Paris Fashion Week is considered the grand finale to fashion month, with dramatic beauty looks expected on the catwalk as well as on the streets. From standout eyelashes to plain yet pretty pony tails, these are our favourite beauty highlights from PFW
Kicking off at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in January, when make-up artist Pat McGrath placed pretty feathers on to fake lashes for the Valentino show, dramatic lashes are certainly having a moment. Andreas Kronthaler x Vivienne Westwood and Courrèges went big on top and bottom lids with metallic and orange choppy lashes, giving a central focus to each model’s eye. Dior offered a hand-drawn form, with 1960s Twiggy-inspired thick black lines casually drawn below the lower lid.
Make-up artist Val Garland gave us our favourite interpretation. For the Giambattista Valli collection, she created a Guy Bourdin-inspired ‘done but underdone’ aesthetic. A no make-up, make-up face offered a naked palette for Garland’s ultra-cool metallic lashes, which stood out against the reflective silver craft paper and white lines she painted on the model’s upper lids.
As well as statement hair and make-up, Paris Fashion Week showed that the popularity of nail art has grown exponentially in the last few years. Taking your average nail artistry up a notch, Manish Arora and Koche offered fingertips embellished with crystals and sequins.
Continuing the theme for a bare face with an impactful eye, some designers opted for dramatic lashes, while others used pastel eye shadows. At Neith Nyer, Leonard Paris and Valentino, watercolour-effect eyes were a popular choice for a pop of colour, using neon blue, orange and pink shadows blended softly around the eye socket with little to no mascara on the lashes. Haider Ackermann, Guy Laroche and Marques’Almeida went for exaggerated eyeliner in red and pink tones, thickly drawn above the eye.
A naked face has featured so much in recent seasons it’s become more of a movement than your everyday beauty trend. Synonymous with laid-back French-girl attitude, a no make-up, make-up look is quintessentially Parisian, encouraging an emphasis on good skincare, grooming for natural, thick eyebrows, and moisturising lips with a translucent lip balm. Fashion favourites such as Balmain and Stella McCartney favoured a bare face look, which drew the eye to gold hair and ear accessories, while Thom Browne’s no make-up and slicked-back hair paired well with his always-androgynous collection.
The pony tail is a classic, practical style that always looks chic. We saw lower pony-tail styles this season, with Balmain’s fuss-free, simple take on it, using a single hair tie. Continuing the trend for hair accessories, Akris’s black tubular clip from hair stylist Guido Palau had a contemporary look that ensured an effortless aesthetic. Olivier Theyskens’s slicked-back interpretation matched his grungy, smoky-eye make-up.
Autumn/winter hues were an inspiration for Koche and Chloé, with bold matte lips seen at many of the shows. Where Koche went for a smudged red look and thick black mascara, Chloé’s classic burgundy paired well with the brand’s folky and autumnal ready-to-wear collection. Yohji Yamamoto and Talbot Runhof offered the perfect contrast, with Yohji Yamamoto opting for a gothic, black gloss, and Talbot using a pretty peach matte lip that would take you from day to night.