Pastels, pops of colour and other AAFW makeup trends to know straight from the runway

Now that Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is done and dusted, it’s time to take a look back at the makeup trends and look breakdowns from the most memorable shows. Find out what makeup looks your clients will be asking for when the warmer months hit thanks to the top makeup talent working behind the scenes at Sydney’s iconic venues. Think strategically placed, geometric pops of bold colour on eyes and lips, luminous skin and lots of pastels.


The AAFW makeup trends that hit the runway at the Romance Was Born show were all about colour,  colour… and even more colour. Makeup artist and creative director Nicole Thompson stepped into the realm of couture beauty drawing inspiration from fashion illustrators of the eighties Peter Sato and Antonio Lopes, creating groundbreaking looks using pastel colours, glitter and holographic pieces. Thomson went full eighties utilising a draping blush technique that contoured eyes and cheeks with pastel splashes of yellow, baby blue, pink and lavender. Individuality and diversity were a key theme for the show, so bold, colourful eighties looks were contrasted with bare faces adorned with crystals.   


Michael Lo Sordo picked right up where Romance Was Born left off. Minimal makeup was used in the exquisite exhibition of holographic glitter. Models strutted the runway with just a flick of mascara, a brush of the brows and a sweep of clear gloss across the lips. Makeup artist Stoj Bulic gave the glitter a starring role, creating a dazzling showcase of blues and pinks twinkling across the face under the light. 


Drawing inspiration from the likes of David Bowie, Grace Jones and ‘Kiss’, Creative director Carol Mackie turned back time at the Alice McCall runway show, creating looks synonymous with the 1970s and 1980s. Mackie’s vision delivered looks ranging from grungy and bold, to classic seventies pastels. From soft seventies pastels, updated with a wet look sheen and brown-based nude lips to outlandish rock’n’roll looks that featured jewel toned eyes, black liner and matte, full coverage skin, the beauty looks captured the essence of the seventies. Get grunge: Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation, Megan Potter Cosmetics Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Attention Seeker, Megan Potter Cosmetics Natural Mineral Shadow Liner in Charcoal, Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick in Ella. 


Ginger & Smart was yet another runway jumping on the ‘pastel shadow and ‘90s glowing skin’ bandwagon. Lancome Artistic Director Lara Srokowski focused on a soft fresh base, with luminous skin complimented by pouty lips and fluffy brows. The eyes were the focal point, defined by vibrant, pastel colours that correlated with the brightly coloured garments on show. Get the look: Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser (SPF 15), Jane Iredale PureBrow Brow Gel, Curtis Collection Lip Plump Gloss in Obsession, Megan Potter Cosmetics Natural Mineral Eye Shadow in Rain Dance. 


 While Romance Was Born and Alice McCall brought bold colours and textures, pared back looks with singular focal points were seen at other runways. Creative makeup director Anne Salem chose a bold red lip and bronze skin to debut Bondi Born’s Resort ‘22 collection. Each model, looking as if ready for a tropical island vacation, flaunted a naturally radiant complexion, fluffy brows and a neutral lid, allowing attention to be drawn to a statement lip. Get the look: Jane Iredale Liquid Mineral A Foundation, Jane Iredale Glow Time Highlighter Stick, Ere Perez Argan Brow Hero, Trinny London Lip2Cheek in Rossy. Read more about Clarins for Bondi Born here and other AAFW makeup trends.

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