With more than 10 shows on at MBFWA Day 2, we wanted to bring you all the coverage from backstage with all the makeup, hair, nail and skin directors so here is our first look at some of the beauty looks created for some amazing runway shows.



Makeup by M.A.C.

Nicole Thompson from M.A.C created a look that reflected the prints and graphics of the By Johnny collection. She created a very clean line on the eye, something that By Johnny designer Johnny Schembri wanted to see as “almost disconnected from the face, like the liner had been stuck on the eye”. Nicole used the M.A.C Chromaline in Black-Black and applied with a M.A.C 263 Small Angle Brush, to create the severe angular line.

Where possible, skin was left bare, conditioning the skin with M.A.C Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion and M.A.C. Essential Oils. By keeping the skin fresh, with the strong eyes it left the look with a modern feel. Just as a finishing touch, Nicole used M.A.C Shine Mixing Medium which is a clear shine product that is just patted onto the cheeks to get a nice sheen – a beautifully hydrated skin look.

Hair by Wella Professionals

The look created by Renya Xydis reflected the look of the type of woman who wears By Johnny clothes – stylish and elegant but with a modern twist. The twist in this beautiful hair look was the high pony tail was snaked through a hair clip and pinned at the nape of the neck to create a modern yet innovative look.

Nails by essie


Ali Magliveras for essie went for a nail shade that reflected Johnny’s sharp and moody collection. He wanted a nail shade that reflected the vibe of the collection but was bold and had an impact. Ali chose the darkest essie shade in liquorice to be tonal with the collection.

Two coats were applied to both hands and feet with a matte top coat applied. essie Quick-E drops helped to set the look. Ali recommended that when such a dark colour is applied that it’s works best with short nails.




Makeup by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Makeup director Alphie Sadsad created a luminous glowing and effortless skin look, “really keeping it simple so that the skin is radiant”. He used a treatment lotion and face oil to give more of a glow and radiance to the skin. To give the skin an extra boost of moisture, Alphie applied Illuminating Booster Balm to the face.

The transparent skin was given a touch of colour with the Lip Balm that contained caffeine to give the lips a flushed look, like the model has just gone for a brisk walk. Cream shadow was applied with a bit of gloss to give a bit of shine. Alphie called his look ‘effortless make makeup’ working with natural shadows, perfect for the Aje collection.

Hair by Goldwell and Prema


Dale Delaporte directed the styling element of the look. He wanted to keep with the “feminine shapes and textures of the Aje collection and incorporate it into the look”. He kept the femininity in the shape with the drop in the back and the bell shape and gave texture to the pony tail whilst keep the face soft.

To compliment this styling Kate McQuitty from Prema created the colour work for the runway working with coloured pieces to add to the style. Each hair piece was hand coloured to match each model’s hair colour with balayage on the ends. For those models with lighter hair, the hair piece was balayaged darker at the ends and vice versa for those model’s with darker hair – each with a light natural wave through the hair piece creating a beautiful and elegant look.

Nails by essie

Keeping with the feminine theme of the Aje collection, nails were kept light using the shade, Mademoiselle. This shade is a colour that is minimalist but still cute, exactly like the collection. One coat was applied to hands, to give a healthy look and two coats were applied on toes to create a well groomed and sophisticated nail look. Interestingly, Ali Magliveras from essie noted that this shade was the exact shade that Sarah Jessica Parker wore during Sex and the city.



Makeup by Lancôme


Lancôme’s National director, Lara Srokowski created an “effortlessly chic” look for the Daniel Avian show keeping skin healthy and makeup natural.

After skin had been cleansed care of the team at Clarisonic, a mixture of key Lancôme skincare products including Advanced Genifique, Genifique Day moisturiser and Visionnaire serum, were applied to skin before the La Base Pro primer. Teint Miracle foundation was applied with a touch of the Belle de Teint Bronzer and Blush Subtil applied to the cheeks to add a subtle colour. Eye were kept a subtle brown with Tres Chocolat eyeshadow, Art Liner to line the eye and Grandiose mascara to create long luscious lashes. Lips were kept soft with Rouge in Love.

Hair by Redken

Created by Jon Pulitano for Redken, he was inspired by the slight modern 70s vibe going on in the collection. There was an element of simplicity in the collection and a pony tail reflected this simplicity. The pony tail he created had a “fair bit of texture, with the pony tail tied low with bits falling out and dishevelled bits on the top”. Redken Roomful was applied first on dry hair with Redken Body Builder applied to give waves. Redken Power Grip was used at the end to add extra texture.

Skin by Clarisonic


Clarisonic set up a little bar to help the models to cleanse their skin using the Clarisonic brush and cleanser. With a timer of 60 seconds, it was a great way to help remove the buildup of makeup from the various shows.



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Makeup by Maybelline New York

Maybelline New York makeup director, Nigel Stanislaus lent on the colours of the collection for inspiration. The fresh and cool beauty look played on the colour palette of the collection including the blue block on the lids which was created using Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Brash Blue. Skin was kept clear and luminous using the new Dream Wonder Foundation with subtle bronzer added to the cheeks using FITme Bronzer and a dash of Master Glaze Blush in Just Pinched Pink added to the cheeks. Subtle application of mascara opened up the eyes and the look was finished with a nude lip.

Hair by Redken

Richard Kavanagh from Redken created an effortlessly cool and youthful look – like it had been freshly washed and tucked behind the ears to dry.  The Redken team shampooed and conditioned the hair and dried it with a towel before applying Redken Diamond Oil into the mid-lengths and ends. Redken Pillow Proof Primer was used heat protection, before parting it down the middle and blow-drying with a bristle brush. Hair was then tucked behind the ears and a bend in front of the ear was created using a curling iron. Once cool, the hair was let out and finished with Redken Fashion Work 12 used to tame flyaways.

Nails by essie

Ali Magliveras for essie created a “negative space mani which is a clear base with a half moon that’s white”. Using essie ridge-filler base coat to smooth out any imperfections, half moons were painted on with the shade Blanc and finished with the Quick-e drying drops.


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: kath@couturing.com Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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