Zzzzzz ngg zzzzh huh! what? Oh yes, beauty on the catwalks of London. Usually so wacky the looks make your eyes bleed, this season was as bland as a beige twinset. Very little to be said really, flawless matt skin , camel, caramel, taupe, greige, cream, toffee, tan, stone, fawn – are you asleep yet – tones. Light brown or no mascara, strong Natalia Vodianova-style eyebrows, contoured blusher with a hint of peach on the apple and basically a couple of seconds to run a brush through the model’s hair before they made their entrance, was there something good on TV?
In fact the only looks of real note were created by MAC’s Gordon Espinet for Vivienne Westwood (pictured below). Inspired by Irving Penn portraits, Gordon used contouring shades to trompe l’oeil and give a dramatic, stylistic, cartoonish quality to the girls. This is a little extreme but contouring is a serious art, once mastered this technique can enhance and beautify a face making noses appear smaller, cheek bones higher, lips bigger and faces thinner. MAC do a two-tone compact from their Shape & Sculpt range and Stila do a trio to help you pull off the right tonal colour play so you don’t look like a renegade paintballer who just went feral. alexia inge
The only other purveyor of fun and optimism was the lovely Alex Box at House of Blue Eyes (pictured below), using Illamasque to create Hindu Gods that just got back from Burning Man.