LONDON FASHION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: which look are you doing?

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So, London Fashion Week: let's dissect the makeup and hair! Which looks did you love most - more to the point, was there any look you felt you could actually wear? Catwalk makeup and hair is usually so theatrical it's tricky to translate for us ordinary mortals, but there are always directions we can pick up and use. And that's the idea. It's not about copying a look wholesale, the runway is about taking what you can use and leaving what you can't. These are the top five details I'll be trying out:

 

 

1. THE BRAID BIT seen everywhere at the moment, not just on the catwalk, although Tina Outen, hairstylist for Paul Smith, did the most beautiful update on a plait, twisting and criss crossing the models' hair in a figure of eight, then pinning it at the nape of the neck to secure. Get the best results on hair which isn't too clean, and apply a touch of styling cream with fingertips to enhance texture. My pick: Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm.

2. THE STATEMENT LIP red, pink or – if you are a Burberry girl – oxblood! A deep, dark red like claret, this kind of red is normally reserved for winter, but Wendy Rowe, Burberry's creative director, has gone full throttle with it for spring/summer, and I'm in! If you haven't worn a strong lip colour before, start with a gloss – the weaker pigment makes it more transparent and easier to wear. If you go for a lipstick, apply it with a brush or a fingertip - it lasts longer. And always use a corresponding lip-liner to cover and prime lips to keep the colour tight. My picks: T. LeClerc Soie Transparent Lipstick, New CID Plumberry i-Pout Light-Up Lipstick with Mirror and Face Stockholm Helen Lipliner Pencil, Lip Gloss #15 and Cranberry Veil Lipstick.

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3. THE SIXTIES' HIT Best seen in the eye details – the liner, treated in all kinds of different ways but always with a nod to the Sixties, and the shadow, most notably blue. In London, Roksanda did it best, with pastel blue above and below the eye; we can translate that by concentrating a hint of blue onto lids only. The look was finished with clumpy mascara - easy to achieve when you layer it on thickly and quickly! My picks: Face Stockholm Brokad Cream Eyeshadow, New CID Azure i-Smoulder Smoky Eyeshadow & Pencil and T. LeClerc Bloom Mascara in Noir.

4. THE BROW KIT Big and bushy at Chris Kane, and with extra emphasis on the natural arch at JW Anderson - signaling, perhaps, an end to the over-straight brow. My picks: Face Stockholm Siden Cream Eyeshadow, BBROWBAR Brow Grooming Gel and Brow Pen.

5. THE BARE FIT Done best by JW Anderson, David Koma and House of Holland (with a touch of bronzing), this was fresh-faced and super-minimal with shades of beige and brown. Lots of bronzer was used but not to contour – this is far harder to achieve in real life than we are led to believe, simply to warm the complexion and bring focus to features. My picks: Face Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm and Bronzer, New CID i-Glow Sirocco Compact Shimmer Powder, T. LeClerc Palette of Elegance and Wild About Beauty Ultra Sheer Blush.

So, which looks are you doing?

Images sourced from Pinterest and Elle: Burberry, Paul Smith, Roksanda Illincic, David Koma