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Beauty trends we weren't expecting from London Fashion Week

Neon Fix

From elephant tails to ombré eyes, here are the eight most INTERESTING beauty trends that London Fashion Week has thrown up from behind the backstage scenes so far

 

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Sun damage de rigueur 
The fashion for freckles finally makes it way from the neck down as seen at Preen, where Nicola Joss, global tanning and skin finishing expert for St Tropez "took the delicate dusting of freckles down from the face and onto the chest, arms and legs." 

Giant bows 
Take a bow, a giant one, because it's time to super size accessorise say Sibling, under the helm of hair stylist Kenna. We love an Alice band n' all, though of this big trend we may have to bow out. 

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Ombré eyeliner 
For Holly Fulton's faces - created in the name of "youth, elegance and modernity," explained lead make-up artist Andrew Gallimore - we think we spotted ombre eyeliner. From icy blue on the inner corners to an electric hue on the outer, yes Gallimore had taken the current trend for a dip-dye to the eye, using MAC's Chromographic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan blended seamlessly into the Pure White shade by the time it go to the tear duct. We're now just waiting for eyelights. 

Brideshead revisited 
After a sizeable portion of ponytails (which even he admits he's bored of) it was only a matter of shows before international backstage hair stylist James Pecis did something different. But we had to wait until the Julian Macdonald show, where Pecis decided to veil the tightly cropped and braided head of hair belonging to the last model (wearing the £4 million wedding dress by the way) all over with lace cut outs for his take on bridal beauty. 

Lace n locks by @jamespecis @julienmacdonald #hair #lfw said @stiffyhm. Photo: @stiffyhm

Evangelical sweat beads 
Was it the lighting, was it the nerves, was it the thought they had another four days to go at LFW that had got the models into a cold sweat? No, it was in fact gel skin, carved and cooked into sweat-beads by Andrew Gallimore, the lead make-up artist for Teatum Jones who had spent hours the night before melting the creations in his microwave. Why was she sweating we asked? Inspired by a young Nina Simone, "the Teatum Jones girl is in an evangelical frenzy," he explained. 

Photo: @andrewgallimakeup

Pearl finish Princess Margaret manicures 
"Pearl finishes are the least forgiving. On little old ladies who wear pearl polish you can always spot every ridge and snag," admitted nail artist Michelle Humphries, the Maybelline nail expert who led the backstage pearl-on-pearl manicure team for Shrimps. But create it they did, with Princess Margaret as the inspiration: "The trick is to use a good base coat, and buff your nails beforehand," according to Humphries, and use a thicker polish just like Maybelline's Marshmellow. It's been a while, but we may just give pearl a whirl. 

Elephant tails at Bora Asku 
Apparently it's not just ponytails we'll be wearing in six months time, it's Nelly the elephant's tail too, as illustrated on the Bora Asku runway. 

Photo: Isadore Montag

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Chain Nail 
Mariana Jungmann's manicure team decided to pierce nails and hang fine metal chains from the long, shiny tips like a gun-metal waterfall. Just mind how you text. 

Photo: @_zeromagazine

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Get The Faux Lash Effect W/O The Mess

Neon Fix

Want more volume out of your mascara? Allow your first coat of mascara to set for about 60 seconds. Next build more product at the root of the lash before running through to the tip!  Repeat as desired. This technique will give you that Faux lash effect without having to deal with messy glue and time consuming application. 

My fave for building try Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara by Rimmel London

Gives you a flexible, semi-glossy, moisturized looking lash finish. Does not leave lashes looking dry and flaky. 

Artist Spotlight: Lilly Jean. . . From Fashion to Makeup Artistry

Neon Fix

Neon Interviews NY based Makeup Artist Lilly Jean about her Personal Beauty Journey, from Adolescent to her current Beauty Bombshell status. She also spills about leaving her International fashion career behind for contours, highlights, airbrush & lashes.

 

J:    Lilly, How would you describe your Personal Beauty Evolution?

L:    My mom would cut my hair short & Like a lot of young girls, I started playing with nail polish . . .

Then as a teen I grew my hair super long and wore it curly.

 I became obsessed with a particular Revlon Nude flesh tone color lip stick & gloss. I used to by them in bulk 5/6 at a time. I would always stock up on my favorites.

I also started wearing black kohl liner, mascara & thin Dark brows filled in with pencil. Maintaining Healthy skin came next; exfoliating & maintaing a daily skin care regimen specific to my skin type.

J:    When Did you start to develop a an affinity to wearing color as opposed to nude? 

L:    My friend Daniella bought ruby woo when it came out and then forced me to try it. After that I was hooked. I Then started experimenting with oranges, deep burgundy's, & coral. "I Hate Pink ." "I like it on other people just not on me.

 

J:    When did you decide to enter the Beauty / fashion industry as a professional as opposed to a consumer?

L:    Well Neon first came fashion. When I lived In Johannesburg, I managed several Hi end Brands; La Perla, Diesel, Style Lab & Dsquared2 . Because of my entrepreneurial spirit I simultaneously started importing wholesale products from LA; denim, other various clothing, accessories, bags, & working on my own designs; clothing, jewelry, bags.

My designs have been featured in Elle Magazine , Cosmopolitan & FHM and sold in exclusive boutiques; Ruby in the dust & life .  I was extremely successful & ended up leaving retail management and moving to LA because me business was growing so fast. 


J:    When did you decide to enter the Beauty Industry?

L:    When I arrived in NY I became discouraged because the design industry was too saturated.  I was looking to change career and still do something that helped adorn the human body. Skin is a natural extension of beauty &I wanted to do something I loved . I enrolled in the  Lia Shorr Institute & received a license as an aesthetician and makeup artist. During the course I became more enamored with makeup artistry. Especially because I had  instructors who were into theatrical, editorial, & camouflage makeup. I took note of how huge the bridal industry is as well as how romantic, clean, & classic it is.  A friend raved about Neonfix/Prim & Per'fect and so I decided to do a Bridal Makeup Class with you and focus on creating waterproof, long wearing looks and booking brides .  As opposed to other places your class introduced me to airbrush as well as behind the scenes entrepreneurial insight into building a succesful Beauty Brand.


J:    How do the beauty Industry in other countries differ from NY

L:    Croatia & Johannesburg, South Africa Mac Cosmetics was available / but when I Moved to new york city where the cosmetic market was huge" I discovered Sephora and my life changed! " So it goes un said that in NYC I found a new appreciation for the Beauty Industry. I submersed my self in every facet from Hair extensions to highlights, Brazilian Hair Straightening, hair & skin care products,I developed a fetish for lashes, thinner & lighter fuller brows, Bronzers, Highlighting , contouring.


J:    What's your main focus when it comes to your personal style of Makeup artistry?

L:    I really focus on perfecting skin, highlighting & contouring. I think it's the most important. If your foundation is messed up or does not compliment your complexion it ruins your whole look.


J:    What are your short/long term career goals and what steps are you taking currently to propel you closer to achieving them?  

L:    I will be launching my website in a few weeks for my Brand LillyJeanMakeup.com, so I've been super busy shooting content for my portfolio. I love seeing my work come to life on camera. I'm also fine tuning my Airbrushing skills & consistently cultivating my Brands Online presence. In the future I plan on attending NYU's SPecial effects course & Launching my own makeup & skin care line. 


Cara Delevingne For Tom Ford’s ‘Black Orchid’ Fragrance

Neon Fix

We can’t get enough of Cara, and it looks like Tom Ford can’t either. The 22-year-old model went fully nude for his Black Orchid perfume campaign! Cara bares the naked truth while serving us a heavy dose of Sexy & her Signature brows!

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A Makeover for Vogue’s Website

Neon Fix

For more than 120 years, Vogue magazine has tried to present a rarefied world, filled each month with striking people and high fashion spread across several hundred glossy pages.

And yet, like other magazines, it has wrestled with how to translate its print sensibility to the openness and speed of online journalism.

On Wednesday, Vogue is expected to unveil a new website, its latest attempt to reflect the magazine’s ethos online. Both the editor in chief, Anna Wintour, and the creative director for digital, Sally Singer, acknowledge thatVogue’s site has yet to fulfill its potential and hope that this revamping represents a deeper change in what it offers web and mobile readers.

Ms. Singer, who had worked at Vogue for more than a decade before a stint as editor of The New York Times’s T Magazine, returned in November 2012. She said she wanted to try to create a more interactive and broader publication that did not replicate the magazine, but extended it — “a new Vogue under the auspices of Vogue.”

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The first version of Vogue’s website, introduced in 2010, “was much more a reflection of the magazine,” Ms. Wintour said. A small full-time staff of about seven, supplemented with freelancers and people on loan from the magazine, turned out a dozen or so articles a day that faithfully reflected the magazine, Ms. Singer said.

The new site has its own expanded staff now and its own space in the headquarters of its parent company, Condé Nast. It will cover news at a faster pace and will now mount its own fashion shoots. Familiar web fashion staples, like street style photographs, will continue to appear.

“The technology has obviously changed since Sally came on board,” Ms. Wintour said. “We can be much quicker, nimbler, make much more content available.”

It also has a redesigned look, with a cleanliness that has become the new convention for online design, created for easy navigation on a mobile device. Only one advertiser will appear on each page.

Vogue has redoubled its efforts in creating unique online content, which Ms. Singer sees as crucial to maintaining the magazine’s sensibility.

In May, the fashion photographer Mario Testino took over the magazine’sInstagram feed for the annual Met Gala, a benefit for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In June, the hairstylist Christiaan gave free haircuts in Madison Square Park, and the resulting photographs and videos were presented online.

Ms. Singer also highlighted a tiny 3-D printed replica of the model Karlie Kloss, dressed in what appeared to be a tiny couture outfit. The model of the model, she said, would be taken around the world and photographed for the website.

The site draws about 3.3 million unique visitors a month, Vogue says. (New York Magazine’s fashion site, The Cut, gets about four million, it says.)

Ms. Wintour said the new site had “the authority and the vision of the print magazine.”

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