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Paris Couture Fall 2014 : Top Beauty Looks

Paris Couture Fall 2014 : Top Beauty Looks

| On 23, Jul 2014

The closing of the Paris Fall 2014 Couture season not only left us with a wish list of Dior, Chanel and Valentino gowns but also some jaw-dropping beauty looks to freshen our regime.

From futuristic metal, pre-Raphaelite pony tails, nude nails, ever-so-chic chignons and Lagerfeld’s ‘Fauxhawks’  the 2014 Couture show runways pushed the boundaries visually as makeup artists and designers experimented with a range of makeup looks to compliment the dream worthy designs. Pared back, fuss free hair, makeup and nails reigned supreme as each design house incorporated elements of visual interest inspired by the theatricality of their designs.

What we love most? While the couture gowns may be reserved for the crème de la crème of high society, the makeup seen on the fall runways was wearable and achievable by us mere mortals who can only dream of dressing in Haute Couture.


Ethereal Beauty : Sporting pale skin and white eye shadow, Valentino’s models were simple and serene inspired by none other than Ophelia. Makeup artist Pat McGarth created an angelic beautiful look opting for contoured skin with an added luminosity of white over the eyelids of the models. McGrath chose light brown mascara to coat the lashes and finished simply with a swipe of clear balm for the lips. Hair featured soft waves loosely gathered at the nape of the neck glistening with Redkens Shine Flash 02 mist. Perfectly Picturesque.

Armani Privé

Youthful & Fresh : Inspired by the monochrome palette of the Armani collection, models complexions were pale, highlighted only on the eye lids and cheeks. Linda Cantello opted for a light smokey look around the outer corners of the eyes while eye brows were accentuated with minimal arch. Opting for more than a classic cat eye or bold lip the Armani look was modern and fresh. Lashes were coated with a wet look finish mascara while hair was swept up high at the back of the head, softened by a sweeping fringe. This is one look that can be easily adopted into your own at-home makeup routine.

Christian Dior

Pretty & Pure: Dior’s beauty look called for white eye liner and bold brows. The look was simple yet modern and is totally at-home achievable. Makeup Director for the couture show, Peter Phillips drew beauty inspiration from the couture collection. A story that played on a juxtaposition of clacissim and imagination. Hair was kept simple, down and parted according to the mdoels natural part, fuss free. The choice of metallic eye liner added a point of interest to the simple look. Philips described his look as an ‘empty eye’ with no mascara and a fading out of the lower lashes. Nails complimented the makeup, which were kept short, neat and nude. Look out for this silver adhesive eyeliner available on Dior makeup counters.

Elie Saab

Pretty in Pink: The look of Elie Saab exuded youth as makeup was kept soft, fresh and pretty. Alabaster complexions, coated lashes and a soft pink pouted models were feminine and ethereal. A swipe of silver eye shadow to the inner corner of the eyes added a touch of shine, a truly attainable look, suitable for all. Inspired by shimmering seawaters, Tom Pecheux designed a silvery, blue-green washed eye that reflected the endless embellishments and glittering lace of the fairytale gowns. The look was completed with a semi-matte, soft coral lip.  


Ballerina buns & bold eyes: Moving away from the usual lux sheen commonly seen on the faces of Versace makeup maestro Pat McGrath worked to Donatella’s request of “couture modern”. Models walking the Versace runway showed off perfected skin, contoured cheeks and nude lips. To compliment the simple and clean skin, McGrath created a two toned peacock wing and shimmering shadows of teal and midnight blue. Upper lashes were coated heavily while lower lashes were left natural. Brows were groomed while a neutral lip balanced out the dramatic eyes. Nails were kept nude and shiny. High gloss was also seen in the hair that featured the classic and oh so parisienne chignon, strength added with the tails starkly straightened and pointing outwards. A truly feminine and strong look, one we love.

Giambattista Valli

Very young, Very clean: This look created by makeup artist Val Garland aimed to project a young, beautiful, fresh faced and natural woman down the runways of the Giambattista Valli show. To create the look garland used MAC cosmetics including Care Blends Essential Oils, Marine Bright Formula Essence/Sérum and Mineralize Foundation.
Brows were brushed up for a slightly androgynous feel and lips were natural in hue and kept matte. Hair was low buns with white scarves wrapped around the sunglass wearing models heads. Creative and cute, this look definitely has us excited for spring!

While we may have to start saving our pennies for a piece of Haute Couture, these makeup looks are instantly achievable allowing everyone to share in a piece of backstage beauty.