Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia kicked off in spectacular style with one of Australia’s iconic designers, Carla Zampatti showcasing a beautiful range of stunning pieces on the runway.

Image by Matthew Raabus from Mirar

Image by Matthew Raabus from Mirar

Couturing went behind the scenes to get behind the look created for the show by the master minds at Redken and Maybelline New York.


Makeup by Maybelline New York

Nigel Stanislaus from Maybelline New York created a beautifully modern industrial look for the show. In his words, the look was “sophisticated and minimal….simple clever and smart” using minimal foundation and using a contour stick to create light and moistness to the look. The show featured bright low industrial lighting down the runway to create a futuristic industrial feel.


For the face, Maybelline NY FITme 2-in-1 Foundation stick was used to contour and the Maybelline NY EyeStudio Color Tattoo in Too Cool  was used to highlight areas of the face and create the wet look under the lighting. The focus on the face was on the eyes specifically the line under the eye using Maybelline NY Color Show Crayon Kohl Liner in Black, creating an illusion of an almond eye. The line was strong under the eye but with a smudge at the end to give it texture. Maybelline NY Full N Soft Mascara was used to open the eye. Over the lids and cheeks, Maybelline NY Baby lips was melted on the back of the hand and brushed on the face to add a shine and wetness to the face and lids. Lips were kept neutral with Maybelline NY Color Sensational Lip Color in On the Move used as a light base and then Maybelline NY Color Sensational Stripped Nudes in Honey Beige used over the top. Honey Beige was also used on the face to create extra gloss and help sculpt the face.


The overall look, Nigel said was “understated but still with impact” and “showed glowing luminous skin whilst playing with texture and sculpture”which is exactly what it was down the runway!

Hair by Redken Australia

Darren Borthwick, Hair Director for Redken Australia created a sleek and stunning look for the runway. The brief was for a slick and sculptured look with a play on light.


“For this hair look it was all about making the hair ultra, ultra shiny.  To get that effect I mixed a gel and Redken Argan-6 Oil to create that high shine factor,” says Darren Borthwick.  “I also really wanted to play with the light that featured on the runway.  I wanted to create something quite graphic and slick that played on the light.  I worked really closely with Carla on this look and personally, I wanted to make something that was quite different,” continued Borthwick.

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Redken for Men Stand tough gel was used as it was pliable but with strong hold. Combed into a low pony tail, the look was finished with a spray of Redken shine flash 02 glistening to give it shine as the models’ walked down the runway.

About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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