Backstage: House of Holland AW13

Sophy Robson using Leighton Denny Expert: The nail look was based on the tortoiseshell design that was used for the invitations for the show, which was pulled from the pattern of the accessories in the collection. It looks a lot tricker than it is; just three colours and a top coat were used. I started by using a pastel peach, Meet Me in Monaco, for the base layer – blobbed on, ad-hoc in no specific pattern but with some spaces left in between. Then with a striper brush dipped into Brick Road, a bright yellow, I went over the peach, colouring in the centre of the splodges but still leaving some of the base colour showing. Finally a red-based chocolate brown was used, Not Tonight, layered over the top and applied in any gaps still showing. We then used our fingers to lightly press over the design, to blend and smudge out the colour so the pattern didn’t look too precise. A coat of the Crystal Finish Top Coat was applied over the top to add the finishing gloss.

Adam Reed for BaByliss: Today’s hair for HoH is a second day ‘sweat head’ look. Last season was more shiny, more lustrous, but now we’re turning that texture into the morning after the night before. Not dry, just healthy, with a little grease thrown in. We’re creating a loose natural looking movement with the BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves styler by splitting the hair into three layers and taking big sections round the tong. For that lived in vibe we’re brushing though those waves, then right before they step out onto the runway we’re going to apply a bit of gel through the lengths for a touch of faux-grease.

The sweat head look is something I rock most days with my slicked-to-my-scalp barnet, so I was well ahead of the trend for that one, but tortoiseshell nails are a new one for me. Three colours, blobbed on, smudged and glossed over? It sounds easy enough to rip from the runway. I know how I’ll be spending the rest of my evening…


  • makeupaddict-xo

    Absolutely love the nail look, so different but it works so well! x

  • Maddy Cane

    Love the nail look and the models all look stunning! xxx

  • I love House of Holland.

  • Martine Doiron

    I love the tortoiseshell look on the nails, it’s so different! You usually see zebra, tiger or cheetah prints, but never tortoise! Definitely something I want to try out!

    Martine πŸ™‚

  • gleepface

    Inspired to try these nails, they look so cool. And let’s face it, it isn’t Valentine’s anymore so it’s probably time for me to do something else with my nails eh!

  • Denise F.

    the nails!*.*

  • Katie Hello

    Wow, the makeup and nails look incredible!
    Katie xx

  • wow, tortoise shell nails is such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing how to do it, I definitely want to try it out πŸ™‚
    Eleanor x

  • Pippa Jones

    The nail design looks amazing, Would be great of it would be something to re create. Lovely post I love house of holland. 

    Pipp xx

  • Sarah McCay

    I love the nails – I think, in neon,this will be a massive trend for summer!!

  • Crystal Ike

    Let us all take a moment and recognize the nail look! (moment of silence) haha the makeup AND the nails look stellar!

    Crystal’s Beauty Corner

  • Ooooh I love what Sarah said, can you imagine it?!  Neon tortoise shell nails, phwooaarrrr

  • and kate

    Wow that nail art is amazing!
    Very beautiful make up as well.
    Kate xo

  • Ah I love that nail art! Will definitely be trying that asap.

  • Katie Fawcett

    Love the nail art!

    Katie xo

  • Kiera

    Hey Anna, I got inspired by the nails and did my own little version last night, you can check them out here Im def going to try more neutral colours next. XXX K