Beauty Biographies is a weekly column where we ask some of our favourite people to reflect on the beauty items that have influenced their lives and have a sentimental place in their heart. From their grandmother’s perfume to the eyeshadow they wore to their first dance, these are the products that have had a significant impact on them and that instantly transport them back to a particular time, place, or person.
Dilara Findikoglu’s designs are instantly recognisable. Bringing together influences from the punk, metal, and goth subcultures and injected with a heavy dose of romance and drama, no one else is making clothes quite like her. For Dilara’s debut runway collection, SS18, shown in the basement of a Soho strip club, the CSM graduate sent an assortment of satanic and occult-inspired creatures down the runway including a model with a pentagram painted across her face, various devil horns, and a vampire straight out of Buffy – created by our very own Isamaya Ffrench.
As well as the horror influences, weaved throughout Dilara’s work is important social commentary on feminism, religion and politics. Earlier this year, Dilara released an all-inclusive bridal collection designed for not only straight couples but gay and non-binary ones too, while she showcased her political views with a comic book last December, in which a superhero version of the designer travels time and space with the goal of bringing down Trump. Here Dilara talks us through the beauty products that shaped her life growing up.
Lancome Juicy Tube Lip Gloss
When I was 12 years old, all the cool girls at school would have this lip gloss and I’d always carry one in my shirt pocket. It was before my emo stage and thinking back it looked so gross but I thought that my lips looked really kissable wearing this gloss.
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Black Nail Varnish (chipped off)
When I was in high school I would wear black nail varnish but intentionally chipped off, sometimes layered with red varnish too.
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Nars Nail Polish Back Room
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Polish A L’Huile Noir Oxyde