Beauty Backstage- The Best of SS13

 Every season make-up artists Val Garland, Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath, bring designers’ visions of the season to life.
Every city has their look: Paris is generally effortless- dewy skin and slicked-back hair, Milan is master of the blow-dry, Londoners go crazy for colour & the New Yorkers like a sleek blow-dry and undetectable make-up.
Yet each season designers demand a renewal, a push out of one’s comfort zone. Some houses like to be purely experimental like Raf Simon’s diamante egyptian eyes at Christian Dior. For the ready-to-wear looks there was a consensus that bushy brows, red lips and loaded mascara were here to stay, but as always surprises came, with the return of silver, championed by Chanel and Issey Miyake. 
Here are BLUSH’s faves.

Red Lips
Jason Wu opted for silver screen glamour with precise glossy red lips, fair gold eyeshadow and a fine eyeliner flick.
Dewy skin and barely there eye make-up gave Rochas‘ rough and ready matte red lips the edge.
Every Cloud…
A sixties full wing in a silvery blue at Giorgio Armani is the perfect way to embrace next season’s favourite era.


One of my favourite looks of the season, Issey Miyake did silver best. Teamed with the dewiest skin, the strong silver pigment was casually swept over the socket.

Bottom Eyeliner – 90s Redux
The nineties love for all things kohl-rimmed was best demonstrated at DVF, with top eyeliner finally giving way to the bottom, a simple move that’s strangely refreshing.
Bushy Brows and Full-On Eyes

Silk headbands called for an eyeliner wing at Dolce & Gabbana, although top and bottom remained a firm favourite, teamed with brushed brows.

Versace opted to match their choppy blow-out, and centre-parted up-dos, with bold eyebrows and even bolder smokey eyes, with a silver inner lining.

50 shades of Bronze
Bronze contouring at Roberto Cavalli was the most summer-friendly look, but what else would one expect from the King of yachts. Varying shades of bronze were used to define and enhance models’ faces, eyes and brows.

 Luminous dewy skin isn’t exactly a beauty shocker, and has become more of a staple, but Balmain took things to the next level for summer with skin pearlescent all over. The look is easily achievable by mixing a bit of illuminator (Nars or Benefit) with your moisturiser or SPF.

Fluttery Lashes
 Frida Gianni’s Gucci collection was a feminine affair so mascara was a must, false lashes make the look. Think dewy skin and no bottom lashes to be more Milan and less Essex.

 Green is the new blue.
 Stella McCarteny has managed to make me wear blue mascara every day since her A/W’12 show. This season she’s swapped the blue for an aqua green eyeliner, equally as contagious.

Jamila xx


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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