Five beauty hacks we learned at London Fashion Week

Everyone loves a beauty hack! Anything that helps us look twice as good in half the time is a winner, and where better to learn the tricks of the trade than backstage at London Fashion Week? This is where the world’s top hair and make-up talent come to create the trends everyone will be trying next season, and they normally have about half the time they’d like to achieve it. Want to know how to wave your hair without tongs, bulk up lashes in one coat or use liner to create the neatest nail art ever? I’ve been backstage to squirrel these secrets and more for you!

1. The mess-free french manicure 

At Julien MacDonald, Nail Guru Jenni Draper cleverly used a black L’Oreal Superliner to create a dark french tip on nails with no mess. “It’s It’s really great as you can tidy it up with water without ruining the colour on the base of the nail. Put on one coat of Colour Riche A L’Huile in Apres Midi, it dries really quickly, then you draw on the liner over the free edge, top coat it and it stays on, magic!”


Val Garland and L’Oreal’s glamorous look at Julien Macdonald

2. Find your perfect side parting in seconds

At Erdem, hair was inspired by vintage Hollywood, was pulled into a glamorous, deeply side parted chignon by Anthony Turner for Bumble & Bumble. This is a look we’ll definitely be recreating for our next party, but how to find the most flattering place to part hair at home? “Line up the parting with the highest point in your eyebrow’s arch” says Anthony. Simple, genius! 

3. Add serious volume to lashes

Lashes are HUGE this season, in every sense of the word. If you want big, bad-girl volume fast, try MAC Make up Artist Adam De Cruz’s trick from Eudon Choi.”We did one coat of mascara, then pinched together lashes with fingers to clump together, then added more mascara with the end of the wand to coat. It’s a spiky, punky lash.”


4. Wave your hair without tonging 

At Julien Macdonald, Syd Hayes created a beautiful, natural wave in model’s hair using only a dryer, with a little help from an attachment you might remember! “We used a diffuser, just hold the hair in it for fresh, natural ‘not fussed’ texture. It’s quite nice going back to the eighties to give it a natural feel without using curling tongs, finish with L’Oreal Studio Pro Lock It Hairspray.”

5. Throw away your hair brush!

Continuing the trend for soft, natural-looking hair, Stephen Low of Neville used nothing but his fingers to tame model’s hair. What could be easier? “We did everything with our fingers, to get a nice natural texture coming through the hair. We prepped the hair with L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli, then raked it through with our hands and separated it at the ears. We don’t want it super slick and hard, a natural texture makes it more youthful – then add a little bit of serum and again pull it through the mid lengths and ends with your fingers. It gives a satin finish that looks really natural but so healthy.”