LFW AW16 Backstage with Neil Young and EYEKO at the Natasha Zinko presentation

Glass went backstage at the Natasha Zinko Autumn Winter 16 presentation to watch make-up artist Neil Young create the make-up look with products from eye makeup specialists Eyeko. Neil says, “I love working with Eyeko mascara. The brushes and formulations are so well considered, I know there is always a product to suit my needs.”


Makeup artist Neil Young at Natasha Zinko AW16Make-up artist Neil Young at work backstage

In the make-up chairs, models in their sweats and streetwear, their hair secured mid-height and pinned into curls by the Bumble & Bumble team, resemble a corps de ballet being made up for the stage. But with hair brushed out into simple, swinging pony-tails and make-up completed, they transform into finishing school graduates, dressed in their Natasha Zinko fun-furred and appliqued finery for a night on the town.

Neil Young’s fresh and bright-eyed make-up look was an artful balance of confident poise and youthful simplicity that perfectly complemented Natasha Zinko’s collection.


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Teamed with a bright pop of orange-red on the lip, six products from the extensive Eyeko range created a polished but youthful face: perfect for Natasha Zinko’s brand of luxe whimsy.

Eyeko makeup for Natasha Zinko AW16Make-up by Neil Young for Natasha Zinko AW16

This make-up look can certainly translate from the catwalk to real life wear: it’s a strong but simple look that suits everyone. Neil Young – an internationally respected makeup artist who makes up the faces of Tilda Swinton, Kate Hudson and Rita Ora, as well as creating catwalk looks for Balmain and Tom Ford – kindly talked us through it step by step.

To begin, curl your lashes with the Eyeko Black Magic Lash Curler and apply several coats of Eyeko Black Magic mascara to the top lashes only. This naturally results in some clumping.

Eyes liner at Natasha Zinko AW16Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner applied to upper lash line

Follow up with Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner and sweep the tip of the brush along the upper lash line – but only work where the mascara has been applied – no winging out or extending for this fresh look. Keep the lower lash line bare.

Add texture and volume to the brows with Eyeko Brow Gel, then use Eyeko Brow Liner to feather in individual hairs to extend the length and add fullness. Don’t be tempted to make long sweeps of colour: the individual strokes are key to making this look natural.

Eyes makeup at Natasha Zinko AW16A bold lip to complement a bright eye

Eyeko Me and My Shadow in Topaz was used to add light and definition to the whole face. Applied straight from the stick, this is a speedy, flattering shadow – but for this look you need to use the product in a different way. Warm the colour on your hand and then apply to create a soft and sheer highlight on cheekbones, eyelids and the bridge of the nose.


Eyeko at Natasha Zinko AW16

Eyeko backstage at Natasha Zinko AW16

The Eyeko Liner bar has now opened at Selfridges, offering an eyeliner make-over with eight looks to choose from. It’s fun, enlightening, and a great opportunity to explore Eyeko’s extensive range and find the liner and mascara that’s perfect for you. Neil Young has a tip worth remembering, “I feel women often wear mascara but miss the roots of their lashes or outer edges of the lash line. This can create a floating lash effect which neither flatters or opens the eyes up. I love Eyeko Lengthening Skinny Brush Mascara because the fine brush enables you to reach the very roots of the lashes for maximum impact.”

And Glass recommends you pick up that superb Eyeko Me and My Shadow in Topaz while you’re there. Having seen Neil Young put it to such inspired use at Natasha Zinko, we know that this is a wonderfully versatile product that works on every skintone – a make-up bag must-have.

by Rachel McCormack

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all images courtesy of Eyeko London

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