Paris Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, effectively ending the month-long parade of pretty that spans continents. Of the various backstage beauty inspirations—which range from staid (a gorgeous, naturally beautiful French girl!) to wild (a prom dress with sneakers)—we came across, it’s the ones that tip toward the dramatic that are most thrilling. This season’s greatest grooming hits included theatrical eye accoutrements, color-blocked hairstyles and sun-kissed stares.
Theatrical Eye Accoutrements
At Chanel, bedazzled brows created by Peter Philips, Chanel’s Creative Director of Makeup, sparkled as the models glided down the runway, while at Alexander McQueen, a robotic, uniformly glamorous visored army—donning a neutral pink lip and pulled-back hair—ruled the catwalk. Lastly, at Miu Miu, the beauty concept boasted circus-like makeup in ‘50s-era light blue hues, adorned with stick-on stones reminiscent of the ones we rocked in grade school before piercing our ears.
Sunny Delight Lids
Makeup maven Pat McGrath went for an ethereal, gossamer glow at Dior using a gilded palette of shades. McGrath applied beige liner on the eye’s inner rim, followed by loose powder in iridescent white gold, which she applied around the eye in a C-shape. Pantone 2012 shade Tangerine Tango made a bold statement backstage at Dries Van Noten. The hot hue was applied to the eyelid, from the lash line all the way to the brows. A corresponding peach lip lacquer kept the look in the same color family without looking too matchy. Lastly, at Gareth Pugh, a more subtle iteration of the shade decorated the models’ lids in a look inspired by the virginal, dewy faces of 18th century nuns. MAC makeup artist Alex Box used MAC Naked Pigment and MAC Pro Shine Mixing Medium together with Luna Cream Color Base, blending the mixture around upper and lower eyelids and adding interest via a pink opal pigment on the inner corners.
At Haider Ackermann, Wella Global Creative Director Eugene Souleiman structured the hair look by layering matte and metallic colors for a modern feel. Similarly, at Issey Miyake, Souleiman created a more subtle color-blocking technique by applying a “stripe” of gel through the hair: “It creates an extra detail which adds to the overall minimal effect and plays on the concepts of texture and shine.” Jean Paul Gaultier hairstylist Guido Palau, meanwhile, created coifs involving long, straight strands featuring colored sections just on the crown of the head—for an androgynous vibe.
See our first round of Paris Fashion Week beauty trends!