Couture Beauty

Next-level makeup from the couture catwalks

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As some of fashion’s most extraordinary designers showed their couture creations in Paris last week, much of the runway beauty was equally as haute. At Christian Dior, makeup artist Pat McGrath gave hot makeup a whole new meaning by painting flames on the eyelids of the show’s opening model Karlie Kloss. And she didn’t stop there: the fiery lids were paired with red paper brows and an equally bold lip, while other models sported a bright array of eyeshadows like purple, green and pink.

Another beauty thriller courtesy of couture week: the purple pouts seen at Armani Privé. Makeup artist Linda Cantello crafted a makeup look to suit Armani’s gemstone-inspired collection by topping the opulent lipstick with a single small rhinestone on the bottom lip.

Though considerably tame by comparison, we also loved the makeup at Chanel, where makeup maestro Peter Philips presented a subtle spin on basic beauty. The slight nuance is easy to miss, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that the makeup is painted a touch higher than usual. Rather than rosy apples, the soft peachy blush sits high on the cheekbone, right below the outer corner of the eye. Similarly, the cat-liner was painted a few millimeters above the lashline by pulling skin tautly upwards during application. Talk about elevated beauty.

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