IMAGExLFW Backstage Report: Charlotte Knowles AW20

Junior Beauty Editor Holly O'Neill started London Fashion Week with a backstage visit to Charlotte Knowles.

Charlotte Knowles kicked off London Fashion Week with a host of headlines claiming her to be "the one to watch”. Bella Hadid is already a fan, and wore Charlotte Knowles to the VMA's last year, and if backstage artists are any indication of success, Charlotte Knowles certainly pulled out the pros: make-up artist disrupter Isamaya Ffrench was the lead artist and Lauren Michelle Pires, the manicurist who creates incredibly intricate and bespoke nails were both backstage.

"The focus of this look is on the eye," said Lesley Keane, Global Senior Artist at MAC Cosmetics, "and we're using new products coming out in March called Dazzle Shadow Extreme Eyeshadow. We spritzed Fix + to use the eyeshadows to create a liquid liner with a small brush."


Backstage at Charlotte Knowles

"We highlighted the inner eye, then with a darker shade, we're kind of winging into a hook on the outer eye.  It's very futuristic. It's paired with clean skin, with MAC Face and Body Foundation and concealer only where needed."

Backstage at Charlotte Knowles

The resulting look was dubbed 'Futuristic Cowgirl' by Isamaya Ffrench, and that sense carried right through to the nails. "I've used quite earthy tones," says Lauren Michelle Pires."There's a cocoa, a yellow, a khaki green, a camel and a taupe colour. We've made a gradient effect, with a really sharp angular cut that creates a triangle shape. The vibe of today is quite futuristic so we wanted to play with the shapes and angles of the nails to try and express that."


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Backstage photography by Jason Lloyd Evans.

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