London Fashion Week seems to always carry a bit of the city's rebel spirit. This year we saw lots of English roses flaunting their peaches and cream complexions, but also messy, lived-in tresses, stained red lips, smudged liner and thickly-mascared lashes. Sometimes it was all these looks at once. The ladies didn't look too prim and polished, but rather like women back after a night of fun. The trend underlying all the looks we loved? A refreshing modernity.  

1. The bedhead/second day makeup at Topshop Unique
Like latter day Cyndi Laupers, the models all looked like girls who had a little too much fun. There was a slight 80s spin to the makeup and hair, from the outgrown, fluffy roots to the smudged liner in the lower corners of the eyes. The hair and makeup definitely matched the oversized accessories.

Topshop Unique

2. The ridiculous lashes at Daks
Talk about taking spidery lashes to the next level. Super-long false strands of lashes were added, coated in mascara and more of the black stuff was liberally applied on the lower lashes as well — smudges be damned. 


3. The bold liner/raspberry lips at Giles
The Giles show was a who's who of models, featuring veteran girls like Karen Elson and Eva Herzigova. What we liked about the look? The slightly lived-in aesthetic of an otherwise polished combination... and that luminous lip colour.


4. The 'under liner' at Issa
Minimalism at its best, all the models sported a thin black line on their lower lashes — a nod perhaps to Kate Middleton, a known fan of the brand? Precise, neat, yet slightly garish, it added some noir drama to a daytime look.  


5. The oxblood lips at Burberry
Makeup artist Wendy Rowe concentrated on the lips, with models of all complexions sporting a rich, bloodied, brown-red shade called Oxblood. To offset the dramatic colour, skin was kept satiny and subtly contoured. 

Burberry Beauty

6. The bird's nest 'dos at Simone Rocha
We love a little cheekiness as much as the next person. Inspired perhaps by rock star Siouxie Sioux's voluminous tresses, the models looked like they'd been attacked by a flock of seagulls — but in a very chic way. Notice how the crazy hair was balanced out by pristine, impeccably-done makeup.

Simone Rocha