Fashion Week

London Fashion Week: Backstage at Mark Fast

Day 1 of London Fashion Week and we have a makeup-packed day of shows. We’ll be taking you through the looks created for each show, what went on backstage and share the products we used so you can recreate the catwalk look for yourself!

We are up early and backstage at Mark Fast, as we walk in there is a calm feeling around the room, models laughing and joking as the teams are doing the makeup, nails and hair around them.  The look and vibe is clear as soon as you walk in, a mix of bright green and purple eyes with contrasting pops of colour on the cheeks.

‘For Mark Fast I used our soon to be released Electro Tartan Palette, took the acid greeny shade from the side of the nose all the way up to the hair line and applied it all over the eyelid. To create a contrast I applied the dark green shade, which is a lot more intense in the corner of the eye and underneath and pulled it to the side. Then popped a white eyeliner in side, it’s very 80’s especially with our Creme Blusher in Laid, which is a blueish pink for the cheeks. The lips were left natural just added some moisturiser with groomed eyebrows. For the second eye look, we used a different colour but the same palette – the Christmas palette focusing on the pink tones. I took the Neon Pink shade, contrasting it with the purple for the underneath and the corner in exactly the same way. For the clashing eye and cheek combo, I took our Vapour Powder Eye Shadow which is like a tangerine yellow and actually an eye shadow but I used it as blusher. The idea is both of them to really clash.’

Pablo Rodriguez, Director or Artistry for Illamasqua


Once the make up, hair and all the touch ups were done it was it was show time. Neon snake print was a clear running theme through the outfits; Mixed with various bright colours, textures and even hints of neon through the hair with gel or in forms of bobbles paired with long plaits, loose pony tails or  tight buns. The bright eye and cheek combo but neutral face and the males fresh faced look complimented the vibe and mix of clothing being showcased, amazing work from Mark Fast and our Illamasqua team.

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See you at the next show!

Katie Shaw

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