Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All That Glitters

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All That Glitters

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

HIS is no year for wallflowers.

TInstead, the bright, the bold and the colourful are taking centre stage -- peppered with sequins, crystals and thick layers of multicoloured glitters. But forget fashion -- the most ornamental looks of the season appeared in the beauty world.

Thanks to the prosthetics pioneered by Lady Gaga, a progression of crafty -- and often wearable -- adornments are making it possible for everyone to experiment with the 3D accessory make-up look. Nowhere was this more apparent than on the recent Fashion Week catwalks, as designers lifted embellishments from the clothes to decorate faces, rendering jewellery redundant.

London-based design duo Meadham Kirchhoff used a graduation of glitter effects to complement their Disco Inferno-inspired collection, ranging from a subtle golden eye and sparkling red lip combination through to an entire face covered with shining primary colours -- offset with contrasting eyebrows.

Fyodor Golan's autumn/winter offering also rejected the faint-hearted in favour of a fully made-up finale that included one model accessorising her black velvet PHOTOSHOT and feather outfit with an emerald green glittering upper body.

And it seems the fashion world agrees that more is more when it comes to beauty this year. Eyebrows have already become a hot topic among beauty buffs, with Chanel's crystallised versions -- 75 hand-made pairs colour-coordinated to the models' outfits -- officially reclaiming the brow from the likes of the Desperate Scousewives in the name of fashion, while the eyelids received a heavy dose of glitter at the spring/summer 12 shows, including Ashish's bubblegum-pink flecks and a bronzed-hued pigment combined with a smudged navy kohl at Just Cavalli.

For the lips, several designers also chose to shun regular lipsticks in favour of a touch of sparkle.

Make-up artist Sharon Dowsett created a glittering rose gold pout at Kinder Aggugini, using a base of Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Beige Rose ([pounds sterling]7.19, maybelline.co. uk), sprinkled with bronze, gold and holographic glitters. Moschino Cheap & Chic's fuchsia kiss -- created with an application of MAC Pro Vivid Pink Paint Stick ([pounds sterling]15. …

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