply your foundation, just give your brows a little tidy up with a brow pencil such as MAC's Eye Brows pencil (£12.50 here) or the fabulous Benefit Browzings kit which even features a miniscule pair of tweezers for strays. (£22.50 here

I was lucky enough this year to have my make-up done at Somerset House by Sara from MAC on 3 at Selfridges (read about it here) She gave my tired LFW complexion a good once over and tried a few products to help lift my features.

I absolutely loved some of the products that Sara used, particularly the Mac Prep + Prime Skin which, I am told, is a backstage saviour as it truly does allow foundation to glide on seamlessly. It's an old favourite of mine, so i'm glad to have it back in my regime.

Because i'm such a little chatterbox, I simply had to ask Sara about her favourite make-up looks of LFW and she directed me straight to Jean-Pierre Braganza's graphic eye make-up and razor-sharp contouring. As you can see from the above image, this isn't a great everyday look but it's a make-up artist's dream!

With a darkly shaded upper and lower lid, exaggerated out for a dramatic effect, the stark white liner on the inner eye provided a futuristic touch. Paired with nude lips and soft skin, this is a great statement look to try out. For the ever-so-slightly clumpy, glossy eyelashes, i'd try the MAC False Lash mascara - it's a good'un. 

Who knew that blue eyeshadow could be so sexy and stylish?

The perennial 1980s favourite, kingfisher blue eyeshadow was a knockout at Topshop Unique, replacing more sombre tones for an uplifting, alluring take on a smokey eye.

With a dirty aqua shade smudged all around the eye for a slightly worn effect, the look is modern and fun, while lashings of black eyeliner and lots of mascara keep it sexy and flattering. Try this palette from Topshop Make-Up to get the look, and add a softly smudgy effect with the wonderful Bourjois Khol Kajal eyeliner- a must for smoky eye fanatics. 

 With just the lightest nude-pink lipstick (try NARS' Honululu Honey shade- the next on my must have list) and glowing bronzed skin, this is a seriously wearable trend.

From a wonderfully bold eye, to a wonderfully bold lip, I adored the bright red gloss at Antonio Berardi.

The key on this one, though, is a sharp lipliner to fully define the cupids bow before filling in with a cherry red lipstick with serious precision.

Topped up with a lot of clear gloss, this look is not particularly easy to pull off given the lack of eye definition and blush, but it does look wonderfully striking and impactive. For this look, i'd recommend a complexion perfecting BB Cream such as the new Bourjois BB Cream Compact Foundation (exclusively available at Selfridges here). This cream-to-powder formula is a little bit of miracle worker and it glides on wonderfully to leave a veil of matte, flawless skin.  The other essential, of course, is a killer red lip. My favourites are MAC Ruby Woo, MAC  Lady Danger and MAC Russian Red.

As far as getting the gloss goes, though, you can't go far wrong with a slick of clear gloss such as this offering from MAC. The MAC glosses are just the perfect degree of sticky for me, for I simply cannot abide an overly fluid lipgloss.  

One of my favourite shows and one of my favourite beauty looks was at Zoe Jordan. Slick, minimal and wearable, the beauty look was put together by Bourjois with a slight nod to the 1960s.

With a distinctly modern eyeliner flick, created with the Liner Feutre, this simple and easy look is also rather flattering. With nearly-bare skin accented with sculpting highlights and a light peach blush,  this look is extremely pretty and exudes that modern nonchalance that once typified the British fashion industry.

I also must say that I loved the bedhead beehive with this look. This will definitely be a hair and make-up look that I shall be trying myself, texturising my hair with lashings of TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo.

(all images used in this post are from Catwalking.com unless otherwise stated) 
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