2 Major Beauty Moments at Haute Couture: Pink Hits & Punk Eyes

Two contrasting beauty looks dueled it out at spring's haute couture fashion week

Alexis Mabille Haute Couture, Chanel Haute Couture

Alexis Mabille Haute Couture SS13, Photo by Anthea Simms; Chanel Haute Couture SS13, Photo Courtesy of Chanel

If twice is a coincidence and thrice is a trend, it’s safe to say that two distinct beauty trends emerged from Haute Couture fashion week for Spring 2013: pink everything and jet black eye makeup. While the former is totally wearable and fresh, the latter has a dramatic edge that might require tweaking for everyday.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, Elie Saab Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab Haute Couture SS13, Photos by Anthea Simms

The pink-on-pink face ruled at Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab, where models strutted the runways with the ultra-girly hue on lids, cheeks and glossy lips. The trend is versatile, allowing for the application of glosses, blushes and eye shadows in unexpected ways. Try smudging a little lipstick on cheeks for a rosy glow, dust soft, shimmery eyeshadow on brow and cheekbones and even swirl a touch of vibrant blush on eyelids to achieve this feminine look.

Atelier Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

Atelier Versace SS13, Photo Tweeted by Guido Palau; Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture SS13, Photo by Anthea Simms

Chanel, Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier, on the other hand, went for a harder edge with punk rocker eye makeup—a striking contrast to the frilly, frothy mood that often characterizes spring. Though the three looks had a similar aesthetic feel, each design had its own unique twist. At Versace, makeup artist Pat McGrath added fluorescent green eyeliner accents, while Lloyd Simmonds adorned Gaultier’s models with jewels at the inner corners of their eyes. At Chanel, Peter Philips (global creative director for Chanel Makeup) created a gorgeous, dripping ink effect with net and tulle faux lashes. These three looks may be a touch dramatic for the everyday but they were perfectly suited to the otherworldly beauty of the haute couture runway.

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013 Eye Makeup

Photo Courtesy of Chanel