SS16 at Emilia Wickstead was a 50s inspired affair - playful and feminine, with an array of floral prints and muted hues. And those pointed slingback flats.. I'll take one of each pair in a size 5, thank you very much.
Skincare was taken care of by Sunday Riley - including some exciting new Pro Cleanse products, exclusive to backstage. Any existing makeup from models' previous shows was removed with the Pro Cleansing Water, followed by a deep cleanse with the Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, out this month and it is incredible. I can't wait to share my thoughts with you! For the models with oilier skin, the Ceramic Slip cleanser was used with Good Genes to follow which acted as a flash facial. On all models, Pro Flower Acid Toner was applied to gently exfoliate and refresh the skin. Depending on skin type, one of the three oils - Juno, Artemis or Flora - was applied to hydrate further and final step of makeup was a spritz of the Pro Luminous Gel Mist. I really hope that the mist at least makes it to the permanent line in the near future!
With Chantecaille in charge of the beauty look, SS16 at Wickstead was all about that perfect porcelain skin - fresh and minimal, yet flawless. Cult favourite Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser hydrated the skin and gave it a perfected finish, and the Total Concealer masked any blemishes effortlessly. Liquid Lumière Illuminators - shades Sheen and Luster - were applied to add a soft highlight and a pop of colour on the cheeks came from Cheek Gelée in shade Happy. Eyes just had a little mascara on the lashes, and balm on the lids for shine. Finally, the Lip Chic in Geranium was applied to models. A 90s inspired face for a 50s inspired collection.
Finally, Babyliss were on hand for hair and it had the same feel as the beauty look - effortless, cool and pared-down pretty. Think Downtown NY girl. Hair was rough-dried with the new Babyliss 3Q Hairdryer, which dries hair in a flash; I've been trying it out for myself and I'm super impressed with it after just a couple of uses. More on that very soon! A natural-looking loose kink was added to the mid-lengths with a large curling tong and a low loose ponytail was created. All very laid-back; even the parting was off-centre and super relaxed, and a regular, non-metal band was used. You can be cool and still care about hair damage FYI!