For those who read this other blog post here and asked me about the khaki eyes at John Rocha’s A/W2012 show, then this is for you. If you pop in here regularly then you’ll know that I’m a bit of a mole at the fashion weeks when it comes to all things cosmetics and beauty and can be found wandering about mumbling and repeating things to myself backstage until I find a blank space in my notebook on which to jot things. My mumbling and scribblings are a combination of respect – how do make-up artists constantly throw up such new and fascinating ideas? – as well as my learning process – if I repeat a thing a few times and then jot it down maybe it’ll help me get my brain around the beauty speak so I can try and translate it? And when it came to understanding Danielle Winkworth’s khaki eye make-up above I mumbled and scribbled a lot backstage because it was something of a fun epiphany. You mean I can……

Mix my colours up on a paper plate, with a brush, or my fingers, like at a birthday party? Any colour I want?

Any colour? Including this green on the eyes?

And the I can mix these other greens into it?

Yes it all looked pretty tame and easy at first, but then I thought of vampires for some reason when I saw the brows being finished in little strokes with a brown pencil and didn’t feel silly for long because….

The inspiration for the eyes was Lord Byron and vampires and the little round green colour palettes being passed around backstage were a hushed secret until I was eventually told that they were theatre eye make-up colours from a palette made by a very, very old German theatre make-up company called Kryolan. The colours were also mixed on hands to get the correct shade of khaki for the eyes.

And the lips? The trick here is to brush on some foundation to take the natural lip colour down instantly and then a touch of lilac from the same 24 colour Kryolan palette gives a vampire wash to the lips.

And just when I think I’ve learnt enough to be able to mix up a batch and play responsibly with Kryolan’s vampire colours and order the 24 colour palette which has these greens I realise that they also do fluorescing ultraviolet colours which glow in the dark. They were used on Coldplay’s Charlie Brown film on fifty dancers. Watching how they glow in the dark in the second half of this Coldplay film just throws up all sorts of summer festival possibilities.