Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Facing Up to Fashion's Demands; Even Supermodels Don't Wake Up Looking Perfect - It Can Take Hours to Get Them Runway-Ready. Lisa Haynes Is Invited Backstage to Witness the Hair and Make-Up Transformations at London Fashion Week

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Facing Up to Fashion's Demands; Even Supermodels Don't Wake Up Looking Perfect - It Can Take Hours to Get Them Runway-Ready. Lisa Haynes Is Invited Backstage to Witness the Hair and Make-Up Transformations at London Fashion Week

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Byline: Lisa Haynes

MOST catwalk collections begin with an inspiration, whether it's a specific muse, exotic destination or vague concept.

It's an idea that carries all the way from the clothes right through to a specific shade of nail polish.

There are armies of hair, make-up, tan and talon teams lurking backstage to bring the designer's vision to life on the models. See how the pre-catwalk magic happens with our exclusive backstage passes to five key London Fashion Week shows.

TEMPERLEY LONDON TEMPERLEY'S spring/summer 2014 collection was dipped in "heady, ethereal romance", inspired by a Sicilian adventure.

Designer Alice Temperley wanted her models to be both sexy and feminine, looking rich but effortless.

Temperley London The Sunday Riley make-up stations backstage are surrounded by images of American model and actress Lauren Hutton from the mid-Seventies.

"It's not a retro look," says make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. "I'm trying to recreate the spirit of Lauren Hutton with that wide-eyed beauty. It's sexy but not cheap or overdone."

A healthy glow is achieved by skipping foundation for primer and sculpting skin using cream concealer before blending in highlighter and blusher. Lips are a reddish-pink and brows full and luscious.

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON MATTHEW Williamson's girl for S/S14 is "full of energy, optimism and effortlessness".

More retro references, and a 'Seventies Superwoman' at that, with images of an old-school pouty Kim Basinger pasted to the walls backstage. Williamson requests that models' hair is kept simple but glossy and glamorous.

"It's as though she's flown first class with a top knot, unravelled it, and it's perfect," says Mark Hampton, Toni&Guy's Hair Meet Wardrobe ambassador.

Matthew Williamson A soft, voluminous blow-dry is created with 'baby bend' kinks towards the ends to make it look beautiful but 'real'. A side parting signals a nod to Seventies starlets, while hair tucked behind the ears adds an air of nonchalance.

Lisa Eldridge for Benefit emphasises the jet-set-fabulous look with "stealth make-up" that involves blending endless base products - foundation, two concealer shades, highlighter - for a flawless but natural finish.

A glossy lip, and lashings of eye-enhancing plum mascara, complete the expensive look.

HOUSE OF HOLLAND THERE were multiple inspirations at House of Holland's S/S14 show, dubbed 'Homegirls'.

The design house took a trip to balmy Mexico City with a detour to the tattoo parlours of LA's Venice Beach and a cinematic stop at Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet for a House of touch of heady romance.

"This is tropical, hot skin with a street vibe," says Lucia Pica, M.A.C make-up artist. To create a sultry feel, eyelids are brushed with balm for a glossy look, and eyeliner is elongated but drawn downwards slightly, for a "sleepy, sexy" effect. …

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