Windswept And Delusionally Romantic: Wildfox Runway Beauty

For their F/W 2014 runway look, Wildfox went for a rosy-cheeked, wavy-haired Jane Austen concept, and I’m so into it.

I truly, deeply love Wildfox, so I was super excited to hear they had scheduled their first-ever New York Fashion Week show. I eagerly awaited the new fall collection’s debut, anxious to see what whimsical goodness designer Kimberley Gordon had in store, and I was not disappointed.

So for starters, the collection was themed “Sense and Eccentricity." Yup, super-cute, beachy Jane Austen. There were adorable “Mrs. Darcy” t-shirts, oversized blush cardigans, and my personal favourite touch, lace-up boots with bundles of baby’s breath stuffed into them. Oh and it appears there were pink cupcakes backstage. Everything about the show was pretty perfect, and the beauty was no exception.

Makeup-wise, Wildfox worked with Stila to create a romantic regency-era looks fit for any Jane Austen heroine. The models were sunkissed and blushing, as if they’d been running through a field of wildflowers in full skirts to reach the man they love (Wildfox called it “Blazing Beauty”).

Hair was equally as dramatic, with big, messy waves and floral flourishes. Some models had massive floral crowns, some had one neat flower tucked behind an ear, and some even had sprigs of baby’s breath tucked into their hair. It was exactly the kind of thing I love to do myself, and so of course I had to try it.

Hair was big, wavy, and tousled at this show, so I sprayed my hair with some Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray and braided it into four parts. I left it like that while I applied my makeup and went about my other morning activities.

I don’t own bronzer (I tan really well), and the sun-kissed look is important here, so I had to improvise. I crafted my bronzer replacement by combining my NARS Madrague Duo Eyeshadow with a touch of Urban Decay Toasted shadow. For the show makeup, artists used Stila’s Stay All Day 10-in-1 Bronzing Beauty Balm, focusing on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, and chin.

Once fully bronzed, dab your cheeks with a touch of Stila’s Poppy Convertible Colour to get that “flushed and in love” look.

There was nothing too crazy happening with the eyes in this show; just a simple subtle touch of shading and definition. The entire eyelid was dusted with Stila’s Wheat eyeshadow, with a hint of baby pink Shell on the lower lid; then the eyes were lines with a pencil in Sepia, a metallic taupe, and finished off with mascara.

To recreate this, I used Urban Decay eyeshadow in Vanilla and SWF, then lined with my Urban Decay Underground pencil (a shimmery brown), and finished everything off with Buxom mascara.

I also filled in my brows with my Too Faced Bulletproof Brows clay.

For lips, apply a layer of Stila’s Yumberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain. Not only is this product a gorgeous, pearly, sheer pink, it’s also packed with antioxidants and reacts to your personal pH to give you a tailored glow.

When I was done makeup, I undid the braids, tousled my curls and sprayed my roots with a bit of Davines Hair Refresher. Finally, I tucked one side behind my ear with a little faux flower bobby pin I made awhile ago, and solidified everything with hairspray.

Pretty wearable in the real world, right?