The products makeup artists were actually using backstage at London Fashion Week

The products makeup artists were actually using backstage at London Fashion Week

March 1, 2022

The buzz of London Fashion Week might be over, but the makeup artists that worked the shows are still off on shoots using their top products to create longwearing perfected makeup looks.

We had backstage access to Harris Reed’s runway show, at which Terry Barber was the lead makeup artist.

Working with MAC Cosmetic’s pro team, we got to see which products made the cut to be worked with on models faces – withstanding bright stage lighting and long hours.

The vibe backstage was ‘reworked glam’, taking older notions of beauty and bringing them into the present day.

Speaking to a small group of journalists, Terry Barber explained: ‘It’s a bit of 80s and 90s, and there’s a feeling for that at the moment.

Backstage at #londonfashionweek with @maccosmetics and legendary MUA Terry Barber for Harris Reed 💄 #backstage #lfw2022 #maccosmetics

‘I like exploring those as they’re almost standard templates.

‘Exploring those, tweaking them and making them new… it’s like borrowing stuff and redoing it.’

Just as fashion is having its Y2K moment, beauty is borrowing looks of yesteryear.

The focus was a sharp red lip with peaked cupid’s bow arches and blackened eyes, in an exaggerated Hollywood glam style that’s easily adapted for everyday wear just by dialing back the colour intensity.

Terry used MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lip in Feel So Grand, saying ‘to me it’s pure 80s’, along with Paint Pot in Black Mirror, which can double up as a liner and shadow.

To create flawless skin, Terry used MAC’s Face and Body – a long-loved makeup artist favourite that can be worn lightly or layered on.

He says: ‘I used face and body as you can put quite a lot on, it’s not just a tint.

‘Then we used the Studio Finish Conceal and Correct Palettes.

‘We did a warm base with face and body, then a cooler concealer and did a triangle under the eyes, a T on the forehead and T-zone, a dot on the chin.’

This makes skin look ‘arrow sharp’ and more angular.

Finally, he added a touch of black in the hollows of the models’ cheekbones to emphasise any natural shadows, then smoothed over everything with powder to blend it in.

Show ready.

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