Fashion Week

Beauty blog: Ariel inspires a beauty look

Mermaids are having a beauty moment as we go under the sea for inspiration at Paris Fashion Week.

Stylist Beauty Editor Sam Flowers is reporting on the SS15 beauty trends, insider gossip and expert tips from backstage at Paris Fashion Week


Yesterday at Elie Saab, make-up artist Tom Pecheux told us that the look was inspired by the summer - peachy lips guided by warm sunsets and aquatic ombré eyes created using oceanic blues and greens.

Now, echoing the ocean homages on the fashion side at Rodarte and Emporio Armani - and a peek of puka at Isabel Marant - Valentino has given us seashell adorned hair. It seems Ariel-inspired beauty is big news for SS15...


We've spotted a new trend - root painting! Embrace and enhance those pesky roots for SS15 like Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble who took his inspiration from the summer bright collection using water-based body paints painted onto the roots - designed to wash out straight after the show:

The hair washing station backstage at Chloe: Wella shampoo rinsed out with mineral water #onlythebest

The final look at Chloe:


"It's not a makeup look, it's a feeling," make-up artist Lucia Pieroni explained. "It's a mood. It's how we're all going to look in the future. Not like an army of sci-fi cyborgs but beautiful, radiant, glowing!"

With a collection based on sustainability and modernism (even the fabrics were dyed using recycled water) it was a look ahead for Kenzo.

Interpreting this, Pieroni kept the face clean save for the eyes; a subtle blown-out statement that began with a slick of iridescent Mac Eye Gloss in Pearl Varnish, ended with Reflex glitter with Mac Pigment in Silver sandwiched inbetween. If this is the future of make-up, I'm in!

Meanwhile, hair stylist Anthony Turner was in his element creating his futuristic take on hair, "I'm just excited to be let loose to do something creative this season," he told me hinting at the gorgeous but simple hairstyles we've seen all season. "When I was told the idea was the future, it made me think of something a bit manga meets graphic meets boyish."

Using Bumble and bumble Full Volume Mousse hair was blow-dried straight and sectioned into two parts which were then folded on themselves, origami style, "it has to be tight, too loose would look too lady." Turner then pulled the lengths of the hair over from the back to the front, creating faux-fringes which he made spiky by spraying a little Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray onto the tips of his fingers and separating.

To finish, half a can of the same hairspray per girl, "it makes the texture look plasticky and reflective. That's the future of hair."

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The look:

The nails:

The skatepark setting for the show:

The final look:


Each model was given a unique, playful look inspired by a child's much-loved collection of Victorian dolls:

What's your flavour? Coffee shop, movie theatre or music studio?



This morning at Haider Ackermann was slightly strained. Not only did the Mac make-up artists, headed by the creative force that is Yadim, have 40 models' brows to bleach, they also had the task of turning them into a tribe of otherworldly creatures, "and that's when I thought, it has to be wigs," hair genius and Wella Professionals Global Creative Director, Eugene Souleiman explained, while Yadim hurried off to check on the brow lightening, "and when you need to colour 40 wigs the same icy, glacial colour with two days notice," there's only one man for the job...

Eugene gave hair a "butchered buzzcut" finish in Josh Wood's custom-coloured wigs dyed in crystallised tones of glacial blonde

Enter colour King, Josh Wood who had worked through the night stripping the colour, desaturating, bleaching and toning forty wigs, "but this isn't about a trend," Wood was clear to point out, "I'm not saying that everyone should be an icy blonde for spring 2015, it's more like a metaphor for a new start. Strip everything back and start again."

Yadim used Mac Paint Pot in Perky on the eyelids, white mascara and layers of clear gloss to create a 'poetic' mood on the face

So we should press the reset button. What could be more fitting for a fresh season like spring?

"Buzzed and bleached @wellahair tough beauty #PFWSS15"


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