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More is more is more at DB BERDAN

“More is more is how I would sum it up! The colours were taken from the Pan flag and I took inspiration from the prints in the collection for some of the full face paints.” Makeup artist Mona Leanne describes the look at DB BERDAN X SMILEY‘s SS20 collection ‘Self Love Club.’

Photography
JEAN LUC BROUARD
Beauty
MONA LEANNE

Beauty Papers: What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
Mona Leanne: I see beautiful things everyday but the last time I was overwhelmed by beauty was this summer diving in the Red Sea in Egypt. The underwater world there is the definition of beauty. Untouched and in its natural state. I lost my breath a few times.

BP: How is London Fashion Week different to the others?
ML: LFW is an explosion of creativity with no limits. Anything goes and I love that, you don’t see that as much in other cities. That’s why I live in London.

BP: Have you got any fashion week rituals or traditions?
ML: No I like to take every day as it comes, rituals and traditions are bit too fixed for me.

BP: Describe the look for DB Berdan.
ML: More is more is how I would sum it up! The colours were taken from the Pan flag and I took inspiration from the prints in the collection for some of the full face paints.

 

 

BP: How would you describe the skin you are doing this season?
ML: When the skin wasn’t covered in face paint I wanted it to look real and radiant, the quality of someone’s skin is beautiful and unique to them, I don’t like to cover it up too much.

BP: Key products for this season?
ML: Make Up For Ever Color Sticks were definitely an essential, I used them as a base for all the colour work I did this season. My airbrush came in very handy too which I used with Make Up For Ever Airbrush Colours.

Color Stick and Colour Airbush MAKE UP FOR EVER

BP: Have you spotted anything particularly bonkers or gorgeous at LFW?
ML: I saw someone with their portrait dyed into their fringe outside the BFC which was pretty impressive.

BP: Fashion week survival tips?
ML: Don’t overdose on coffee.

BP: What does the word glamour mean to you?
ML: Glamour is drama, it can be subtle or extreme but there’s a different energy to someone once they’ve added a bit of drama to their look in someway.

BP: What is your first memory of glamour?
ML: When my mum put mascara on me for the first time when I was about 6 years old. I went to school dressed up as a trapeze artist, I think it was for world book day. I felt super glamourous.

 

 

BP: What is the future of glamour?
ML: There is so much experimentation with glamour now, it’s not about a classic feline flick and red lip anymore. I hope boundaries continue to get broken so the picture of glamour is more diverse.

BP: Living, dead, real or imaginary … who has the best make-up look?
ML: Discovering Leigh Bowery is what got me started in makeup. Their looks were so iconic and inspiring, it made me realise how expressive makeup could be, it was something I wanted to be a part of.


Photography Jean Luc Brouard
Beauty Mona Leanne at The Wall Group
Hair Efi Davies
Styling Kay Altamira