Red Lips Rule Once Again at Topshop Unique

Sleek strands meet mussed-up makeup

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: Topshop Unique

CITY: London

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Lynsey Alexander, Hairstylist Duffy, Manicurist Jenny Longworth

THE LOOK: “90s hacienda chick,” said Alexander. “She’s a bit of an urban traveler.”

INSPO: This woman is undeniably British, with a dash of glamour and a pinch of sexiness. She’s a traveler, a partygoer, and—more importantly—is always on the hunt for an adventure.

BEAUTY MVPs: Topshop Lip Mattifier, L’Oréal Professional Tecni Art Pli, Topshop Gel Nails in Spilt Milk

TOP TIPS: To get the super smooth strands seen on the runway, dust off your straightening iron. Duffy went over the models’ hair repeatedly to make sure it was ultra sleek. Once smooth, part at the center, arranging hair so that it hangs in glassy curtains.

WORDS FROM THE WISE: Once you’ve applied your makeup, break each element down a bit. “It’s about makeup that’s been done and then left to be undone—you want slightly clumpy black mascara, sexy sweaty skin, and a leftover vibrant, burnt red lip,” said Alexander of the look. Pushing a mattifier over a liquid lipstick helps diffuse the pigment and lend the mouth a more of a “lived-in” vibe.

TREND TALLY: Blurred lips were seen at Public School and Rosie Assoulin.

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