Haute Couture beauty is always a mixed bag. There are houses that consistently show minimalistic, soft, shaded looks and there are others who push the boundaries of costume to provoke thought, imitation, and sometimes even ridicule. This season's key looks ranged from demure faux bobs to animal printed hair and here are a few of our favorites:
A simple look at first glance, we love the use of metallics on the lips. Metallics are often shied away from anywhere but the eye but this pink/copper tone not only highlights the model's luminous skin tone but also adds a 3D quality to the lips. If you're trying this look at home, avoid colors that look too frosted like mauve or pink and try a plum or rust tone instead.
The mechanics behind a faux bob are often a mystery but in this behind-the-scenes peek, we see how the artists at Armani Prive used a tracking technique to hide the bulk of the hair. This not only removes length but it provides a solid base to pin the top layers into when constructing the back.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Well, here it is. Our token crazy look of the season. While the style itself is best left on the runways, we can absolutely take color inspiration from this look. The dip dye craze is over but chalking and creative color are still running rampant. Instead of a bold pink or blue try hair chalking with a gold or champagne tone.
This is a look that is perfect for the current weather (provided it's sunny wherever you're reading this). By using blendable cream shadows with a bit of shimmer, a smoky eye can transform your look without looking melted at the end of the night. Here, we love the use of different metallic tones under the gunmetal base.
The cat eye flick is a staple for many women, and it's often hard to mix it up without looking clown-like, but this fishtail flick is a great alternative. Even if you don't take it quite so far towards the temple, try adding a second flick to your cat eye for special occasions.
As with Zuhair Murad, we see here a grey-toned smoky eye that's a significant departure from the usual black. As black can often feel heavy, this silvery grey keeps the drama but adds a natural highlight to the lid by catching the light.
While this is a more traditional haute couture makeup look, there are definitely elements that could be adopted into your everyday routine. Leave the powdery white temples for the models but try this silver and peach eye for a more dramatic daytime look. If you're having trouble with shimmer placement on the inner corner, either try a liner instead of a shadow or simply wet your eyeshadow brush to give a more precise line.
Orange eyes have been trying to break out of the weird category to the sphere of wonderful for years but it never seems to work. What we love about this look in particular is the even wash of color that it not too overwhelming. There's no heavy liner or bold mascara to draw your attention in, just a simple shade, blended well.
As these are the fall shows, we'd be remiss if we didn't show you a look that's perfect for the cooler weather. This olive taupe base paired with dark liner and lashes is a great go-to look for fall. The taupe adds depth to the socket-line without heavy contouring and adds shade without slipping into the standard smoky eye.