Dare to Bare: Burberry Show Look Sep 2017

As always, Burberry champions the ultimate nude makeup look, and this season I created a totally natural look backstage at the September ’17 show. Keep reading to find out how I created our most minimal makeup look yet (and to get a sneak peek at next season’s key new products)…

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I’m known for my love of nude, natural makeup, and creating glowing, barely-there looks that are all about amazing skin. Once again, Christopher Bailey and the team at Burberry asked me to create a no-makeup-makeup look that would perfectly complement this season’s hero pieces, inspired by the heritage Burberry check. I always love the challenge of finding a new twist on a classic nude look, and this season was our rawest look to date.

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The September Runway Collection was inspired by one of the brand’s most iconic prints; the heritage Burberry check, and the products in the runway edit encapsulate the diversity of the show pieces, with colours ranging from classic reds and minimal nudes to modern greens and blues.

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To create a look that worked with the Burberry show, we moved on this season from fresh, glowing skin to a more modern matte skin finish.

Raw and Truthful

The finished look for the models this season was a completely natural, unmanufactured beauty. My approach for the show was very to create a look that was incredibly honest, exposing the natural beauty in a newer, more raw and truthful way than we have ever done before.

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As always, every model started with a full cleanse, tone and moisture routine to make the most of their natural canvas.

This season, the look consisted of no base at all, meaning the models’ natural skin tones and textures took centre stage. I slightly blurred out imperfections like blemishes using the Cashmere Concealer but didn’t totally erase anything, meaning these natural ‘flaws’ remained visible on the skin. Redness or darkness around the eyes or on the face was left without any touch-up. Even for me, this is taking nude makeup to a new level!

I totally removed any sheen or natural glow on the skin using the Cashmere Foundation Compact all over, not just down the T-zone as in previous seasons. This matte finish with imperfect tones and textures is this season’s new nude.


Brows were filled and touched up as needed with the Full Brows pen, but the aim was to reflect the models’ raw beauty rather than enhancing and adding here. For a really natural look this season I used the liner to add a few natural-looking extra strands to brows, but kept use of the filling powder to a minimum.


I used the brilliant Lip Colour Contour Pen in Light on the lips to knock out any colour on models whose lips were naturally red. In addition, models who looked extremely fresh and innocent (lucky things!) had depth added to the eyelids and underneath the eyes using the lip contour pen to create a slight shadow effect. Working with and enhancing the areas usually considered to be flaws and imperfections really reflects the raw beauty I was looking to create for the show.

This year’s look is all about the flow of individuality and it works really well on all ages and ethnicities. The matte skin has a modern truth to it that represents the person of today. This season’s show look is incredibly easy to recreate at home, and once you’ve found the confidence to wear this barely-there new nude look, you’ll be rocking it all season. I always champion a natural, skin-first approach to makeup, and I think this look is our most ‘real’ to date.

Beauty Edit

A Little Something Extra

If you want to get more playful with your makeup for the new season, my ultimate nude show look is the perfect base to add some colour to. The edit of red lips in Burberry’s colour catalogue perfectly complement the colour palette of the new collection. While I love a less-is-more approach to makeup, I know some women never leave the house without an eye look or a strong lip; you can mix and match the colours in the new capsule collection whichever way you choose. Anything goes; this line is all about inclusive beauty and you just need to create a look that feels honest and real to you to capture the essence of Burberry’s latest collection.

Key products:

    • Cashmere Concealer

      Just because you’re creating a raw beauty look doesn’t mean you can’t touch-up anything that makes you feel less confident.

    • Cashmere Foundation Compact

      Fresh Glow will always be a personal favourite, but we’re switching things up this season for a more matte skin finish.

    • Catwalk Collection Highlights

      You can shop not only the products that I used on the models, but the entire new catwalk collection, right now. The Fresh Glow, Contour Pen and Lip Colour Contour are Burberry staples for any look, but you can switch up the new nail, eye and lip shades to keep you bang on trend for the new season. Here are a few of my favourites, shop the whole collection here.

    • Nail Polish in Dark Trench

      It doesn’t come more classic than this; I love this new twist on the nude nail trend inspired by the heritage check of this collection.

    • Face Contour

      I love working with shadows and lights to create shape and enhance bone structure.

    • Liquid Lip Velvet in Bright Plum

      If it’s a hit of lip colour that you crave, I love this bright plum. Create the show look from start to finish and simply add a sweep of this creamy matte lip colour.

    • Lip Contour

      This is one of my hero products. It is an especially great investment as you can use on the lips to create a fuller feel just applying it around the edge of the lip line, or you can use all over the lips as a natural lipstick. You can even use it as a cream cheek shade or around the eyes – it’s such a flattering shade to use on the eyelids for a natural pinky nude tone.

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