Fashion Week Beauty: All The Best Looks From Backstage This Year

From the new gen smoky eye to post-facial-look skin, backstage beauty is back for the SS22 shows

Fashion Week SS22

by Phoebe Lee |
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It's here! Fashion week is back. After two digital seasons, this year, fashion week is taking a hybrid approach by combining digital shows, presentations and those OG catwalk shows.

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Inevitably it's fashion that takes centre stage here, but the eyes of Grazia's beauty team are - quite naturally - focused on the hair and make-up looks that are being expertly applied backstage at each and every show. Ready for a fashion week beauty scroll? Here we present all the looks from fashion week that we advise having on your radar. We shall be updating this run of beauty inspiration as the roster of shows gathers pace so do stay tuned. From turquoise lids to a new gen smoky eye and post-facial-look skin, here are all the hair and make-up looks that had us at hello.

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Best Fashion Week Beauty Looks SS22

Model for Paul Costelloe LFW 20211 of 13
CREDIT: Getty / John Phillips

Paul Costelloe SS22

There's two things we're lusting over in this look from the Paul Costelloe SS22 show: the eyeshadow and the hair. Forget eyeshadow looks with multiple shades; this model wears one azure blue around the eye, and boy does it make an impact. It's the crescent moon shaped, diamond embellishment in the eye socket that make it complete though. Don't forget to appreciate the full-bodied fringe too. Frankly, we can't get enough of it.

Model for SABIRAH by Deborah Latouche LFW 20212 of 13
CREDIT: Getty / Stuart Wilson

SABIRAH by Deborah Latouche SS22

Might baby blue be the colour of the season? SABIRAH by Deborah Latouche uses the shade here as a floating liner. Despite the perfect symmetry, we love the texture and finish of the shade: chalky, and a little translucent. The nails are worth noting, too: a 50:50 ratio of sunshine yellow and Tiffany blue.

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CREDIT: Getty / Shane Anthony Sinclair

Bora Aksu SS22

The resounding feel for the makeup of Bora Aksu's SS22 show was minimalist. Skin was pared back with little product used, and the lips were bare. The only injection of colour was a small cloud of bright eyeshadow surrounding the outer corner of the eye.

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CREDIT: Getty / Kate Green

David Koma SS22

David Koma's SS22 models took that classic 'wet look' to new extremes. Sure, we might not keen on adopting such a radical approach but we're considering this a nod to the return of gloss.

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CREDIT: NARS Cosmetics

Rixo SS22

Vincent Ford, Global Makeup Artist for NARS, describes his look for Rixo as 'holiday ready'. With 'fresh skin, soft pink lips and a Bardot inspired cat eye flick, it's timeless - just modernised with a hint of blue.'

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CREDIT: Oda Eide

Rixo x John Frieda SS22

John Frieda's Creative Stylist Leigh Keates is the genius behind this brushed out blow-dry. Whilst we're cautious to not brush out our blow-drys too much, this look is polished, wearable and frizz-free. Keates credits a 'vacationing Jackie Kennedy' for her inspiration, and we think it's spot on.

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CREDIT: Larry King x Erdem

Erdem SS22

Hairstylist Larry King is the genius behind these XXL plaits for Erdem. He worked closely with the brand to capture the spirit and inspiration for the collection, which was English eccentricity and the Edwardian wardrobe of Edith Sitwell. He credits Redken's Guts 10 Volume Foam Spray for total control of the plait, and his own Social Life for Your Hair Cream for the shine.

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CREDIT: Dyson x Erdem

Dyson x Erdem SS22

Larry King also used Dyson tools to create his XXL plaits.The secret to the pristine finish? Dyson's new Flyaway Attachment, which pairs with the Supersonic. The innovation is used at the crown of the head to smooth flyaways, without the extreme heat. Clever.

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CREDIT: Illamasqua

Mark Fast x Illamasqua SS22

Illamasqua's look for Mark Fast signals that clear lipgloss is due to make a return. Pablo Rodriguez (director of Artistry at Illamasqua) pairs the gloss with a sooty and worn black smokey eye.

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CREDIT: Getty / Jeff Spicer

Aadnevik SS22

Make-up artists backstage at Aadnevik SS22 opted for a gold glitter eye that reaches up through the eyebrow.

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CREDIT: Getty / Tristan Fewings

Eftychia SS22

This has to be one of the most editorial looks to come from fashion week so far. Would you dare?

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CREDIT: Getty / Joe Maher


This OSMAN model wears a diffused cloud of burgundy on her eyes, right up to the eyebrow. The makeup-artists have placed the same shade across her cheekbones too, for a pretty, tonal look.

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CREDIT: Getty / Victor Virgile

Paul and Joe SS22

So much beauty joy came from Paul and Joe's runway shows; we're swooning over these tiny floral accents in particular. Make-up artists at the show told us the brief of the look was to be 'a beautiful nothing, with tiny, quirky little moments.'

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