MBFWA sees a crew of incredibly talented hairstylists and makeup artists coming together with local designers to create looks complimentary to their collections. But they're always sure to inject their own trend forecasts into each show.
Each look is created with these trends in mind, and incorporate both the individual artists' skills with ground-breaking and highly effective products. This year, we grilled each stylist and artist for their ultimate beauty hacks, and they did not disappoint.
Here, we round up the best hacks we picked up at MBFWA 2018.
MICHELE MCQUILLAN, TIGI FOR PEREIRA FITZGERALD
"So that [waves] don't look too uniform, I tong one way, and then the next section, I go the other way. And if the hair is quite long, I go one way, and with the mid-lengths and ends, I'll go the other way. Otherwise it goes too pretty, you don't want too pretty. It's like cool girl, chic, French undone 'takes hours to do' hair."
LAUREN MCCOWAN, CLOUD NINE AND EVO FOR C/MEO COLLECTIVE
"You know when you have super oily hair, and you just want to get through one more day, and dry shampoo's not really cutting it? Get sea salt spray — I use evo Salty Dog ($37 at lookfantastic) because it's got glycerine and it's got a moisturiser in it — dampen the hair down with it at the roots, and then put dry shampoo over the top while it's damp and blow dry it in, and it will literally feel like you have a fresh blow dry. It is an epic hack, it is the best hack ever."
LARA SROKOWSKI, LANCÔME FOR C/MEO COLLECTIVE
"I always suggest to my artists to use a mix of three brushes when they're applying their foundation. Apply a small amount of foundation with a foundation brush, then get a big fluffy brush and buff it out. Then, if you have a blemish or anything else you want to cover, you go in with your little pin point brush and you kind of spot conceal with the foundation. So [the face] is really effortless, and there's no full coverage anywhere where you don't want it."
MARIE CAIN, REDKEN FOR I. AM. GIA
"Step away. I think we can all take something from that when we're doing our own hair. If you just keep working it when it's not working — if you just keep adding more heat and more product — the best thing is to step away. That's not to say you step away and don't do anything about it. Just let it cool down. Add a bit of water, relax, let it settle, and then come back to it.
PETER BEARD, SEPHORA COLLECTION FOR ROMANCE WAS BORN
"You know when you've worn your makeup all day and it's starting to look a little dry? Get a little bit of an oil-free moisturiser (try Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Matifying Fluid, $48 at Sephora), put it on a fan brush, and swirl it all over your face. That way, everything gets the moisture back and it re-blends everything. Then, do your makeup again. It's a very quick way to touch up your skin if you maybe don't have any time, or maybe you don't want to completely take your foundation off."
RENYA XYDIS, CLOUD NINE FOR CLIENT LIASON DELUXE LINE
"I use dry shampoo to blow dry hair. I put it in wet, and then I blast it out. And then that just gives more volume."
ALAN WHILE, DE LORENZO FOR LEE MATHEWS
"If your hair looks too 'done' and you want it to look more natural, just spray some sort of salt spray in it. That way, it'll take that 'I've just waved my hair' look out.
LARA SROKOWSKI, LANCÔME FOR THOMAS PUTTICK
[My] secret weapon is Lancôme Génifique ($130 from their site). If the skin's looking a bit dry, I'll pat some into the skin. Or I'll even use it on the lips instead of a balm. And before the models hit the runway, I'll apply Génifique just to the tops of the cheek bones. It's a serum that has a really fine texture, and it softens the highlight but makes it a little bit wet looking."
NICOLE “PINKY” THOMPSON, MAC FOR CLIENT LIASON DELUXE LINE
"Lipliners. I use lip liners more than any other pencil in my kit, because I use them on the eyes as well" So I love a nude lip liner, it's an amazing base on the eye for a really nice tan eye makeup look. Lipliners are kind of a little hidden gem in your kit, you can create such a great base, they don't move because they're designed to stay on the lip."
COLETTE MILLER, MODELCO FOR I. AM. GIA
"If something's looking a bit too 'makeup-y', you can always just go in with your hands and use the warmth of your hands with a little bit of hydrating spray, and just push it in to give it more of a lived-in look."
BYRON TURNBULL, EDWARDS AND CO. & KEVIN.MURPHY FOR ANNA QUAN
"The easiest way to rough up hair is with a towel. So you fold over a kitchen towel and you wrap it around the head, and then you get a bit of frizziness from the static created by the towel. That's one thing I picked up many years ago that we still use on every show pretty much."
CLAIRE THOMPSON, GUERLAIN FOR LEE MATTHEWS
"We've used the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in '555' ($74 at Sephora) on the lips, cheeks, and across the bridge of the nose so it kind of gives you that 'flushed skin from the sun look'. We've got quite a different range of ethnicities amongst the girls in the show — and I wanted to choose a shade of lipstick that kind of suited everybody. I get sick of the idea that there's one set of rules for this person and one set of rules for another; and I was like no, let's do the same set of rules for everyone."
DIANE GORGIEVSKI (CREATIVE DIRECTOR), TONI & GUY FOR CAMILLA AND MARC
"[The key is] what not to do! Some of the most beautiful shows I have seen have been about the lightness and cleanness of the hair. Sexy soft hair can be licked by a 1" tong and become camera-ready without weighing it down too much — this is cool girl hair."
LARA SROKOWSKI (NATIONAL MAKEUP DIRECTOR), LANCÔME FOR MACGRAW
"[In Korea], they do this funny technique that they call 'drunk monkey', I don't know if that's the exact name. They'll do their skincare, and they'll put blush in a triangle all the way underneath their eye, and then they'll put foundation on top. And it actually works really well, and covers their dark circles. When it tried it myself, it really worked. I've got quite a slim face, and it gave it volume, so I loved it."
TRAVIS BALCKE, BALMAIN HAIR COUTURE FOR ALBUS LUMEN
"Accentuate the comb marks when combing your hair back. Look like you have put some effort into scraping it back. I use the Balmain Paris Hair Couture Styling Gel Strong ($119 at Amazon) to do this. Also, as parting the hair can depend on face shape, this can be accentuated to enhance natural features. Try shifting your part slightly to see if pushing the boundaries of where you start the part gives it a better shape and enhance your features more."
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.au.
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