Best hair and make-up looks from Australian Fashion Week

As Australian Fashion Week wraps up for another year, we put the spotlight on the standout hair and beauty looks from the runway. 

Australia’s biggest names were in Sydney this week for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week and while fashion forecasting was a given, just as many new season beauty trends were showcased.

From the dreamy, shimmery eyeshadows shown at Michael Lo Sordo and St. Agni to the vibrant and expressive hairstyles seen at Romance Was Born, the world of beauty feels fresh and revitalised, with an abundance of new and exciting trends dominating the runways.

Auteur presents its latest collection at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. Photo: Lucas Dawson

Behind the scenes in creating a runway look

Redken hair director and founder of KODA Cutters, Diane Gorgievski, was responsible for a number of looks during AAFW, directing the hair for Bec and Bridge, ERIK-YVON, Sass & Bide and Hansen & Gretel.

According to Diane, the hairstyles seen on the runway represent the culmination of months spent collaborating with designers, stylists, and hair stylists.

“The process is the best part and all of the pieces of the puzzle must fit,” Diane says.

Lancome Beauty Director Lara Srokowski works her magic backstage for Rumer. Credit: AMPR

“I like to give myself time to fully understand the brief from the designer and stylist to execute the exact hairstyle for the message we are trying to relay.

“It’s all based on the looks, vibe and experience of the show, as well as incorporating our models and make-up seamlessly.

“The hair and make-up trials are also an incredibly powerful time where the team and I put our minds together to explore all of the possibilities and build the story.”

Standout hair and make-up looks from Australian Fashion Week

Redken hair director Diane Gorgievski backstage at Bec & Bridge. Photo: Lucas Dawson

90S Grunge eye

Trends from the 90s and Y2K period continue to dominate beauty, with smudgy, grungy eyeshadow the latest retro look to make a resurgence.

Bec & Bridge marked its 21st anniversary by recreating the grungy make-up trend on the runway, which was paired with loosely styled, tousled hair.

Rumer 22′ for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. Credit: AMPR

Relaxed up-do’s

An up-do is one of the simplest, chic ways to elevate your look, so it should come as no surprise that it was firm fixture on the runways of AAFW. For Rumer‘s showcase, models sported a relaxed, voluminous take on the trend while models at Rachel Gilbert and Effie Kats adopted a sleeker up-do that featured side partings.

Models for ERIK-YVON embrace backstage. Photo: Lucas Dawson

Kaleidoscope eyes

After years of neutral tones and nude lips dominating the beauty trend landscape, we’re finally having fun with make-up again.

Not one to ever skimp on colour, Romance was Born featured a kaleidoscopic dream of make-up looks, featuring rainbow tones and face painting that veered into artwork.

Mariam Seddiq, Aaizel and ERIK-YVON also explored vibrant and colourful looks, highlighting the increasing shift towards colourful make-up.


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Shimmery eyes

Subtle, reflective sheens of white and silver made eyes the focal point at Michael Lo Sordo, while the inner tear ducts specifically were highlighted with metallic shadows at the runway shows for Bondi Born and St. Agni.


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Orange lips

Orange and coral lips were heavily rotated at Bianca Spender, while shades of red were sported on the runway for Daniel Avakian, marking a shift towards more vibrant, warm-based statement lips.

Not only does this trend bring warmth to the face, it’s also incredibly easy to recreate.


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Slicked back hair

Slicked back, wet-looking hair is showing no sign of fading into obscurity, as evidenced by the hairstyle’s heavy presence at  AAFW and last week’s Met Gala.

Aje and Auteur opted for a softer, more relaxed take on the trend while Karla Špetic slicked forward baby hairs to give the look some edge (and edges).

Muted eye

One of the more subtle trends to show at AAFW was the muted eye shadow look.

Models walking for Matteau and We Are Kindred wore tones of peach and taupe across their entire lids, but because the shades were subtle, the eyes look softly contoured rather than dramatic or heavy.

Written by Charlotte Brundrett.