Beauty Bite: Makeup & Hair from Haute Couture Fall 2013

Bold brows, sparkling lips, tight updos and mega-lashes decorated the runway’s models at this season’s haute couture presentations in Paris

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press
Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press

Wondering what beauty trends will be tricking down to the masses over the next few seasons? Look no further than haute couture week, a time of inspiration where trends are born.

Chanel

To complement Karl Lagerfeld’s cinematic, sci-fi world—one of old meets new, past meets future—hairstylist Sam McKnight created what he called “a square flat-top/Rockabilly/Grace Jones/18th-century hybrid” with a ponytail in back. It was essentially a stiff pompadour with masculine edge. To complement the look, Peter Phillips painted androgynous faces: shaped structural brows with minimal arch and blush swept from the tops of the cheekbones into the temples.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press

Christian Dior

Reminiscent of Dior’s Spring/Summer 13 couture show,  but toned down for fall, makeup artist Pat McGrath went for full-on glitter,  with lips in sparkly plum, bronze or gold. She kept the rest of the face subtly luminescent. To add to McGrath’s light-reflecting makeup, Redken creative consultant Guido Palau slicked hair back into wet-look knots that hit at the nape of the neck.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 13; Photo by Anthea Simms
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 13; Photo by Anthea Simms
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall 2013; Photo by Keystone Press

Atelier Versace

At Versace, also created by McGrath, the look was all about lashes—two and a half rows of falsies per eye, applied to top and bottom lids—with a bit of a smoky eye and fresh, clean skin. McGrath was inspired by Man Ray’s Tears photograph, a shot of a woman’s face dotted with beads of water; her lashes are ultra-long (Bette Davis–style) with both top and bottom mascara-ed into thick, spiked lines. In terms of hair, glamazon Naomi Campbell was the only model to wear her locks long and sleek in true Donatella fashion. All others were given roughed-up, rock ‘n’ roll chignons courtesy of Guido Palau.

Man Ray's Tears / Photo credit: Wikipaintings.org
Man Ray’s Tears / Photo credit: Wikipaintings.org
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