Blue, lime & tangerine cheeks
It’s not just the clothes that caught our eye at London Fashion Week, the makeup looks on the catwalk were pretty amazing too.
So we went backstage with Max Factor makeup artist Mel Arter to see how she created the Huishan Zhang SS13 look.
The concept for the show was: “Applying make-up is like war paint because you are applying attitude and a mindset.”
Mel said: “I think Huishan’s quite traditional in his approach but this influence is quite western, so I think we wanted to make the girls really strong and a bit exclusive like they’re going to a set but a bit unpredictable, not so conventional.
"So I basically call them debutante rebels, that was where we were going with it. The way that’s come out in the makeup is that we’ve basically used colours on the cheeks that you wouldn’t conventionally use, and it is a bit more like a kind of warpaint.
She continued: “I think it’s quite nice to have a big old splurge of blush.”
Well said Mel, although we think we’d adapt the look for real life by sticking to the tangerine cheek shade.
Mel’s makeup notes
Skin – is super flawless. We are preparing the perfect canvas. Skin is matt. We’re applying Max Factor’s All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, £11.99, all over the skin’s surface using a foundation brush. This will get the smoothest result. We want skin to look flawless.
Eyebrows – Left organic and in a natural state.
Eyes – there’s a slight glossy lid up to the brow using petroleum jelly. This will be the only area on the canvas that there will be shine. Lashes are curled first, then coated with one coat of False Lash Effect mascara, £10.99.
Cheeks – each girl's identity will be defined by her cheek colour. We’re using colours that we wouldn’t traditionally use; hues of lime, turquoise and tangerine applied in a painterly way to achieve a beautifully subtle result. We’re using Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow in Blue Tempest and Citrus Thunder, £7.99.
Lips - remain true to their natural colour. They are bought to life if needed by Colour Elixir Lipstick in Rosewood 833, £7.99, used sparingly and applied with fingertip.
The hair was plaited back in to a ponytail.
Here's how the models looked on the catwalk.
We love their natural makeup with lots of blusher.
We reckon the blue and green shades could work for a festival.
What do you think of the looks? Comments please!
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