From Backstage To Bathroom, Can I Pull Off This LFW Catwalk Look at Home?

It’s all very well and good rocking giant purple eyeliner and blue lips on the catwalk or the Somerset House quad but can ANY of these looks actually translate to the real world? 

Despite my undying love for makeup, I don’t really experiment with colours and  wild shapes so this is quite out of my comfort zone.  I’m interested to see how this turns out!

I’ve chosen a catwalk look which isn’t tooo ‘out there’ but still has a strong nod to the makeup trends spotted at London Fashion Week. 

What Look Are We Trying Today?

It’s the metallic eye from the 1205 SS15 show. The 1205 collection was all about elaborate ornamentation and the makeup (by Maria Comparetto) was allll about the eyes. 

It’s a strong yet subdued metallic eye, in a warm copper bronze shade and all the way up to the brow bone. Big stuff! 

I like a metallic eye, but I never brave wearing it that high up – I think the colour should be easy enough to pull off but is it going to look like I’ve got bronze bruised eyes? Maybe? Let’s FIND OUT, shall we>

The Kit.

Maria Comparetto used INIKA – the award winning organic and cruelty-free makeup range. I’ve not used INIKA before this but I loveeee trying new stuff (aka adding MORE to my makeup collection.)

I also love the fact that it’s vegan, ethical, halal, recyclable, paraben free –  basically EVERYTHING that’s good within the cosmetic world

Having now tried INIKA, I can tell you that everything is very comparable to high-end brands in terms of quality and pigment. The only downside for me is that the packaging isn’t quite up there, I guess being made of recyclable materials limits you somewhat but other than the boxes, they looked quite high-street.

For this look you need a base, three eyeshadow colours and a blending brush. A fluffy or domed eyeshadow brush is best – the denser the better when working with light powders.

For ultimate authenticity, I’ve used the actual INIKA eyeshadows which were used backstage at the 1205 show but essentially you need a medium copper colour, a darker bronze and a light shimmery colour to highlight.

STEP 1 – Brush the Champagne Creme Eye Shadow all over the eye to form a base. This will even out the skin and create a smooth canvas for your eyeshadows.

STEP 2 – Apply a light shimmer to the inner corner of the eye – the colour used for the 1205 look was the Mineral Eyeshadow in Gold Dust

These eyeshadows can be used wet or dry and are vegan, cruelty free AND halal… like some sort of superhero eyeshadow!

STEP 3 – Take your mid-copper shadow and apply to the center of the eyelid. I’m using Copper Crush which scares me a bit!!! (Okay, I lie – it scares me A LOT)

Straight onto the eye it looks almost ORANGE, cannot wait to finish the look and hope it comes out okay!! Hmm… 

STEP 4 – Mix some of the darkest shadow with your copper and apply to the outer corners. Don’t worry about hard lines or going over the socket, you’re going deep up to the brow in a bit! This is no time to be messing about!

This shade I’m using is Burnt Sienna, a universal please-all brown. It works nicely with copper, grey, black, day or night!

STEP 5 – Mix all the shades together and then buff along the socket, all the way up to the brow bone. BIG TIME. 

I literally feel like I have two bronze black-eyes but it does looks better now, once it’s blended in.

Step 6 – To make the look more wearable, I added a very thin line of eyeliner for some more definition. I’m using the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner – I love how crisp it is!

STEP 7 – Finish off with a nude toned lippie to focus the emphasis on the eyes. I’m using the INIKA Vegan Mineral Lipstick in Naked Ambition.

At 1205, they also used the INIKA lipstick on cheeks! Nude lipsticks are suprisingly good at adding a natural and healthy looking bit of colour.

So there’s the finished look!

Would I wear it at home? A metallic eye is probably easier to pull off at the shimmery elements make it more subtle than a block colour on the eyelid.

Not sure if I’d go full-on for an every day look, but I’d definitely think about taking makeup higher towards the brow now…. I think!!

 I’ve also really enjoyed using INIKA cosmetics – will definitely look into the rest of the range now. (And when I say look into, I mean find more makeup treats to covet and hoard)

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By Zoe Dubs

Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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