Behind The Scenes On Our ’70s Show Fashion Shoot

Behind the scenes at our May fashion shoot, we got the inside track from make-up artist Nicki Buglewicz, hair stylist Aidan D'Arcy and model Briony Somers.

Nicki Buglewicz, make-up artist

We’re keeping skin nice and dewy and glossy – like early ’70s Cher. Nothing’s too toned, no real contouring, just keeping a lovely gloss on the skin. Mix a little bit of highlighter in with your foundation, keeping the foundation really light and focusing on the eyes.

We’re keeping skin nice and dewy and glossy – like early ’70s Cher.

To prepare skin, exfoliate really well beforehand and moisturise. The better your moisturiser, the better! Bring out the expensive moisturiser you have hidden away and put that on after you exfoliate because it’s going to work better on your skin – it’s really going to shine. So put that on, and maybe even a nice serum around your nose, and mouth and eye area. I’m using Stila One-Step Correct.

I’m going for a water-based foundation that’ll be keeping skin nice and hydrated. Anything with a silicone base in it will seem more cake-y and more made up, so try to keep everything hydra-based. Use hydrating serums and things like that as opposed to pore filling. So really light, really shiny, glossy skin.

For eyes, I like to use a primer from Urban Decay and called Sin, kind of like a Champagne, sheer cream eyeshadow. It’s going to keep those powders and glossy cream shadows stuck to it without creasing so you’ll have that really cool, not wet-look, but more of a satin look on the eyes.

For nails, the vibe is Studio 54 with that cool kind of mink cashmere.

Just brush brows up and use a very thin pencil. I like the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown – it’s a very thin pencil that you wind up and twist. You can do each individual hair – everyone has the odd bald spot so you can just do one or two little wisps and make them [eyebrows] look a little bit more full without them looking drawn on or stencilled.

For nails, the vibe is Studio 54 with that cool kind of mink cashmere, kind of like a greige – then we put a silver and gold fleck glitter on top of it, sparingly. Kind of luxurious, but fun!

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Aidan D’Arcy, Toni & Guy

The look for today was a 1970s-inspired, quite Farrah Fawcett-y, very textured wave. To achieve the look the hair was tonged and then brushed out just before shooting. I blast-dried some label.m Volume Mousse into the hair to give some hold, and then we tonged it and used some hairspray as well to hold while all of those curls were pinned into place, section by section, almost like brickwork.

The look was 1970s-inspired, quite Farrah Fawcett-y.

Just wrap it the curl around your finger in a tight kind of a barrel shape all around your finger, then just pin it at the root. Briony’s hair is quite long so I’m doing them in quite small sections, to get a defined wave. For people with thinner hair you could do them in bigger sections.

Depending on the hair texture, I’d leave those pinned for 20-30 minutes. Then you brush it through with a bristle brush to create the shape you want – and maybe, if needed, a light kind of hairspray towards the end. No serums or anything like that.

Briony Somers, model with Distinct Model Management

I started modelling about three-and-a-half years ago, when I sent pictures my sister had taken into an agency. I modelled part-time while I was in college, studying History and Politics, but it’s kind of erratic. It’s not going to be Monday to Friday, 9-to-5. Some weeks you could have a couple of things in a week and then other weeks you wouldn’t have anything on.

With modelling, each thing you do is different and there’s something great about each thing. Each one is so different that you can’t really weigh them up against each other. I really enjoyed doing shows in London, there was great adrenaline… I’ve done Simone Rocha, and John Rocha as well. That was really cool.

Interviews are weird – you’re like, ‘I don’t do any of the speaking! That’s outside my job description.’

Interviews are weird – you’re like, ‘I don’t do any of the speaking! That’s outside my job description.’ The best bit of modelling is all the people you get to meet and that it’s always so different and it’s really creative.

The worst I guess is the way you’re working – it’s not always very reliable, and you don’t know what you’re going to be doing week to week. There’s not much security in it. Sometimes you’re like, ‘Maybe it’ll all just stop tomorrow and I’ll never do it ever again.’

My mum is a chef, so growing up we would always have eaten really healthily. For me it’s not a diet thing, it’s just a general life thing to eat good quality food and to avoid processed food. I also really love yoga but I don’t do it with any kind of body focus, I just enjoy doing it.