our beauty editor GOES BACKSTAGE at london FASHION WEEK

– Snooping around at Preen –


Backstage visits are always fun. It’s the place to be if you want to be the first to see the looks before the girls head to the runway, and who doesn’t want to see everything unclose? Every small detail from all the clothing, hair and makeup. In this case it was makeup by M.A.C Cosmetics (who were the ones who invited me backstage) and clothing by Preen. And believe me, it was very much worth waking up for at 6 AM.


Alright, I’ll admit to having a bit of trouble actually getting out of bed in the morning after Ellie Goulding’s concert the night before. But man, that London Bridge does look beaming in the morning sunrise. And when I see that not only I but the models too are walking around with bags under their eyes, then I know I wasn’t the only one struggling to get out of bed so early.



But then again, they were getting their hair and makeup done and looked picture perfect whereas I still had bags after 17 retouches with my own makeup….

Anyways. Life backstage was very relaxing. Not a hint of stress. I bumped into Dutch model Julia van Os who looked picture perfect for Preen. I was very curious for the rest of the looks for the show so I did a bit of snooping in the makeup department. Backstage beauty queen from M.A.C Cosmetics, Val Garland, was the head of the pack, helping everyone create flawless looks.


Nothing too over the top, everything was very natural and very light. But you might want to know that a natural look is always the hardest to achieve. It’s a real work of art but M.A.C Cosmetics has the best brow pencils and foundations to obtain this look. For this look they used Val used the Mineralize Charged Water and Face + Body Foundation, the Penultimate Brow Maker and on the cheeks she used two different shades of lipstick rather than a blush. She only smeared a bit of prep and prime balm for a natural shine. Natural is what they wanted, and natural is what they got. Some of the girls even looked as though they had just rolled out of the gym. So rejuvenating. And as soon as their makeup was applied, it was time for some rehearsals which I got a glimpse of.


Curious as to what it was like backstage? Check out the video below!