The Opening Gala of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016 was a stunning show of beautiful designs from local and international designers. The beauty look was sophisticated and opulent. We spoke with the team at Mecca and Kevin Murphy to find out what went into creating the beautiful look.





“With a nod to the structured, bold-lipped beauties of Tamara de Lempicka’s art deco paintings, this powerful and polished look is all about hyperreal luxe skin, lightly diffused eyes and a graphic statement lip in rich burgundy.”

 Opening Gala 2 - Lucas Dawson



With your hands, apply NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser to prepped and primed skin, building up coverage in the t-zone as you go. Spot conceal any areas of redness and apply a brightening under-eye concealer. Set only the t-zone with NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder, pressed in with a powder puff to create a velvety finish without taking away the luminosity from the highest points of the face.


Work in a light layer of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte with a lip brush to create shape and a stained effect. Next, sketch Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sangria all over the lip, slightly overdrawing the top lip line. Make sure the cupid’s bow is sharp and the outer slope of the top lip slightly rounded.
Apply a mix of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte and the more aubergine-toned NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv with a lip brush over the top of the lip liner before cleaning up and highlighting the outer edge of the lips with YSL Touché Éclat – Radiant Touch in No. 2.



Sweep NARS Contour Blush in Paloma under the cheekbones and onto the temples in circular motions for softness before using a large domed eyeshadow brush to take it through the contour of the eye and underneath the lash line. Blend everything, including the eye, with Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light.

 Opening Gala 3 - Lucas Dawson


Using your finger, apply RMS Eye Polish in Lunar to the centre of the eyelid. Leave lashes and brows bare for an ultra-modern finish, brushing brows upwards before setting with Surratt Brow Pomade.


Blush and Highlight

Take the NARS Yachiyo Brush to buff NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation across the apples of the cheeks and into the temples. Follow with a mix of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Europa and NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving right under the eye, on the high point of the cheek and above the below the brow bone. This will catch the light and give the eye area an ethereal effect.





Hair Director Kevin Murphy and his team of Session.Stylists created an effortless yet sculpted look to complement the modern, feminine designs.

The hair reflected the designs showcased by leading Australian and international designers including Aurelio Costarella, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, CRISTAHKEA, Gwendolynne, Jason Grech, OneDay, Rachel Gilbert and Thurley.

The style was achieved following these steps:



Apply KEVIN.MURPHY ANTI.GRAVITY.SPRAY (RRP $39.95) from roots to ends and blast dry for volume.

opening gala backstage -432


Brush hair back from the hairline, smoothing it out and keeping the sides tight. Use KEVIN.MURPHY SESSION.SPRAY (RRP $36.95) to hold in place. Once hair is all back create a loose plait down the bottom and secure with an elastic.



Apply a small amount of KEVIN.MURPHY SHIMMER.SHINE (RRP $42.95) over the top of the style for added shine and lustre.


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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