How to Highlight With Oil at Peter Pilotto

Why strobe when you can moisturize?

Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.

SHOW: Peter Pilotto

CITY: London

THE LOOK: In the words of Val Garland, the look at Pilotto’s show was “polished Peruvian perfection.” 

INSPO: Globetrotters devoted to seeing the world, with a little hint of an unruly spirit dwelling under the surface.

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Val Garland, Hairstylist Anthony Turner, Manicurist Marian Newman 

BEAUTY MVPs:  MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils, L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil, MAC Liquid Pigment Top Coat in Pink Pearl

TOP TIPS: Getting hair to hang properly when tucked behind the ears is an art, but fortunately one that Anthony Turner has a trick to perfecting: “Take a small portion of hair from just below the ear on both sides of your head and pull it into two tiny ponytails under the body of hair on either side of your head.” Once secured, this ponytail will reduce the amount of hair sitting next to your face and therefore make the front portion sit snugly around the head.

There’s also a knack to faking the healthy sheen seen on the model’s faces. Rather than rely on highlighter, which wouldn’t quite be subtle enough to fake the healthy glow accrued from travel, Garland used a fan brush to stroke a veil of oils over the face and through brows to add light.

WORDS FROM THE WISE: “Turn a matte lipstick into a stain by adding oils,” advised Garland. “That way, you’ll avoid the hyper shine of a lip gloss while still being able to infuse lips with a dose of color.”

TREND TALLY: All-over shine is quickly replacing strategic strobing, with glittery and glossy skin spotted at Altuzarra, Gareth Pugh, Preen, and Hood by Hair.

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