Beauty Lessons From Paris Fashion Week
Polished and elegant
The Parisian shows displayed a definite bias towards the chic and the minimal when it came to runway beauty, with several designers opting for a polished, natural approach. At Dior, there were scrubbed-clean complexions, girlish pigtails and glossy lips, while Stella McCartney championed shiny hair and flawless skin, also teamed with a slick of lip gloss. The Saint Laurent approach focused on sumptuously dewy complexions, flirty lashes and sleek hair, while winged eyeliner and glowing skin kept the Elie Saab catwalk look grown up and glamorous.
Imperfect lipstick and flashes of colour lent a romance to the looks at Shiatzy Chen, where the models rocked neat, winged eyeliner and a hint of bitten-off, blurred red lipstick for a bee-stung effect. Maison Margiela plumped for a similar approach, with makeup artist Pat McGrath creating a wartime-esque look that focused on radiant skin, bushy brows and full lips. At Chanel, the lip colour was concentrated at the centre of the lips, resulting in a charmingly imperfect look.
Facial accessories were also big news this season, with makeup artists creating abstract and unique looks by using the models' faces as artistic canvases. At Dries Van Noten, Peter Philips used studs to come up with a punk-like, theatrical look, while Pat McGrath created dazzling gold eyes and brows for Valentino, using shimmering gems. At Giambattista Vali the models sported romantic flowers on their faces, for a fresh, springtime look.