Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Trend on Trial: Up-do, liner & lips

tothero.jpg
hero22.jpg

At a time when everyone is talking about ’no make-up make-up’ and perfectly undone hair (yes, we realise that’s an oxymoron) it feels like attempting all-out, I-need-at-least two- hours glamour flies in the face of reality. The look at Dolce & Gabbana’s a/w 2013 show was not one of restraint. Make-up artist Pat McGrath pulled out the big guns with heavily lined eyes, deep claret lips and velvety complexions while hair received the same all-or-nothing treatment with stylist Guido Palau teasing it into a glossy bouffant beehive. Together they’re a statement that confidently screams Tippi Hedren. This ultra-glam look may well have worked in Sixties Hollywood but does it look out of place today?

Evie Leatham Stylist’s Beauty Director says:

This harks back to an altogether different era. I drew along lashes with a thick inky felt-tipped liner and slathered on enough red lipstick to leave pucker marks on a fair few men’s upturned cheeks. I love the liner, the lips, the precisely backcombed hair – but separately. All three together is too Stepford-Wife-collides-with stunning- Italian-matriarch. There’s something undeniably elegant about looking this level of ‘done’ but I fear it’s from another world, along with pill-box hats, crocodile vanity cases and a little more time on one’s hands.

Anita Bhagwandas Stylist’s Beauty and Features Writer says:

A full-on ’hive seems weird to me – too reminiscent to be cool and too contained to be modern; when I’ve tried it before I’ve ended up looking like a rogue Supreme. This mini-hive, however, is ace. After a night on the lash, my hair is jutting out in every direction, so smoothing it out, plumping it up and pinning it down is a veritable saviour. A slick of red across my lips and a winged out eyeliner amps up the glam factor. My toolkit: Redken Quick Tease, a tailcomb and plenty of guile. This is the ultimate way to look polished.

Samantha Flowers, Stylist’s Beauty Editor Says:

There is such a thing as too much. Backstage at Dolce, I loved watching hair and make-up gods Palau and McGrath create this look, but in reality it’s just all wrong on me. An up-do, winged liner and a red lip? No, no, no. Pick one and stick to it.

VERDICT

Ultra-sophisticated? Yes. Thoroughly lady-like? Totally. But who has the time? We love elements of this look; the feline eye is beautiful, the dark lips are a wintery alternative to red, and we will definitely be giving the beehive another go. But given that we subscribe to the less-is-more approach to beauty, we’ll be picking and choosing one element at a time.

Related

trend-on-trial-hero.jpg

Trend on trial: windswept hair

tot-hero.jpg

Trend on trial: drawn on eyelashes

lucy-tot-hero.jpg

Lucy Mangan does Trend on Trial

Comments

More

This is the £4.49 highlighter that's been selling out all summer long

Say hello to the latest must-have beauty product...

by Megan Murray
20 Jul 2017

Ask the experts: golden skincare rules to follow in summer

Head this way for the ultimate guide

by Sarah Biddlecombe
19 Jul 2017

Emily Ratajkowski: we need to stop oversexualising breasts

“They aren't vulgar or offensive”

by Anna Brech
19 Jul 2017

The secret beauty detail we’ve all been missing in Game of Thrones

There’s more to Sansa Stark’s hair than meets the eye…

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jul 2017

Three easy ways to work hot holiday hair for cocktail nights out

Chic styles for glamour and presence

17 Jul 2017

Act of dignity: US beautician gives free haircuts to the homeless

“I just figured I'd lift people up a little bit”

by Anna Brech
13 Jul 2017

This is the most popular nude lipstick on Pinterest

And it costs less than £4

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jul 2017

Why we should all be cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising our hair

Your classic facial routine now applies above the hairline

11 Jul 2017

A-list hair makeovers: the best hair colour transformations

From Cheryl Cole’s new look to Chrissy Teigen’s strawberry-blonde makeover

10 Jul 2017

Lazy day brunch styles in three easy steps

Quick-fix and versatile 'dos

10 Jul 2017