Betty Jackson showed modern shapes in a toned-down palette yesterday at London Fashion Week. Taupe, white and black pieces came in high-waist hotpants, swing coats with pared-down ruffles and a mixture of structured and billowing silhouettes.
Meanwhile, the models wore wide fabric hair bands with shades of Flashdance. The mostly black bands, which also came in white and grey marl, were worn behind the ears. Masses of curled, birds nest hair was pinned on top of the head while flyaways were left to do their own thing. Samantha Hillerby worked with Toni & Guy to create the 40's pin up meets 80's dancer effect.
Bright, matte red lips stole the show as makeup artist Sam Bryant used MAC products to complement the classic, yet bold, collection. "The inspiration was a strong, eccentric arty chick." Sam said "I wanted it to be all about the lip." I spoke to her backstage about how to get that catwalk lip look at home. Just read more.
- Face: "As this look is all about the lips, I aimed to keep the base simple and fresh." said Sam. She used a cream stick foundation from MAC to ensure even coverage. Try MAC Studio Stick SPF 15, (£21) or MAC Studio Fix, (£19), a foundation and powder in one.
- Eyes: Eyes were kept neutral with just minimal mascara, while brows were strong to give the girls a fierce look. Sam used a lighter shade of the stick foundation under the brows to highlight the contrast between the paleness of the skin and the darkness of the eyebrows.
- Lips: "The lips should look aggressive. This isn't about looking pretty, it's a strong, cool look." said Sam. First use a lip primer to ensure the colour lasts. Try MAC Prep and Prime, (£10). Next, put a little of the lip pigment on the back of your hands and apply it to your lips with your fingers. "Don't be too neat." suggests Sam "Act like it's paint." For a true red lip try mixing MAC Prep and Prime, (£10) in MAC Red and Lady Danger.