Okay, so maybe you’re not actually attending Fashion Week. That doesn’t stop you from channeling the glam squad, and stealing beauty tricks from their makeup bags. Runway FROW-ready makeup has to be long-lasting, fresh-looking and trend-perfect – and those requirements are just as important in day-to-day life. So we’ve rounded up six essentials that tick every single box.
The fresh-faced base
The fashion pack knows that the best makeup base is one that looks believable, so buff Fresher Skin Foundation, £7.49, over your skin to imperceptibly even it out. Best of all, the sheer coverage veils your skin in mineral powders that absorb excess oil, so your t-zone will feel fresh and balanced all through your busy day.
Fashion Week – and, let’s face it, your busy schedule – goes hand-in-hand with tired skin, so you need a quick-fix concealer that instantly hides fatigue. Wake Me Up Concealer, £5.49, is a swipe-on, light-reflecting wonder, and just a few dots blended beneath your eyes will cover up late nights pronto.
The punchy nail polish
Whether you’re practicing your street style look or texting your friends about Friday night, you need a nail polish that doesn’t chip and Super Gel, £5.99, has you sorted. Go for classics like nudes and reds for a mani that matches every outfit, or try something bright like Blue Babe. Add the Top Coat, £5.99, and it will last from London to Paris.
The brightening blusher
They don’t call it Fashion Week fatigue for nothing, and the struggle to look fresh is really real. However, you can always fake it with a touch of creamy blusher. Pop the ultra-portable Royal Blush, £4.49, in your bag for on-the-go pick-me-ups, then dab it on with fingers for a powder finish that really lasts.
The a la Moss lipstick
What better way to celebrate Fashion Week than wearing a lipstick designed by a model? That’s where Kate Moss’ 15th anniversary collection of lipsticks, £6.49 each, steps in. For the ultimate Kate shade, wear her signature beige My Nude with mascara’d lashes, or go for a flash of berry red with a swipe of Retro Red.
The to-the-max mascara
There’s no such thing as ‘minimal mascara’ when it comes to London Fashion Week. Go full and impactful with Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara, £6.99, which volumises lashes from corner to corner. This is a must to apply in the morning before you head out the door, then add a second coat come evening when drinks with the girls begin.
Now, brush up on the makeup colours you should be wearing for AW16. Click here for our round-up of this season’s ultimate hues…