PFW FW17: Most dramatic beauty looks

PFW FW17: Most dramatic beauty looks


Text: Renée Batchelor

Trust the city of light to lead the way when it comes to beauty trends that push the boundaries of what is considered pretty

Pretty pretty is so 2016. It's time to give jolie laide a bit of a spin, with boundary-pushing looks that combine art and artistry to beautiful effect. Look at our selection from sporty braids and painted faces to pearl embellishments dotted on like facial jewellery. If you're not ready to be that interesting yet, try throwing in a bouffant 'do with your usual nude face, or wearing blusher as both a sculpting tool and focal point. The main takeaway? You've got to try everything at least once.

1. The cornrows and kabuki lips at Andrew GN
Just walked off your street dance-off and heading to your theatre performance? Thought so. The zany blend of cultures and mixed influences at Andrew GN definitely made us rethink possibilities.Andrew GN FW17 makeup

2. The wigged out women at Haider Ackermann
A master of tailoring, designer Ackermann's team sent bare-faced tomboys in choppy, messy wigs down the runways. The effortlessly cool, and ever-so-slightly-eccentric androgynous figures were giving us major Tilda Swinton vibes. Haider Ackermann pfw fw17 beauty

3. The polished romance at Giambattista Valli
With touchable, wet look hair — a feat in itself — and lush, red and burgundy-stained lips, the ladies at Giambattista Valli looked like leads in a very modern romance novel: the kind who drink lots of wine and have lots of secrets.Giambattista Valli PFW FW17 Beauty

4. The liquid blue eyes at Leonard
Not all the models had shocking blue hair, but all sported that striking combination of graphic black liner, and vinyl-like shadow that looked like a meeting of anime and art school.Leonard PFW FW17 beauty

5. The wild blusher at Nina Ricci
Shades of the 80's, but only shades, came out at Nina Ricci, where the blusher was wrapped around the cheekbones and swept up to the temples — becoming both focal point and face slimming device in one. What prevented it from looking dated, was windswept tresses and a updated, russet-tinge blusher shade.

Nina Ricci PFW FW17

6. The mind-bending metallic eyes at Balmain
There's generic metallic, and then there's this. The blend of iridescent rose gold and silvery charcoal was so precise yet so artistic (and cleverly adapted for each model) we weren't surprised to hear that face painting genius Tom Pecheux was behind this stunning concept. 

Balmain PFW FW17 makeup look

7. The pin-up hair at Dior
Sporting softer, more 2017 versions of a vintage hairdos, the tresses at Dior were something to write a postcard home about and team with your tea dresses and box bags.

Dior PFW fw17 makeup look

8. The girl with the pearl face at Manish Arora
We know Manish Arora loves embelllishments, so when we saw the pearl-studded faces of the models and their expensive-looking, pearl-tipped nails, we thought, "Now that's precious!".

Manish Arora PFW FW17 makeup

9. The rebellious streaks at Yohji Yamamoto
Like a slash of angry lipstick smeared on one eye, and a sucker punch on the other, the angsty, grungy makeup at Yohji Yamamoto — and the goth-like black lips — captured the spirit of anarchy that's in the air. 

Yohji Yamamoto PFW Fw17 makeup