Of anti-selfie makeup and theatrical eyes on the ramp
Paris is the Fashion Week most famed for its out-there beauty looks, and the ready-to-wear spring/summer 2016 shows didn’t disappoint. But amid the facial beads and the scarecrow-style headgear, there was evidence of some very pertinent makeup trends. The sweet romantic: Spring always calls for sweetness and light, and this was the mantra adopted at Christian Dior, where the beauty look was fresh and angelic. The models wore a dewy-finish foundation with a dab of blusher blooming high on the cheekbone, with a smudge of pink-hued eyeshadow and an opaque, light pink lip. Eyebrows were left to do their own thing and lashes were uncoated for a virtuous aes- thetic. The trend was also taken up by Alexander McQueen, where blusher was once again one of the key ingredients, matched with a soft coral lip colour. Louis Vuitton debuted spiky theatrical eyelashes painted onto the skin above and below the eyes, a dramatic twist on the trend. Dare to bare The natural look was a big theme at New York Fashion Week, and it resurfaced again in Paris, with several designers toning things down for the ‘no-makeup’ look. Nearly-bare faces were seen at Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant, who spoke of aiming for an ‘anti-selfie’ vibe. The futuristic eye Maison Margiela led the way with its funky, abstract forms painted onto the face in vibrant colours, stretching up to the temple. Chanel opted for a pale blue washed across the entire eye area and Giambattista Valli used glittery transfers for a disco-ready sparkle. Dries van Noten made the look more wearable, highlighting the eyelids with a strip of shiny, metallic liner.
The fresh beauty look at Christian Dior included a sculpted face, thanks to dewy cheeks with a dab of blush
At Stella McCartney, the toneddown beauty look
Blue-streaked eyes at Chanel