Behind the scenes of the March issue beauty shoot

For the March issue beauty shoot, we wanted to talk about the new rules of beauty, but after much deliberation, something became clear. The first new rule of beauty? There are no rules. Immaculate skin never goes out of style, but make room for small details that veer on the ugly, like a stained lip, daubed-on glittery and frizzy flyaways. This season, all aesthetics are welcome, but there’s always room for colour.

To add a little grit to the perfect pinks, hairstylist Darren Lacken of Crow Street Collective colour-corrected a clip-on fringe (using an eyeshadow palette! His talent truly knows no bounds) and went hell-for-leather on chopping it into a micro-fringe. “We had a look at a few campaigns and were quite inspired by Miu Miu who used microfringes," says Darren, "so we prepped the hair to keep a bit of dirt to it so it almost looks like a two or three-day-old hairstyle and it’s more lived-in. We wanted the fringe to look DIY, like she stood in front of the mirror, the took the house scissors and she went for it. That’s the whole idea of it - it’s not too blended, it’s not too straight - the beauty is in the imperfection. As the day goes on we add more product to the hair to keep it gritty and undone - dirty and textured in a fashion sense.”

To bring a touch of realism to one of Instagram's biggest beauty trends, glass skin, make-up artist Christine Lucignano created her own custom foundation for a truly wearable glass skin. "I drop a little bit of Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, available in Space NK on Grafton Street, into the palm of my hand," says Christine, "and mix it with the foundation I want to use - that will make it glassy, but that’s what we want with this trend. If I want to conceal spots and under the eyes, I can still do that. You can also still apply powder with this trend, try a glowy powder like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to give it a little bit of sheen.”

For the perfect spring nail inspiration, Pamela Laird created Jeremy Scott inspired nail art using Lancome Le Vernis in Oh Mes Paillettes and Chanel Le Vernis in Bleached Mauve.“We wanted to include touches of light into the look, as a spring trend, now that winter is starting to leave," says Pamela. "The Lancome glitter is probably not for everyone as a full nail, so this is a touch of sparkle more than a glitter nail - it looks more like discs of sequins with this new take on beige - a modern spring look.”

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Photography Oliver Pearce, assisted by Craig Teunissen. Make-up by Christine Lucignano. Hair by Darren Lacken. Nails by Pamela Laird. Styled by Courtney Smith. Photographed at Grey Area Studios.

Check out the Beauty's New Rules beauty shoot in the March issue of IMAGE Magazine, on sale now. 

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