“Laminated skin” is the natural makeup at London Fashion Week and it’s that easy

“Laminated skin” is the natural makeup at London Fashion Week and it’s that easy

It’s hard to keep up with the wealth of creative beauty trends whenever London Fashion Week comes around. While they are all incredibly Instagram-worthy, many of them may seem a little too adventurous for everyday wear. Take a gold leaf bronzer, for example. Totally mesmerizing but probably not a look you would consider while hanging out with friends.

So far this season, it’s all about the skin. Specifically, keeping it relatively naked but seriously amplifying the dew. Looks like we graduated from the “glass skin” school, though (too shiny and expensive to get thanks to all the layering). Instead, London Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2023 makeup artists are advocating another trend for glowing skin, and it’s arguably the easiest to pull off so far.

Enter: ‘laminated leather’.

Courtesy of Terry Barber, MAC’s Artistic Makeup Director and lead makeup artist at this year’s Fashion East show, laminated leather is the “next level of radiance” and emulates … sweat.

“The skin is sweaty for the season, which is no longer a bad thing,” Terry told Refinery29. “All the designers I work with talk about sweaty skin, like I’ve just stepped out of the ocean on vacation, or been on a dance floor, or just had sex.” Terry says it’s not just about highlighted cheekbones or dusty, shimmering finishes, which can be typical of highlighters. Instead, it’s about using creamy products to create what he calls a “hyper-hydrated” and “laminated” base.

Terry and his troupe of professionals, including professional artist Mus Emin, have enlisted MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation, £ 30. “I’ve actually used quite a lot,” Terry told R29, “since Face and Body is good when you wear a lot of it. It absorbs and makes the skin laminated. The second step is a generous veil of MAC Fix + Magic Radiance, £ 26, which is a mist that stimulates the dew. “This baby is the key to the whole show, “Terry said.” When we did the makeup, we dunked the models’ faces in Magic Radiance and let it penetrate. “Terry says this is especially beautiful over foundation as it gives a” shrink shimmer “and gets that shiny, laminated look. Makeup artists sprayed mist everywhere. “I’m not afraid to shine in the middle of my forehead or on my nose,” Terry said. “This is really a beautiful, super-hydrated, laminated glow all over.”

The blush has been set aside in favor of a creamy contour patch, or in this case the eyeshadow: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots, £ 18.50, depending on the model’s skin color. Terry extolled the virtues of Groundwork and It’s Fabstract in particular, as they are natural skin tones and can be increased or decreased depending on the skin tone.

“I did some invisible contours to create sculpted cheekbones,” said Terry, “a Grace Jones ski slope cheekbone.” A dab of the same shade on a thick eyeshadow brush created what Terry called a “spot” around the eye to shape the face. “This time it’s a natural East Fashion show, but this makeup is more of a mood than a big statement,” said Terry.

If you have acne-prone skin or uneven skin texture, don’t worry. Shiny, laminated leather is for everyone – it’s all about personalizing your products. Avoid an oily base and opt for a light gel moisturizer in advance, such as Face Theory Supergel Oil-free Moisturizer M3 for oily and acne-prone skin, £ 14.99, The Inkey List Omega Water Cream Moisturizer, £ 9, 99 or Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer, £ 40 (we saw the latter two backstage from Paul Costelloe earlier in the day).

“When it comes to uneven or acne-prone skin, I would completely avoid frosted powders,” advised Terry. “You’re great with something like Fix + spray because it contains essential oils, so when moisture gets inside, it leaves a thin layer, which gives you a smooth, glowing surface.” In comparison, a product with shimmering particles can build up around the grain of the skin. “This trick just creates a shine,” Terry said.

Laminated skin is also good news for those with oily complexions, as there is no need to use face powder or reapply products throughout the day. Your natural face oils only enhance the shiny and laminated effect. “We’re at a time where you let the makeup sink in rather than fill it in,” Terry said. “Nobody wants too much density. This is what happens naturally to the skin, ”he continued. It is a look that evokes images of models walking in a rainforest, coming out of a sauna or having just been to a spa.

We’re sure Terry won’t be the last makeup artist to put the spotlight on shiny faces. Any trend that involves just a handful of products, requires little or no topping up, and supports oily skin in the process definitely gets our vote.

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