You’ll Go Bananas For the Retro Beauty Look at Charlotte Olympia

Calling Carmen Miranda to the stage

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: Charlotte Olympia

CITY: London

THE LOOK: A vision of 30s Broadway beauty—but not cabaret (that word was banned backstage). Think Hollywood waves, bold lips and ‘moonicure’ red tips inspired by Charlotte’s signature mani.

INSPO: Jean Harlow meets Clara Bow meets Carmen Miranda. Basically, a screen siren that’s just hit Brazil to party—probably in banana motif heels.

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Val Garland, Hairstylist Sam McKnight, Manicurist Marian Newman

BEAUTY MVPs: Batiste Stylist Hydrating Oil Mist, Cloud Nine The O heated rollers, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me.

TOP TIPS: When the model lineup includes a fruit salad outfit change, it calls for a beauty look minus the novelty factor. No tangerine lips here. “The dancers are all sequins and legs so we created a Jean Harlow buzz with a brick-red matte lip and skinny brow for a nod to the 30s,” said Garland.

The retro wave continued with McKnight’s fresh spin on Hollywood hair: “Texture is key—dancers have a set curl with shine, while models are more Katharine Hepburn, with undone waves and a matte finish for a day-after feel.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: When you’re not exactly a ‘moonicure’ pro like Olympia (or nail queen Marian Newman), cheat. “Just buy those colored spot stickers from a stationery store,” Newman suggests. “Peel off and tidy up edges with a brush dipped in polish remover.”

TREND TALLY: A vivid matte lip easily seen from the cheap seats was also spotted at Mary Katrantzou, Versus Versace, Jason Wu, and Cushnie et Ochs.

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