The countdown to Australia’s biggest fashion event is on!
To celebrate Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, we went behind-the-scenes with official partner, Priceline Pharmacy, for a sneak peek of next season's key hair and makeup trends.
Backstage it was all about wet look hair, deep berry-hued lips and bold feathered eyebrows. InStyle Australia caught up with make-up director Sarah Laidlaw and hair director Kenneth Stoddart to find out exactly how they achieve the look and what we can expect from the upcoming season.
InStyle: What's different about this season's brow shape?
Sarah: It's all about big beautiful bushy brushed up brows. The way I describe it is the makeup version of microblading. I'm drawing in individual hairs with a cream eyebrow product but there's still some skin behind it, it's not a solid line. Try Nyx Tame & Frame Brow Pomade, ($12.95; priceline.com.au).
InStyle: A statement lip is a classic look, but how are you mixing it up backstage?
Sarah: We're doing a soft blurry edge with an ombré effect - it's dark in the centre and fades out to a lighter shade. Backstage we are using two different shades and blending it out with a lip brush, or you can even use your finger to achieve a soft line.
InStyle: Can women wear ombré lips off the runway?
Sarah: It tends to look better in real-life when it's horizontal, so the colour is deepest in the centre and lightest at the corners.
InStyle: Which hairstyles are going to be huge in 2018?
Kenneth: This season in particular there are a lot of hair embellishments. Half the models have got this wet look, straight the shoulders and a really nice masculine shape at the front – and the rest are wearing ponytails with a headband. Style your ponytail with Lady Jayne Headband, $7.99; (priceline.com.au); Models Prefer Carbon Anti-Static Tail Comb, $9.99 (pricleine.com.au).
InStyle: How do you achieve that editorial wet look hair - is the hair actually wet?
Kenneth: What I use is a dry oil that I spray onto dry hair and it gives it the illusion of looking wet, but it's not. It’s got a really high sheen content, so when the lights hit it on the runway it will look wet. Try Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Dry Styling Oil, $18.99 (priceline.com.au); Keep the look in place with a gel like Schwarzkopf Taft Mega Style Gel Maximum Hold, $5,79 (priceline.com.au)
Come and join InStyle at VAMFF on Thursday 8th March. Tickets available now from $59; vamff.com.au. Gift bag included.
Sarah Laidlaw – Priceline Pharmacy Makeup Director
Kenneth Stoddart – Priceline Pharmacy Hair Director
Sonny Vandevelde – Photographer