PFW: From statement nails to natural hair, see all the beauty looks that reigned supreme

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New York was all about nineties hairstyles, London brought us natural textures and at Milan, crystal eyeliner sparkled from the catwalk, but it seems all the best looks were saved til last.

Here’s are the most eye-catching trends from Paris Fashion Week. 

Red lips

Rochas a/w 2018

Alexander McQueen a/w 2018

Seen at: Rochas, Alexander McQueen

Dramatic red lips in a variety of arresting tones marched down the Paris catwalks. At Alexander McQueen, satin finish crimson lips were even more dramatic set against a barely there, pared-back complexion. While at Rocha, lips were matte, dark and deep. Lead make-up artist Lynsey Alexander lined lips first with Mac Ruby Woo Lip Pencil, £14, and layered Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me, £18, painted on with a brush to ensure total precision. Finally Alexander dusted on Mac Basic Red Pigment, £16.50, for extra staying power and a a rich velvet like finish.

Frizzy hair

Sonia Rykiel a/w 2018

Seen at: Sonia Rykiel, Acne Studios

Yes, you read that correctly. What has traditionally been a hair no-no is now are hair must-try. Models sat through a lengthy re-style at Sonia Rykiel as hair was crimped and teased to look as frizzy as possible, then sculpted into architectural flips and curves. At Acne Studios, there was a pastoral romance to the collection and hair mirrored this carefree countryside vibe. The natural texture of each models’ hair was respected and hairstylists didn’t overload it with product, which meant a halo of frizz remained over curls and waves. The look reflected the laid back attitude of the clothes.


Giambattista Valli a/w 2018

Seen at: Giambattista Valli, Maison Martin Margiela

Val Garland is no stranger to glitter, having experimented with the shimmery stuff for a number of Giambattista Valli shows. However, this season she took it to extremes and literally blew sparkles all over the model’s faces backstage. To wear the look in real life, you might want to dial it down a little, but we salute Val for bringing something so daring to PFW. At Maison Martin Margiela, make-up artist Pat Mcgrath, who is no stranger to glitter, either, debuted a holograph glitter lip. Mcgrath painted on micro-fine glitter in hues of gold, purple, blue, pink and green, that blended together to create what looked like something you’d spot in outer space.


Givenchy a/w 2018

Chanel a/w 2018

Seen at: Givenchy, Chanel

The Parisians are known to be big fans of mascara, and at Paris Fashion Week, it’s a staple we’ve seen season after season – unlike at the London shows where the model’s lashes were void of pigment for a cooler, minimal take on beauty. At Givenchy, Pat McGrath kept the focus on the lashes and upped the ante by painting them with layers of mascara, separating them as she went along to create a doll-like effect. At Chanel, lashes were curled and then the mid-lengths to ends coated with an eye-catching slick of black to juxtapose the airy, diffused quality of the bronzed washed eye. 

Statement nails

Seen at: Vivienne Westwood

Westwood designer Andreas Kronthaler paid homage to his collaborator and muse, Vivienne, by dedicating this seasons looks to her and their love story. Vivienne is known for her fearless aesthetic, so Marian Newman used an array of CND products to emblazon medium length, softly squared manicured nails with powerful and unapologetic messages like ‘Human Power’, ‘Sex Sex’ and more.

Images: REX / Instagram