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This summer’s couture shows signalled a beauty reawakening. Behold the looks inspiring a mini beauty revolution.
As models took to the catwalks in Paris for the haute couture AW 2021/2022 shows, we were transfixed by the beauty on display. Sure, the clothes were breathtaking - it is haute couture after all - but our eyes were honestly more focused on the hair, make-up, and manicures than the elaborate gowns.
Through intimate presentations, audience-free runways and live-streamed events, brands found innovative ways to set the beauty agenda for the season ahead and provided endless inspiration for those of us who had all but retired our make-up bags for the last year and a half (save for a bit of blush and lip balm). Here, are some of the most memorable make-up looks from the couture catwalks, making us want to up our beauty game.
Dior: Deep Blue Wings
Navy-blue liner made an appearance at DIOR with make-up artist Peter Philips’ structured-yet-smoky underliner. He expertly drew the Dior show Stylo Waterproof Liner in 091 Matte Black along the lower lash lines, before fanning it out into the inner and outer corners of the eye. Then, he carefully smudged midnight blue shadow from the 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in 279 Denim on top of it with a flat brush. From there, mascara was swiped on, and the rest of the make-up, again, was kept dewy and barely there.
Armani Privé: Powder Blue Lids
Blue proved another beauty anchor at ARMANI PRIVÉ too. Giorgio Armani’s international make-up artist, Linda Cantello, took the reins with a powder blue eye look. The talented genius that she is, she mixed up the pastel hue on the spot to create a liquid-like finish on the models’ lids. Then, she painted on lines of the blue from the crease down. This sky-blue shade was later paired with a combo of the Giorgio Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Lip Pencil and Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm in 1 for a subtle kiss of pink.
Chanel: Braided Mohawks and Double Wings
CHANEL's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 look offered plenty to digest. Let's start with the hair, shall we? Chunky Dutch braids were woven atop the models' heads like utterly modern mohawks, while ultra-long velvet ribbons were tied to the nape of their necks. And who can forget those eyes? A duo of wings stacked the upper and lower lids with the blackest of matte pitch blacks flicking outward from the top lashes in a thick line. A soft midnight blue was sharply etched along the bottom lash line in a similar shape with points added onto the inner corners of the eyes. The rest of the make-up was surprisingly left fresh and simple with minimal base make-up and lips were dabbed in Rouge Coco bloom in number 110 Chance.
Zuhair Murad: Smokey Brown Eye
It is always a glamorous affair on the Zuhair Murad catwalk and in this couture collection, the first since the designer's atelier was destroyed in the devastating explosion in Beirut, he wanted to look forward. "I wanted to show it in a physical format as a celebration of renewal and hope," he said. "My clients almost demanded it. They want to enjoy life, go out again, buy new pieces and look beautiful, resuming a sense of luxe fastueux."
Cue the CHARLOTTE TILBURY team who worked off Zuhair’s brief of capturing the luxurious, opulent feel of the couture collection whilst complementing the undone, effortless styling. The result was Charlotte’s signature cool-toned, brown smokey eye with blown-out, seamlessly blended eyeliner and a matte, pressed-on nude apricot lip. The brows were brushed-up and feathered for a full, fluffy, natural look using the Supermodel Brow collection, which worked perfectly with the neutral matte nudes in the Super Nudes Easy Eye Palette. It was a sneak preview of the new collection Charlotte is launching this autumn, and left us wanting more! Senior Pro Artist EMEA, Sam Tsan, who worked on our Breaking Free fashion shoot this issue, also worked backstage on the show.
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