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The 5 biggest beauty moments from London Fashion Week AW23

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Orin Carlin
Orin CarlinContent Writer
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The end of London Fashion Week is nigh, but there's no need to despair. This season saw yet another slew of lust-worthy beauty moments grace the runways, and here we bring you the hair and makeup looks that you're going to want to jump on, stat. From Marlene Dietrich-inspired side partings at David Koma to blackened wine lips at Roksanda, as per usual the industry's experts brought their beauty A-game.

Hello! Fashion shares the biggest beauty moments from London Fashion Week:

Glass skin

Erdem Skin

Photo credit: Josep Serveto

K-beauty's glass skin trend made a resurgence this season at Erdem, with models taking to the runway sporting glossy, almost liquid-like, complexions. For AW23 the brand's founder Erdem Moralıoğlu envisioned an "army of Victorian heroines" with skin that exhibited a "glass-like sheen".

Erdem Hair

Photo credit: Josep Serveto

111Skin's leading aestheticians smashed it, allowing melancholic liner and hypnotising hair gems to take centre stage.

READ: London Fashion Week: behind the scenes with RIXO founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey

MORE: London Fashion Week AW23: The best street style moments

Blackened wine lips

Roksanda Blackened Wine Lip

Photo credit: Charlotte Ellis 

Rich, berry-stained lips might feel like a classic autumn/winter beauty trope, but Rebecca Davenport's approach felt anything but clichéd at Roksanda. Using Isamaya Beauty, she told Hello! Fashion backstage how she created a "blackened wine colour" on the lips of models with deeper skin tones, finished with a slick of the brand's Liplacq Maximizing Lip Serum, a black gloss which possesses a "subtle red shimmer".

Botanical-hued shadow

Richard Quinn Botanical Shadow

The makeup Richard Quinn's Secret Garden-inspired show, masterminded by Terry Barber, had an air of "dark romanticism" about it. Lids were washed with botanical-inspired pastel hues, sans both liner and mascara, using the new Mac Cosmetics x Richard Quinn eyeshadow palette (part of a limited-edition range, set to launch on March 2nd). "It’s a little bit Tim Burton," Terry said of his vision. "I was inspired by Christina Ricci’s eyes in Sleepy Hollow."

A calculated juxtaposition came in the form of hair extraordinaire Sam McKnight's harder edges, creating using products from his own styling range. "It’s a more masculine silhouette with the wave at the front and the rest of the hair pulled back into a chignon," he explained backstage.

Expensive blank canvas base

16Arlington Makeup

Fresh, soft-focus skin was the focus for makeup artist Lauren Parsons at 16Arlington where she championed tonal palettes using products by Charlotte Tilbury. "We're having a moment where we're almost creating a lovely, beautiful, expensive blank canvas and there's notes of coffee throughout," Lauren told us ahead of the show.

Deep side partings à la Marlene Dietrich

David Koma Side Partings

At David Koma, Toni & Guy's global creative director Cos Sakkas opted for Marcel waves and deep side partings, inspired by 1930s androgynous sex symbol Marlene Dietrich. "We turned Marlene’s classic femininity on its head to create tough, strong, wet-look hair with a glass finish," Cos explained. Using XXL black kirby grips with a metallic finish he and his team created a "hair piercing", aka the "must-have accessory" to complement a slick finish.

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