London Fashion Week has wrapped up, and with it a spectacular display of fashion and beauty! I saw some dramatic looks backstage perfectly reflective of the city's spirit. Here are a few highlights from behind-the-scenes at the fall 2013 ready-to-wear shows.
I flew into London super early in the morning last week. As soon as I dropped my bags at the hotel in Shoreditch, I headed to Space.NK for an Eve Lom facial. It was one of the most relaxing facials I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot of facials).
Now I was ready for the shows. My first show in London was for Moschino Cheap and Chic, where Hannah Murray was the lead makeup artist.

She created a cool punk look for the models, painting either the lids or the lips black and finishing them off with a coat of MAC Lipglass. “The girl this season has more attitude than last season," she said. "She's tough, she's cool, she's punky, so we wanted bold black PVC accents." The hair was a haute couture take on rock and roll. All the girls had their strands tied up in tousled knots. Some of the models also wore soft pink extensions.

Val Garland designed the makeup look for the Preen show, using Sunday Riley cosmetics. It was another play on punk, but the interpretation was more delicate. The models sported architectural eyeliner, which popped against their bare complexions.

Behind-the-scenes at Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show was a lot of fun. Val Garland did an entirely different look here, using MAC to deliver a playful take on children’s face paint.
The nail look was inspired by young girls who get makeup all over their hands when painting their nails and putting on lipstick. Custom nail wraps were created for the show ahead of time and pink details were added with an airbrushing machine.

At Christopher Kane the beauty was simple and understated. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni built the look around luminous skin, a nude lip, a subtle brown eye and boyish brows.

Hairstylist Guido Palau focused on the texture of each model's hair, trying not to overstyle it. He first washed hair with Redken’s new Diamond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, and then let it air dry. He created some texture, working his fingers through the hair and curling the ends slightly.

Photos: Aimee Blaut