With the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week spring 2016 over, we must begin to reflect on all that we saw. From the superb art pieces turned into dresses to the lower key designs more fit for a ready-to-wear, the past few days have certainly been full of intriguing looks and incredible designs. Of course, the beauty is not restricted to the actual clothing worn on the runways only, either, but to the hair, the accessories, the makeup and more. We were certainly left impressed by both hair and makeup, from luminous skin to gorgeous shadows, and we are looking forward to trying them out on ourselves, even if many of us cannot afford to pick up a couture dress. What are some of the top spring/ summer 2016 couture beauty trends anyhow?
#1: Luminous Complexions
Lately the matte look is not really in and we are perfectly happy with that. Furthermore, it is all about the almost highlighted luminous skin, the one where it shows you are healthy, get your Vitamin D and sweat a lot. Valentino’s Pat McGrath certainly used this ideally to send her girls onto the stage looking like a million bucks. This meant sculpting and highlighting with vigor, while defining the eyes to have the ladies appear as if they are literally the stars of the show. We notice that most all the designers had brought in the luminous skin, from Chanel to Elie Saab and Giambatista Valli.
#2: Extreme Wings and Cat Eyes
The eyes are the most powerful part of the features, which is why the designers really brought some focus there. We see Jean Paul Gaultier move away from the cat eye and into the extreme wing factor, elongating the slant and really adding to the artistry of drawing on eye makeup. At Atelier Versace, it is all about the smoldering and sexy smoky eyes serving as the focal point. Gorgeous cat eyes appear on the ballerina beauty seen at Ralph & Russo as well.
#3: High Shine Lips
Lips in different colors appear, and most of all in high shine, with a high definition effect to them as well. It is hard not to fall in love with these pouts for they make for a great pucker and even better kiss. Jean Paul Gaultier’s red-orange lips certainly drew our attention. At Chanel, the high shine lips feature a peach tone that is quite delectable unto itself. The shine also comes in nude, as per Atelier Versace.
#4: Pink Lips
Pretty in Pink has a whole new meaning as seen at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, appearing all over in lovely shades that scream ice and loveliness, showing the thawing of the rosebud after the winter freeze. It appears paired with double liners and luminous skin at Giorgio Armani Prive, with a subtler effect that is much more natural at Giambattista Valli. Ralph & Russo’s ballerina pink lips were just plain perfect.
#5: Double or Triple Lines on the Eyes
At Giorgio Armani Prive, the eyeliner is drawn on not just once, but twice. It appears at the edge of the lid as well as at the crease, creative, a much more dramatic look and redefining the way in which those orbs actually look. It is a nod to ‘40s Hollywood glamour and something we absolutely love. Chanel gave us triple lines, one at the crease, one underneath and one normally at the ends of the top lid. It is dramatic, it is winged and it is positively Chanel.
#6: The Scarlet Lip
The shiny lips are more to everyone’s liking it appears, as most designers opt for the gloss, but those like Christian Dior move away from the youthful prettiness of shine and concentrate on the sultry maturity of matt lips, particularly in red hues.
#7: Double Coated Mascara
Whether we are looking at the makeup artistry at Christian Dior, Valentino, Chanel or others, there seems to be a return to the simple mascara, with double coats for proper coverage and that is about it. Nothing crazy and not left without at least a single coat either. For those of us who barely changed our typical styles, this really is a lucky break. Makes life so much easier to look good when the fashion shows follow your own personal style.
#8: Edgy Makeup
While the girls appearing across the board were generally pretty and girly, some also had a not so hidden edginess to them, most noticeably at Elie Saab, where the smudged black eyeliner and the absence of blush makes it look like the lady is just so by day and a rocker who loves her motor bike at night. In case of Maison Margiela, edgy and quirky get combined, and we see a look that’ll be possible to pull off only at the Halloween.
#9: Brushed Thick Brows
Since the couture collection has been focusing more on the graphic, the dramatic and the naturally sublime, it makes sense to keep the brows nice and thick, with dark and brushed out effects as per Giorgio Armani Prive, or neatly bushed to the ends as per the Valentino presentation. Giambattista Valli’s brows had a more natural flavor to them, not filled in or even plucked, left as such to appear all the more attractive.
#10: Messy Plaits & Loose Updos
Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on television these days, with HBO leading in terms of content and beauty looks that inspire fashion designers. This can be seen at Valentino with the hair beautiful plaited in a half up and half down ‘do, while we see hints of Medusa meets Roman princess with the headbands in gold as snakes coiled about the crown. Windblown French twists wrapped in a petal pink ribbon also appeared, this time at Ralph & Russo, appearing unapologetically girly and possibly quite perfect for a wedding look.
#11: ‘80s Hairstyles
Let’s get the party started in here! Jean Paul Gaultier really pumped up the music and got the groove on with the best hairstyles for 2016 that match the ‘80s, from big disco curls to micro bangs, Mohawks and fun wigs. There were 10 different styles that you can choose from there but just know that anything that resembles ‘80s era hair, you can get away with these days.
#12: Princess Hair
Whether we are looking at Valentino’s Roman princess beauty or the edgy rock ‘n’ roll princess styles seen at Elie Saab, there is undoubtedly a whole lot of focus on royalty during this season’s couture presentations. Even the clothing screams nobility, with many a piece practically made with a princess in mind. At Chanel, Star Wars was the inspiration it appears and the Princess Leia effect with the neat center parted updos takes over.
#13: Perfect Wigs
If your natural hair does not take the right shape, why not go with a lovely wig? At Giorgio Armani Prive, that was the 1940s Greta Garbo inspiration, which won our hearts, the perfect locks lacquered and fit against the visage.
#14: Low Ponytails
The ponytails, high or low, have been appearing on the runways for quite a while now, reigning quite strong in 2015 and appearing as one of the best spring/ summer 2016 beauty trends. Add in subtle ribbon headbands and you have the top look at Giambattista Valli.
Photos courtesy of Vogue