22/02/2012 17:11 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Backstage Beauty: Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter 2012

mary-katrantzou Mary Katrantzou A/W 2012. Photo: PA

Mac makeup artist Val Garland couldn't contain her excitement about Mary Katrantzou's Autumn/Winter collection backstage at the show.

She described the clothes as simply "amazing... full of structure and detail", and for this reason, the makeup was "bare and minimal with a modern take on eye liner".

Garland created an architectural "double step bolt" across the eye lids using either Mac Cream Liner or Penultimate Pen in black, while the face was left to look "beautiful and alabaster" with Mac Face + Body and a touch of concealer.

As for the statement top knots, Wella hairstylist Anthony was inspired by "cool Japanese kids... but these pom-pom style buns are still elegant and we've aimed to show off the proportions of the clothes with their high neck-lines".

He dried the hair with Wella Shape Control Mousse and a flat paddle brush before tying with an elastic. The hair was then teased around quickly (extensions were added where needed) and sprayed with Super Set Hairspray, although the finished look was far from up scraped back and polished. "Don't worry about flyaways", Anthony told us. "This look is far from up tight".

View more from the Mary Katrantzou collection in the gallery below: