Beauty wrap-up: RAFW day 3 & 4

Well done fashionisers, you are well over the half way mark of the busiest week in Australian fashion and lamentably there is only one day left to go in which to indulge in the fantasy of fashion’s finest. But luckily the Australian fashion week catwalks have continued to serve up face delights which should satisfy our beauty appetite for some time to come.

Lisa Ho initiated Wednesday’s activity, the collection’s Capri inspired palette with a rich range of dreamy colours evoked a longing to lounge in the Amalfi. And in complement, M.A.C artist Linda Jeffreyes created fresh look of glowing skin and sixties inspired twist, subtle and refined but with an ultimately youthful feel. Brows were a stand out feature, back combed for shape and filled in for framing, and linked with barely there hints of silver darting across the face.

The detail may have been in the intricate hair at Magdalena Velevska but the polished beauty more than held its own. Lashes were lengthy with a hint of cobalt across the lash line for the finest of flutter power for pop. Cheeks were blushed rose and lips were kept the prettiest of pinks with an enviable dewiness showing on the face.

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At Dhini S/S ’11

At Michael Lo Sordo She Uemera’s Steven Chau worked with the feminine and modern collection proving base is best. The look worked beautifully illuminated skin as a key feature combined with a pastel palette for delicate colouring. On the eyes, She Uemera’s pressed eye shadow in matte blue mixed with crisp white eye pencil for an ethereal look, pared with soft peach cheeks and beige lips for a polished seventies feel.

But it was the lips which reigned supreme at Dhini and Gary Bigeni‘s evening shows. It was time to get creative at Dhini, where maestro Napoleon Perdis teamed a vibrant orange top lip with a roaring fuschia on the bottom, for an innovative take on a bold look. Predictably, the rest of the look was kept minimalistic to keep the dynamic duo of lip brights to pout away. At Dhini the look was darker but the lips remained the stand out feature, M.A.C artist Natasha Severino bleeding the lips beyond their boundaries in a confident red alluding to a just bitten look. Glossy taupe eyes matched for a moody romance.

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At Yeojin Bae S/S ’11

Come day four, the pop of colour persisted at Yeojin Bae. Skin was given the sheerest of coverage – a touch of concealer and an essential oil blend creating glowing perfection, radiance minus the heaviness. Quite an ingenious combination indeed. The remainder of the look was left to the lips – the stand out colour of orange again proving that it will be a must own in the coming season.

From orange on the lips to orange on the eyes, the colour has worked hard this week. Reminiscent of Shakuhachi‘s punchy eyes from the previous day, at Ellery Lancome’s Michael Brown worked the shade beneath the eyes for clear pop power. Dare if you will. Brown worked with a dualism of looks in creating a separate palette of gold which shimmered and radiated from under brows which appeared transparent. Colour contrast in fine form.

But boldness was epitomised at Kooey, where futuristic makeup peeped through chunky cut fringes, the distinctive eye showing an angular play on blue, white and gold with bold black liner carving the shape. Cheeks had a distinctive sheen sculpted to emphasise oh so high cheekbones with plentiful lashes drawing back towards the eyes. Alien goddess created for the catwalk.

So we are left with one final day to absorb our fashion and beauty addiction before we look back fondly at the week that was- undoubtedly it will finish with a bang, or more likely, a final orange bang.

View all the 2011 Australian fashion week coverage so far by following that link.

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