Beauty trends from Paris Fashion Week
Paris’ autumn/winter ready-to-wear shows may have drawn to a close, but there are many bold trends from the runway that can inspire your look right now.
The dramatic smoky eye
As urban grunge makes a comeback, at least on the fashion runways, eye makeup is darker, bolder and smudgy. In Paris the look was demonstrated at the Saint Laurent show by the thick-winged eyeliner that flicked up at the model's temples, and contrasted against bleached white eyebrows and vinyl red lipstick. Similarly, eyes were the main event at Dries Van Noten, and were smudged with deep grey and black shadow right out to the temples. To get the look, make a base for the shadow by coating the eyelid with a layer of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and then blend several shades of dark grey eyeshadows, such as Benefit’s Smokin' eyes palette.
In a bold beauty move, several fashion brands took to lightening their models’ eyebrows. At Givenchy, they were bleached so much they appeared invisible, a direct contrast with heavy kohl eye makeup the models wore. For those willing to try the look at home, Sally Hansen’s Crème Hair Bleach is gentle enough for delicate and can be done with any brow colour. For those who aren’t feeling so daring and don't want to end up looking like a Lady Gaga impersonator, consult your beautician about lightening your brows a few shades.
The new trend for glam goth manifested itself in very dark, high-gloss lips. Dior stole the show with black lacquered pouts that screamed attitude, while at Maison Margiela the models' lips were outlined in thick liner, with the rest of the mouth left bare for a slightly abstract look. Let your lips speak volumes with an intense lipstick such as Illamasqua’s Pristine, a pure black lip colour with a matt finish. It can also be applied as a stain for those less daring, but make sure you apply it with an angled liner brush for a super sharp cupid’s bow.
Things were much lighter over at Courrèges, where models had pale iridescent colour dabbed into the inner corner of the eyes. To get a similar effect, sweep Bobbi Brown’s metallic long-wear cream shadow over your lids for a soft velvety finish. The neutral colour allows for mistakes, so scribble freely and then touch up with a cotton bud.