Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney (MBFFS) kicked off with a bang last week with the opening night Trend Gala show held at Sydney Town Hall. Designers such as Bec & Bridge, Camilla and Marc, Alice McCall and HAN showcased their Spring/Summer collections at each of the Trend shows during the four day festival.

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Official Festival Make up sponsor, Maybelline New York, opted for a simple yet striking look to compliment the wide range of trends.

For a luminous base, Maybelline NY FITme Foundation was smoothed over the face and FITme bronzer was applied to contour the cheekbones. To perfectly set the base, artists applied SuperStay 24Hr Powder over the foundation.

The eyes were kept soft so as to not detract from the sun-kissed makeup style. The eyelids were painted in a brown coppery shadow using Eye Studio Quad in Copper Chic and then defined with Line Express Kohl Pencil in a brownish black shade. To open the eyes up, a light application of Ilegal Lengths Mascara was brushed onto the lashes.

To finish the beachy sun kissed style, models wore a nude lip with a slight twist. SuperStay 14Hr Lip Colour in Never Ending Nude was painted onto the lips giving them a beige natural appearance. To add some warmth and extra life to the lips, Baby Lips Loves Colour in Rose Addict was painted over the top, giving a slight rose sheen for a pretty pout.


Major sponsor, Redken, were backstage creating the hair looks for the first day. Paloma Rose Garcia, Redken Hair Director created two different looks for the Trend Gala on Day 1, both sophisticated and glamourous styles for the runway.


“The first look has a real Grecian goddess, or angelic feel to it. It’s a textured half up style where we’ve kept this beautiful natural organic texture in the lengths and pulled the sides back into a mini French roll. The style is quite relaxed and whimsical which gives softness to the overall look,” describes Paloma backstage at the show.


“While the first look is all about beautiful feminine, light texture, for the second look we’ve still kept this texture story but pulled the hair back into a low, ruffled up, 1960’s style ponytail. It’s more of a high fashion ponytail, with a clean deep side part, heavy sweeping fringe and this gorgeous slightly disheveled texture in the lengths – it has a great mod feel to it. Strong, clean but with body,” explains Paloma.

Watch for more information how to recreate these looks later this week on Couturing.

Images courtesy of Redken and Senatus

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