giles_aw12_london_fashion_week_backstage_hair.jpgGiles' AW12 London Fashion Week show took place earlier today - we went backstage before it began to take a look at how the hair and make up was shaping up.

The collection, which took place in the spiritual, atmospheric church-like setting of Stationers Hall, was based on the idea of decadent, expensive beauty that had been weathered and destroyed, so the team at Toni & Guy created a look to channel it - a pretty ponytail that had an air of decay.

They did this by first making sure they started with really clean hair (apparently Giles was adamant that it was clean to convey purity) with a center parting, just divided with fingers to look natural. label m Leave-in Conditioner was applied to the wet hair, to add some heaviness, and then a little Sleek Blow Out Cream, to give it some shine and separation.

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To achieve the naturally kinky look they were after, it was left to dry naturally (helped along with a diffuser) and where hair was too straight, tongs were used to create waves by twisting and wrapping it around the barrel, and running it up and down the lengths.

The bunched up, billowing ponytail was created by tying an elastic tightly at the nape of the neck, then pushing it down and then back up, to push the hair so it stands away from the head. "Like an innocent girl who went to sleep and destroyed the back, but the front is still perfect," said stylist Indira. The look was finished with one of Giles' scorched ribbons which matched the burnt detailing on the gowns in his collection. The final result is something very tailored that has been damaged, but you can still see the vestiges of what it was.

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As for the make up, like the hair it looked simple, but unlike the hair the simple effect was easy to create! To give a 'sleepy hollow look' ("or consumption", said make up artist Lucia Pieroni) MAC cream pigments in Harvest and Groundwork were mixed together and applied all around the eyes to accentuate the sockets. Skin was kept beautiful and clean, with Strobe cream to add a dewy shine. Brows were simply brushed out, lashes were sans mascara, and lips coated in the same shade as the eyes.

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