Though we’ve always loved the “less is more” aesthetic, the beauty looks from Couture Week thus far have us head over heels. Seriously—the looks are take-your-breath-away good. Typically filled with bold brows, luxurious bordeaux lips, and perfectly matte complexions, fall and winter beauty trends are gorgeous—albeit somewhat predictable. And though we love an excuse to rock a vampy lip, we also have an infatuation with fresh, pure, lit-from-within makeup—exactly the inspiration behind this week’s looks from shows such as Dior, Versace, and Armani. In fact, the models were nothing short of flawlessly fairy-esque, sporting earthy, barely there eye shadow, radiant skin, and bewitching lips. Keep scrolling for the need-to-know beauty breakdowns—no pixie dust required.
Describing Simons’s silhouettes as “ethereal yet very contemporary,” Peter Philips (the creative and image director for Dior makeup) felt it was important to create an accompanying beauty look that would perfectly suit the designer’s modern collection. To complement, he created a “subtly sensual,” “angelically beautiful” image that has us dreaming of waterfalls, flower crowns, and sugar plums.
Complexions were light, with a slight sheen evoking an ethereal, almost dew-laden effect. Philips lightly buffed Dior’s Diorskin Star Studio Foundation ($50) (followed by Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen, $38, for added radiance) into the skin and then nixed any leftover redness or imperfections with the brand’s Fix It 2-in-1 Prime and Conceal Stick, which launches in August.
Eyes were kept understated with a light coral shadow that had a delicate brightening effect. And though the exact color used isn’t sold in the U.S., Philips recommends Dior’s Dior5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($62) in Candy Choc (the pastel pink shade in the upper left-hand corner of the palette is perfection).
As for the models’ lips? They were kept “completely natural and transparent with the brand’s Addict Lip Maximizer ($33) patted on for a subtle shine.” We love the just-bitten effect and how the girls’ natural color showed through for a subtly pretty effect.
At Versace, it was all about the hair. To create a “fantasy-like” look evocative of wood sprites and fairies, Redken’s global creative director, Guido, created a perfectly undone look complete with tousled waves and leafy headbands. (Okay, are we the only ones who want to chuck off our heels, let down our hair, and run through the woods, like stat?!)
Taking us through the process, Guido described the look as extremely “romantic” but ever-so-slightly “tough” and “rock ’n’ roll.” The result was a ’70s hipster–meets–whimsical nymph hybrid that we are completely obsessed with. To create the look, Guido started with clean hair (try Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner, $20 each, for ultra-healthy locks). He then created a center part, lightly misting Redken’s Fashion Waves 07 ($19) sea salt spray all over hair for a dose of natural texture. After allowing the hair to air-dry, he finished off the look with a one-inch curling iron, creating small bends for added volume and movement. To finish? A light dose of Redken’s Wind Blown 05 ($22) finishing spray all over hair for that just-ran-through-the-woods look.
Daring to upset the typical fall lipstick agenda (see the aforementioned dark, luxurious lips), Armani International makeup artist Linda Cantello reinterpreted (hallelujah!), adorning models instead with fantastically fuchsia lips. With what she calls a mix of “excess and elegance,” the look (paired with a pop of blush and the epitome of a subtle smoky eye) still conveyed that effortless, barely there look—just oh-so-perfectly amplified.
For perfectly pale and naturally toned skin, Cantello applied Armani’s Crema Nuda Tinted Cream ($200) in either shade 1 or 2 (though the brand’s Maestro Fusion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $64, creates an equally flawless effect). For a more customized blush, Cantello blended Crema Nuda in Shade 1 with a pink pigment before applying directly to the models’ cheekbones.
Eyes were defined with the brand’s Smooth Silk Eye Pencil ($30), while Giorgio Armani’s innovative and ultra-moisturizing Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick ($35) in Maharajah was applied to lips for an intensely bright pink tint.
According to Lagerfeld, no blondes were allowed in his sci-fi, “computer-designed couture” show. Sam McKnight (the mastermind behind the bold, futurist bobs that the models sported) embraced the command, creating dark wigs featuring sharp angles and lengths. With tresses taken care of, makeup artist Tom Pecheaux created bold arches, brightly colored contours along the cheekbones, and bright, matte lips in an assortment of mauves and cherries. Though the futuristic results were severe and unexpected, we’re kind of obsessed.
It’s safe to say that our jaws dropped when we got our fist glimpse of the beauty that was the Elie Saab fall couture runway show. Deeply romantic and ever-so-slightly medieval, deeply winged liner accented by gold shadow (applied to the inner corners of the eyes) created a Midas-esque feel that we want to copy ASAP (like, the second we get home).
Flawless skin, lush lashes, and that lip—models at the Stéphane Rolland show couldn’t have looked more perfect. Pristine skin (sans any crazy contouring or statement blush) was on full display, thanks to the models’ slicked-back hair, while bright red lips and doll-like lashes made a bold statement.
A dark, smoked-out eye combined with a nude lip may be one of our favorite makeup pairings to date. Thus, we crushed hard when we saw the versions sported on the Tony Ward runway. Expertly blended outward, the dark, winged-out shadow artfully complemented the models’ radiant skin (are you noticing a trend here?) and naked lips. Touches of highlighter on models’ chins, noses, and cupid’s bows, along with softly swept-up hair, added the perfect, dreamy touch.
We have major love for any beauty look that veers on the daring side—turquoise-tinged lids, rosebud lips, and poppy-colored cheeks included. Though the combination of the three is pretty major, we love how the colors pop and enhance each model’s genetically blessed features. We also have a serious thing for the part-grungy, part-romantic updo.
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