Beauty wrap: RAFW, days 1 & 2

Take a breath, fashion followers, the first few days of RAFW have passed and suitable catwalk joy has ensued. But indeed there is much action to come, so don’t dare to take anything more than a pitstop just yet. Beauty looks have been key compliments to the collections and expertise has shone.

Just as perennial RAFW favourite Zimmermann transcended their roots beyond swimwear; their neutral palette with bursts of mustard, aqua and floral prints was complimented by a subtle golden look for a relaxed tone with a delicate energy. Skin was lightly kissed with golden shades whilst eyes were framed for depth minus mascara, MAC Eyeshadow in Amber Lights a must for the look. Sky blue nails mixed with the brights of the clothing for laid back youthfulness at its best.

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Beauty look at Alex Perry, S/S11

Metallics continued to dominate at Bec & Bridge but this time it was time to shine for the eyes. MAC Makeup director Max May focused on lush lashes and extended the eye with rich bronzes for a striking angular shape, paring the look with raw skin for the freshest of looks. On the lips? Conditioner. Kissable goes beyond colour.

Meanwhile at Alex Perry, the look took a bolder turn. The striking combination of rich purples and vibrant golds, with a creative liner licence, transcended the traditional feline eye and captured the essence of Perry’s Cuban inspired collection. Heed caution indeed, but translatable to daywear. Capture the colours and balance the liner to take the look off the runway.

Day 2 cemented the nude as a key trend in makeup for the week. At Therese Rawsthorne, luminous skin and bare lids were punctured with a fresh, peach lip. The look, a chic take on the bare skin previously seen, but with an androgynous youthful glow to match the stylised hair. Napoleon Perdis brought the bronze back to Rachel Gilbert, emphasising warmth on the cheeks with the ultimate in nude lips. Inspired nonchalance with a subtle glow.

A stand out in the bronzed beauty books was Manning Cartell, a look created by Natasha Seferino. Whilst skin remained iridescent and the eyes burnished bold, peachy cheeks and flushed glossed lips balanced for a cheeky innocence contrasting the slinky garments to match. Grown up youthfulness? It would seem so.
So whilst the looks have varied the winners stand clear- the nude in all its variations and metallics are making a mark on the RAFW catwalks. But three more days equals many more shows, so watch this space to see the ultimate look maker at the culmination of an uber-fabulous week…

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Former make-up artist and PR girl, now perpetual-student finishing a Master’s thesis and freelance writer, Joanne Cleary fascinated by the beautiful things. So it is that the magnificence of the beauty industry inspire her and her writing. A Melbourne, Australia dweller she adore black (the unofficial colour of all fashion in the city), Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs flats, while her favourite places in the world include the Tate Modern on a quiet afternoon, the Sacre Couer steps in Paris and Copenhagen for uber-nonchalance. In her non-existent spare time she enjoy trawling PostSecret, finding ceramic cats in Antique stores and feeling productively tranquil by wasting an afternoon in a library. You can keep up to date with her personal work via Twitter.