A Grace Jones Album Cover Inspired The Beauty At Harris Reed’s LFW Show

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The beauty look at Harris Reed’s autumn/winter 2022 show, which kicked off London Fashion Week on Thursday night (17 February), was an intoxicating mix of ’90s nude lips, ’80s eyeshadow and ’70s disco. Beauty through the eras, in other words, which as Terry Barber, director of make-up artistry at MAC, says, “never goes out of style”. 

“I decided to do the triangular highlight under the eyes, along the bridge of the nose and a ‘T’ across the forehead,” Barber shares of making up the models for the show. “The make-up on ’70s disco album covers – think Donna Summer, Diana Ross – brought into beauty the idea of using multiple foundation and concealer colours to shape, rather than using powders. It’s my favourite thing.” 

Barber took Grace Jones’s Nightclubbing album cover in particular as inspiration for the ultra-glam and contoured faces. Playing with shades of black, Barber set out to up the ante on definition. Of course, Barber has worked with Jones in the past, so knows a thing or two about the technique. For those wishing to recreate the look at home, the trick is to “blend – but don’t blend too much”. 

Barber layered on MACStack Mascara (launching March 1st 2022) to achieve lengthy lashes without a clump in sight. Lash extensions and a lick of jet-black liquid eyeliner completed the bewitching stares. 

When it came to hair, session styling assistant Tommy Stayton explained that it was deliberately pared back, “to bring the focus to make-up. [To enhance] the models’ natural texture and movement, minimal products were used. [We used] tonging where needed and lightly sprayed with products from Sam McKnight’s hair range.” he continued. “Models with Afro textured hair had cornrows, with the ends sewed into a bun. Baby hairs were slicked back with wax.”

Nail artist Simone Cummings ensured the manicures were suitably glamorous. “We wanted to ensure there was a beautiful nail length, with the nails coming to a point on a number of the sets. ‘Stiletto’ nails, pretty sharp, with a nice ‘V’ tip.” The cherry on top of it all? Dr Barbara Sturm Glow Drops, to give life to hands and up the luminosity that little bit more.