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From star-shaped fringes to glitter tears, the best London Fashion Week beauty looks to recreate at home

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London has become known for its beauty bravery. 

So when it comes to fashion week trends, the designers in this city are never scared to venture beyond the borders of our beauty safe zones. 

Which is great news for the backstage makeup artists and hair stylists who are given (almost) free reign to try their most creative and awe-inspiring looks on the models. 

If you've become a little bored with your signature red lip or daily smoky eye, these are the London Fashion Week beauty looks to inspire you to experiment. 

Warning: you're going to need to make room in your makeup bag for a little glitter...

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  • Mary Katrantzou

    The look: star-shaped fringes

    Echoing the star motifs on Katrantzou's autumn/winter collection, hair stylist Duffy moulded fringes into shiny star shapes that framed the face. 

    To recreate: A strong-hold gel is the only thing that will keep the hair in the star shape. Backstage, Duffy used Tecni.art Glue, £11.40, L'Oreal Professionnel and a pair chopsticks (yes, chopsticks) to smooth the hair onto the forehead. 

     

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  • Holly Fulton

    The look: silver-leaf eyes

    Makeup artist Sam Bryant gave the models' eyes a futuristic feel with real silver-leaf dappled onto the skin just above the eye crease.

    To recreate: It's a messy job (trust us, we've tried) but the key is in the adhesive. Bryant used Mixing Medium Shine, £16, Mac before laying a sheet of silver leaf on top, and brushing away the excess with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. 

     

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  • Topshop Unique

    The look: punk-meets-60s attitude

    Topshop beauty consultant, Hannah Murray, created one of the boldest looks we've seen on the Topshop runway. It's a strong eyeliner flick, made with no fewer than three different eyeliners, and isn't for the faint-hearted. 

    To recreate: Use a kohl liner to softly sketch the shape and then fill in with a denser formula like Gel Liner in Ink, £8, Topshop and an angled brush. Finish by applying a few strokes of liquid eyeliner in the centre of the lash line to add a band of high gloss. 

     

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  • Buberry Prorsum

    The look: tears of joy

    "Earthy opulence" is how Burberry's makeup artistic consultant Wendy Rowe described this look. Models eyes were smoky with a smudge of grey shadow offset with tears of glitter streaming down their cheeks. 

    To recreate: Burberry's Shimmer Dust will be available to buy in August but until then, use an eyeshadow stick close to your skin tone (backstage they used Eye Colour Contour, £23, Burberry) where you want the tears and then pat on gold and blue glitter. Mac have a great selection. 

     

    Image: Burberry

  • Charlotte Olympia

    The look: glam glitter lips

    The references that inspired this look might actually be our favourite of the week. “Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets a Guy Bourdin girl at a Warhol factory party," is what Val Garland told us backstage. 

    To recreate: The key to making this look work for you is the barely-there eye: keep the focus on the lips and it won't look too overdone. Try Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama, £21, Mac which has just the right amount of stickiness to hold the glitter on top. 

    Looking for other ways to reinvent a bold lip? Here we uncover three fresh new ways to wear red. 

     

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  • David Koma

    The look: sci-fi eye-li

    “A tiny twist on a classic eyeliner – graphic and slightly futuristic," is how makeup maestro Andrew Gallimore described his liner look at David Koma. 

    To recreate: Starting from the centre of the pupil, apply a black kohl liner (try Mirorque Kohlliner, £18.50, NARS) tight along both the top and bottom lash lines meeting at the inner corner with a point. Keep a cotton bud dipped in make-up remove on hand for tidying up any mistakes. 

     

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  • Vivienne Westwood Red Label

    The look: fallen angel curls

    Vivienne Westwood briefed hair stylist Mark Hampton to create angels, who have fallen onto the catwalk resulting in a head of dishevelled soft curls. 

    To recreate: Backstage, the models' hair was prepped with 3D Volumiser, £7.49, Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe to give it guts and grip to hold the tight curls created by a small barrelled tong. 

    Hampton's top tip for saving time? Take a section of hair at the crown, twist and pin to the head to reduce the amount of hair you need to curl. 

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  • Bora Aksu

    The look: purple haze eyes

    Georgina Graham worked with Kiko Cosmetics to create this ombre-toned eye with no less than six shades of shadow. 

    To recreate: Pick your palette from Kiko's High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyshadows, £5.90 each and be sure to arm yourself with a fluffy blending brush for seamlessly diffused colour. 

    Don't fancy something so punchy? Tone the look down by applying eyeshadow no further than the crease.

     

    Image: Rex