May 10, 2022

Models At The Bondi Born Show Made ’90s Iridescent Blue Eyeshadow Cool Again

The team at Clarins created a colour palette worthy of your inner teen.

On day one of AfterPay Australian Fashion Week, the style set gathered at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Rozelle for a show worthy of its sea-side setting. Bondi Born resort 2023 was a swirl of sorbet colours, with models made to look like they’d been lounging by the ocean all day.

“The makeup of course, was designed not just to complement the skin but also the clothes,” says Anne Salem, Clarins Head of Makeup, who was the makeup director of the Bondi Born show. “Sharp contrasts of khaki and plum all paired beautifully with the iridescent blue eyeshadow and peachy cheeks and lips.”

It was the iridescent blue eyeshadow that turned heads, with the look reminiscent of a ’90s teen’s palette. 

Here, we spoke to Salem about how she created the look—and how you can do it too.

It’s so exciting for you to be working on the Bondi Born show for another year! What is it about the brand that resonates with Clarins?
“Bondi Born has a true commitment to sustainable practices: from how they source fabric and manufacture their garments to their commitment to giving back. There is a focus on the art of living well, where inner health shines through. This is perfectly aligned with the Clarins manifesto of making life more beautiful, passing on a more beautiful planet. We are quite particular about who we choose to work with for brand collaborations – and to be partnering with Bondi Born for a second year in a row is a reflection of our shared values and commitments.”

Tell me about the mood for the season and how you approached working with the designers—founder Dale McCarthy and creative director Karla Clarke—for the show?
“The mood for the season is about skin luminosity that comes from within. A colour palette that complements the natural tones of the skin—we felt that it is the time for a rebirth of sorts. Our approach to working with Dale and Karla is of course always approached as an equal partnership: we come together about 4 weeks before the show, Karla and I share initial references and our own thoughts about what to focus on. This year we chose the eyes as our focal point. We wanted to express the euphoria of emerging from the ocean, with the warmth of the sun kissing the high points of the face.

This direction also extends to the models and their ‘attitude’ on the runway—you will have seen how the models walked with purpose, there was a determination on their gait, almost like they had a spring in their step, recharged by time in the sun.

How did you prep the skin?
“We start by ensuring a clean canvas: Eau Micellar is gentle enough to use on models’ skin but also remove any vestiges of makeup should they be coming from another show. Of course Double Serum was used on every model to infuse the skin with a healthy glow. We followed with our Hydra-Essentiel range which is not only blue – the colour of water – but also has a generous dose of Hyaluronic Acid to act as a drink of water for the skin make the complexion plump and bouncy. We chose the Hydra-Essentiel Mist and another layer of Double Serum to ensure the skin looked luminous and dewy without being wet or greasy.”

How would you describe the makeup look for the show?
“The whole inspiration when we spoke with Karla was that she envisaged water-nymph-like creatures coming out of the ocean, with the sun and the water glistening and reflecting on all angles of their face—eyes, cheeks, everywhere! Last year we did a diffused velvet lip, this year we wanted to focus on the awakening of the eyes and the whole halo around the eyes. The iridescence helped to make them sparkle!

We used Joli Blush to diffuse the lips for a muted lip with a hint of colour—a powder blush helps us achieve this. Although you need lips to be extra primed for this look so we made sure to prep the lips with Lip Comfort Oil in Apricot—this hue complemented Joli Rouge Cheeky Peach perfectly.”

Lastly, can you tell us how to recreate the look at home?
“The look is simple, and depending on the products you use, you can customise the look to suit your skin type and colouring. Any iridescent shadow, used on a brush or a pencil can be used (draw around the eye and blend into the eyeline)—we used our Eye Quartet Palette in 06 Midnight Gradation.

Essentially, the whole idea with the look is this: 

Ensuring that you use a pencil-shaped brush or a small round shaped brush, pick up any eyeshadow that has iridescence, press into the upper and the lower lashes right up to the waterline. So that it creates a ‘halo’ around the eye. The key to this look is to ensure that the iridescent shadow comes right out to the inner corner of the eye so that you frame the whole eye socket.

As for lips, choose any peachy or coral shade – press into the lips so that it looks ‘lived in’. Finally, lots and lots of glow is key! Any liquid highlight where the water would linger on your face after you have been in the water – think bridge of nose, cheeks, cupids bow.”

Here, Salem shares the key products used to create the look:

May 10, 2022

Models At The Bondi Born Show Made ’90s Iridescent Blue Eyeshadow Cool Again

Photography: Dave Blake

The team at Clarins created a colour palette worthy of your inner teen.

On day one of AfterPay Australian Fashion Week, the style set gathered at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Rozelle for a show worthy of its sea-side setting. Bondi Born resort 2023 was a swirl of sorbet colours, with models made to look like they’d been lounging by the ocean all day.

“The makeup of course, was designed not just to complement the skin but also the clothes,” says Anne Salem, Clarins Head of Makeup, who was the makeup director of the Bondi Born show. “Sharp contrasts of khaki and plum all paired beautifully with the iridescent blue eyeshadow and peachy cheeks and lips.”

It was the iridescent blue eyeshadow that turned heads, with the look reminiscent of a ’90s teen’s palette. 

Here, we spoke to Salem about how she created the look—and how you can do it too.

It’s so exciting for you to be working on the Bondi Born show for another year! What is it about the brand that resonates with Clarins?
“Bondi Born has a true commitment to sustainable practices: from how they source fabric and manufacture their garments to their commitment to giving back. There is a focus on the art of living well, where inner health shines through. This is perfectly aligned with the Clarins manifesto of making life more beautiful, passing on a more beautiful planet. We are quite particular about who we choose to work with for brand collaborations – and to be partnering with Bondi Born for a second year in a row is a reflection of our shared values and commitments.”

Tell me about the mood for the season and how you approached working with the designers—founder Dale McCarthy and creative director Karla Clarke—for the show?
“The mood for the season is about skin luminosity that comes from within. A colour palette that complements the natural tones of the skin—we felt that it is the time for a rebirth of sorts. Our approach to working with Dale and Karla is of course always approached as an equal partnership: we come together about 4 weeks before the show, Karla and I share initial references and our own thoughts about what to focus on. This year we chose the eyes as our focal point. We wanted to express the euphoria of emerging from the ocean, with the warmth of the sun kissing the high points of the face.

This direction also extends to the models and their ‘attitude’ on the runway—you will have seen how the models walked with purpose, there was a determination on their gait, almost like they had a spring in their step, recharged by time in the sun.

How did you prep the skin?
“We start by ensuring a clean canvas: Eau Micellar is gentle enough to use on models’ skin but also remove any vestiges of makeup should they be coming from another show. Of course Double Serum was used on every model to infuse the skin with a healthy glow. We followed with our Hydra-Essentiel range which is not only blue – the colour of water – but also has a generous dose of Hyaluronic Acid to act as a drink of water for the skin make the complexion plump and bouncy. We chose the Hydra-Essentiel Mist and another layer of Double Serum to ensure the skin looked luminous and dewy without being wet or greasy.”

How would you describe the makeup look for the show?
“The whole inspiration when we spoke with Karla was that she envisaged water-nymph-like creatures coming out of the ocean, with the sun and the water glistening and reflecting on all angles of their face—eyes, cheeks, everywhere! Last year we did a diffused velvet lip, this year we wanted to focus on the awakening of the eyes and the whole halo around the eyes. The iridescence helped to make them sparkle!

We used Joli Blush to diffuse the lips for a muted lip with a hint of colour—a powder blush helps us achieve this. Although you need lips to be extra primed for this look so we made sure to prep the lips with Lip Comfort Oil in Apricot—this hue complemented Joli Rouge Cheeky Peach perfectly.”

Lastly, can you tell us how to recreate the look at home?
“The look is simple, and depending on the products you use, you can customise the look to suit your skin type and colouring. Any iridescent shadow, used on a brush or a pencil can be used (draw around the eye and blend into the eyeline)—we used our Eye Quartet Palette in 06 Midnight Gradation.

Essentially, the whole idea with the look is this: 

Ensuring that you use a pencil-shaped brush or a small round shaped brush, pick up any eyeshadow that has iridescence, press into the upper and the lower lashes right up to the waterline. So that it creates a ‘halo’ around the eye. The key to this look is to ensure that the iridescent shadow comes right out to the inner corner of the eye so that you frame the whole eye socket.

As for lips, choose any peachy or coral shade – press into the lips so that it looks ‘lived in’. Finally, lots and lots of glow is key! Any liquid highlight where the water would linger on your face after you have been in the water – think bridge of nose, cheeks, cupids bow.”

Here, Salem shares the key products used to create the look:

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