BEAUTY BEAT: Key looks from Paris Fashion Week 2013

As a makeup artist its important to keep your eye on beauty and fashion trends, especially those from New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, which generally make a big impact in the southern hemisphere on the upcoming seasonal trends.   I’m always trying to catch all the latest looks and get inspiration from the runways  and Paris fashion week is no exception. There was no shortage of drama and colour from the shows this year. Here’s a breakdown of two big looks that were prevalent.

TREND ONE: Metallic/ Silver Eyes

Among one of the major highlights of recently-wrapped Paris Fashion Week 2013 was the eye makeup. There were two distinct eye trends present at Paris Fashion Week, one being the smokey eye and the other silver or metallic-hued eyeshadow.

A splash of silver eyeshadow or a well-placed line of metallic shimmer eyeliner lends itself to an instantly polished makeup look. It has this ability to make everything look just that much more luxurious. At Paris Fashion Week, silver eyeshadow become a bit of an emerging trend and the colour du jour, most apparent in the eye makeup at Dior, Maxine Simoens and Leonard.



The makeup at the Dior shows, artfully executed by Pat McGrath, is always as coveted as the clothing collections. This season was no exception, with delicate silver eyeliner combined with a rich pink lip stain, making a livelier alternative to some of the nudes we have seen on the runways.



Pat applied a feline-esque wing in metallic silver hovering just over the crease and then etched along the lower lash line, in a nod to futuristic luxe.



Over at Chanel, the coolest eye makeup trend this season was glitter peepers for a fun, glam evening makeup look.  Make-up genius Peter Philips paired eyes with a velvet skin, clean lashes, brushed up brows and healthy balmy, bee-stung lips.



These carefully applied sequins along the lash line are the chic and luxurious beauty statement that takes the golden ticket for autumn/winter 2013.





TREND TWO:  Bushy Brows

One of the most striking beauty feature were the bushy eyebrows, abundant on the catwalks of Balmain, Dries van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rochas.


The brows at the latter two shows veered on the bold side, with Rochas  choosing a more natural look, highlighting cheekbones with bronze tint. Gaultier, conversely, opted for a radiant pale face with some blush, to contrast with dark brows and hair.




At the beautiful Matthew Williamson show, brows were also in the limelight with makeup artist Lisa Eldridge using Benefit Cosmetics for big, natural, bushy brows. Eldridge ‘backcombed’ the brows using brow gel, working it into the roots of the brows to create bulk before brushing up to smooth.


Matthew Williamson

What are your favourite looks from Paris Fashion Week 2013?? Sound off in the comments!!



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