The Urban Bloom runway showcased a simple yet subtly elegant beauty look for both face and makeup to accompany pieces from leading designers including Akira, alice McCALL, Cose Ipanema, Kate Sylvester, Megan Park, Nevenka, Romance Was Born and Yeojin Bae.

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“Inspired by new Spring beauty, subtle colour is brought to life like budding flowers. All features have a gentle stain of colour – nothing too deliberate. Using the ultimate makeup multi-tasker, luminous and contoured skin is created with a natural wash of colour across the eyes and lips.”


Step 1: Prep skin with NARS Pro Primer to smooth out the skin and minimise pores. Perfect the skin with Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation.


Step 2: Work NARS Matte Multiple Cappadoce onto fingertips, and lightly apply onto cheekbones, across eyelids and lips. Add sheen to eyes with RMS Living Luminiser.

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Step 3:  Now for your highlight! Lightly press NARS Multiple Copacabana onto the Cupid’s bow, eyebrow arch, bridge of nose and high cheekbones.


Step 4: Lightly dust Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light all over to set using your Mecca Cosmetica Powder Brush.   


Step 5: Finish with Mecca Cosmetica Lip de Luscious Lip Treatment.



The inspiration behind the hair style for the Urban Bloom show was “super natural” with strategic waves and natural texture. Embracing individuality and celebrating the colourful nature of Spring, the look is easy to do yourself as we head into warmer weather.

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The look was achieved following these steps:


Apply KEVIN.MURPHY STAYING.ALIVE (RRP $35.95) and KEVIN.MURPHY ANTI.GRAVITY.SPRAY (RRP $39.95) from roots to ends and blast dry.



When hair is dry, use a large tong and create a loose soft wave from the mid lengths and ends. Allow to cool in its wave.

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Tip hair upside down and spray with KEVIN.MURPHY DOO.OVER (RRP $42.95) to break up the wave and add fullness to the ends. Create a centre part and tuck both sides behind ears.





Designers including ALPHA60, bul, Daniel Avakian, Kuwaii, LIFEwithBIRD, Livia Arena, Manning Cartell and NEO DIA showcased their fresh Spring designs and the beauty looks played with colours and textures to create the perfect accompaniment to the collections.




“To reflect the collection, we wanted to play with textures and colours. The look is relaxed, polished beauty, inspired by Spring using earthy matte tones for a modern take on the smoky eye.”

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Step 1: 

Start your eye makeup by prepping your mobile lids with an eyeshadow primer, NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. This ensures longevity & easy blending of shadows.


Step 2: 

Stila #30 Double Eyeshadow Brush is your perfect tool to seamlessly blend and create this look.

Press NARS Persia Orange Eyeshadow onto your mobile lid using the flat side of your eyeshadow brush. Diffuse and blend colour softly into socket using the tapered side. Diffuse softly down the lower lashes.

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Step 3:

Enhance your eyelashes, push and wiggle NARS Duo Eyeshadow Surabaya using a Mecca Cosmetica Angled Eyeshadow Brush. Press into your lash line.


Step 4:

Apply a soft beige eyeliner, NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte to inner waterline to brighten and open eyes.


Step 5: 

For a modern finish, skip the mascara!


Tip!! –  Brush clear brow gel to naturally enhance eyelashes.




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Hair for the Contemporary Designer show encompassed clean lines and oriental elements, exploring the hair binding technique, to complement the strong, modern designs on the runway


The look was achieved following these steps:


Dry in KEVIN.MURPHY HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY (RRP $39.95) to create a rough texture.


Create a centre part and pull hair back, in a half up half down shape. Secure with an elastic. Secure the bottom section in a low pony at the nape, including the top section so it becomes one ponytail. You can wrap the pony section in a ribbon for a bound effect and secure with a pin.


Gently loosen pieces around the front to create some wispiness and lightly spray with KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SRPAY (RRP $36.95).

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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