London Fashion Week: The beauty looks you need to know about

Cast your opaques aside and mentally skip ahead to spring 2016’s beauty counters with a sneak preview of next season's agenda setters, unveiled by Lisa Haynes at London Fashion Week.

Inspired by designers backstage, expect to see an explosion of colour in the spring with a major emphasis on gleaming skin and even choppy faux fringe additions. Too out there for you? Take the model look (as seen backstage) and dial it down for a more wearable everyday take on the trend.

Here’s the lowdown on the freshest trends spotted backstage at London Fashion Week...


SEEN AT: Burberry


The instant way to toughen up spring’s sugary pastels and ethereal lace is via an unexpected dark lip, as seen at Burberry's LFW show. Make it matte but not overly neat: “The look should be soft and effortless rather than perfectly precise,” advises Wendy Rowe, Burberry’s make-up artistic consultant.

KEY PRODUCT: Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood 437, £26 (Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle and York)


SEEN AT: Julien Macdonald

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Next season limbs gleam in an overt fashion. Think drenched, oil-slick golden skin, as seen at Julien Macdonald. “This season was all about sheen, slick and gloss,” says Jules Heptonstall, St. Tropez tanning and skin finishing expert. “More is more with this look – your skin will naturally absorb the oil so the more you use the longer it lasts.”

KEY PRODUCT: St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil, £25 (Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York)


SEEN AT: Sibling

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Snip, snip. Fringes are back with a bang in shorter, choppier lengths. “It’s a 90s fringe, like something your mum would do at home when you were a kid,” explains Syd Hayes, session stylist for BaByliss. Think lived-in, brushed-out texture when you’re drying. Opt in (and out) of the trend sharpish with a winge (aka wig fringe) to work the drastic cut minus commitment.

KEY PRODUCT: BaByliss Pro ItaliaBrava hairdryer, £120 (Available at Fenwick Brent Cross and Kingston)


SEEN AT: Issa London

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Wave goodbye to navy and baby, next spring is all about electric blue fingertips. Issa set the agenda with custom pearlescent finish blue, created by nail expert Marian Newman by combining three lacquers - Nails inc. Gel Effect Black Taxi, Gel Effect Baker Street blue and NailKale in Bright Street.

KEY PRODUCT: Nails inc. Gel Effect in Baker Street, £15 (Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York)


SEEN AT: Sophia Webster

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If you’re an early adopter of strobing, revise your tactics for Spring 2016. Faces gleamed as if emerging from underwater at Sophia Webster. “On some of the models I buffed about five or six layers of illuminator into skin to achieve the effect,” says Lisa Potter-Dixon, Benefit's head make-up artist. Continuing the subaquatic theme? Wet-look, glossy brows – “the next big thing”, according to Lisa.

KEY PRODUCT: Benefit High Beam, £19.50 (Available at Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells)


SEEN AT: Christopher Kane

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Put down your tweezers because Christopher Kane’s show dictates the brow is going wild. Fill in where needed to bulk out your eyebrows and brush up to untamed proportions. “It’s raw and undone – bushy and feral brows with effortless skin,” says Lucia Pieroni, lead make-up artist for NARS.

KEY PRODUCT: NARS Brow Perfector, £16.50 (Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross and Kingston)


SEEN AT: Holly Fulton

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Why settle for one skin finish when you can have two? James Read debuted his upcoming Tantour palette at Holly Fulton using the mineral bronzer to deepen and sculpt skin, and the highlighter powder to illuminate. “The contour combination gives form and structure to the body and face,” James says. “The aim is to emulate your skin’s natural tone.”

KEY PRODUCT: James Read Tantour Sculpting Duo Palette (out March 2016, available at Fenwick Bond Street)

By Lisa Haynes