The beauty looks from London Fashion Week we'll (actually) be wearing

As London Fashion Week packs up for another season, we round up our favourite MAC and Bumble and bumble inspired beauty looks from the AW16 collections and show you how to recreate them at home...

Glacial glamour

The look:

Glacial Icelandic glamour was the inspiration behind Val Garland’s gorgeous MAC make-up for the Peter Pilotto show. A pretty iridescent sheen on the lids was paired with a polished, natural base and neutral lip balm to create an enviable ethereal glow.

How to recreate:

MAC’s Lipglass (£14.50) was used as the base for the eyes, mixing it with a small amount of Glitter (£16) in Reflects Transparent Teal, Reflects Gold and Pearl to create a custom gloss that was applied all over the eyelid. The team also used a Studio Chromagraphic Pencil (£14) in skin-colour along the waterline to brighten and open up the eye – a great take-away for sleep-deprived late nights!

A sheer wash of Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (£29) was buffed into the skin followed by strategically placed Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer (£15.50) and a dusting of Set Powder (£22.50) in Invisible through the centre of the face to provide a matte polish to the skin. 

Image: M·A·C Cosmetics

Lashings of lashes

The look:

Head make-up artist Adam De Cruz and his team, responsible for Eudon Choi's lashy look, described it as "a really polished version of the day after the night before". If you're not a fan of an overly-clumpy lash, this one might not be for you, but we'll definitely be drawing inspo from this by keeping everything else simple to make it all about the eyes. 

How to recreate:

First and foremost: eyelash curlers. If you don't already own a pair, we strongly recommend you pick some up - you won't believe the difference they make! After curling the lashes, the team used the MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara 3D Black Lash (£19) to create 'irregular lashes', using the tip of the wand to saturate the lashes and going back a few times to layer up product for a purposeful clumpy look. 

Matte lips

The look:

Bold matte lips graced many catwalks this season including the likes of Henry Holland, Charlotte Olympia and (as seen here) Mary Katrantzou. Although recognised as a ‘high-fashion’ look, if you want to rock a bold red or pink lip, opt for a matte formulation – it’s super long-lasting and won't get on your teeth!

How to recreate:

Head make-up artist Lynsey Alexander described this look as a “classic French beauty” with fresh-faced, radiant skin and a “stamped on lip for toughness.” To get the perfect pout, MAC Prep + Prime Lip (£13.50) was applied to the model’s lips to lightly hydrate and provide a smooth base for colour to follow. Then slightly over-line the lips using MAC’s Lip Pencil (£12.50) in Burgundy and fill in the entirety of the lip before applying Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (£21) in Dance With Me – using a liner will enhance longevity and help you define your natural lip shape.

Image: M.A.C Cosmetics

Super sleek locks

The look:

Head stylist Teiji Utsumi and his team were responsible for the sleek tresses seen at the Mother of Pearl show. Inspired by the early ‘90s, we heart the clean centre parting and general wearability of this look. Bravo!

How to recreate:

The Bumble and bumble team spritzed Prep (£17.50) into damp hair and blow-dried it straight before creating a centre part and sectioning the hair into four – two at the sides and two at the back. Hair was then straightened until super sleek and the two side sections were pulled back to join at the bottom to create a sneaky low pony that was secured with elastic. Then, then team took the section at the crown and covered the pony. They then smoothed through with Bumble and bumble’s Hairdressers Invisible Oil (£32) to added shine and spray Does It All (£11) hairspray to tame flyaways. 

Graphic nails

The look:

Fun, graphic nails were everywhere this LFW with shows such as Charlotte Olympia and House of Holland getting on board. If glittery eyes and bright lips make you want to run for the hills, experimenting with your nails is a playful, yet (reasonably) safe option.

How to recreate:

Heading up the team for MAC, Sophy Robson explained how she was inspired by “70s glam rock” when creating the metallic zebra stripes seen at House of Holland. To create the look, Studio Nail Lacquers (£10) were mixed to create custom shades that were applied over the nail to create a bold base. Then, black zebra stripes were artfully painted over the nails using the shade Nocturnelle to finish the look. 

By Grace Gargini