Paris Couture FW17: The best beauty looks

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Paris Couture FW17: The best beauty looks
Chic with a hint of edge was the aesthetic of the season, and these looks from Paris Couture FW17 put up a strong showing of glam we’re totally loving

The title of 'best in show' isn't limited to the gowns and accessories at Paris Couture FW17. The beauty looks proved to be equal scene-stealers, from creative eyelining to daring splashes of colour seen on the runway. Whether it's super saturated makeup like the exaggerated winged eyeshadow at Alexandre Vauthier or a stripped down face a là Iris Van Herpen, there's a wearability to each look that calls for experimentation with your beauty kit. Here are the five shows that had us eyeballing the models above the neckline:

1. The bold lip-brow combo at Ulyana Sergeenko
This is the quintessential French look — think defined brows and the indispensible red lippie practically every Parisian woman rocks — given a coquettish twist. Pure scarlet is replaced with a more contemporary orchid hue not unlike the cult Nars Audacious in Mona and the eyebrows are overdrawn just a tad to balance out the bold lipstick. Paired with curls that riff off the '40s pin-up look, this is effortless part modern-day siren and part Hollywood glamour.

Paris Haute Couture FW17 best beauty looks

2. The monotoning trend at Elie Saab
'One colour to rule them all', from the eyes to the cheeks and lips, is the latest beauty truism making the rounds among the echelons of makeup artists and gurus. At Elie Saab, this trend was played to a beautiful, almost soft focus effect with peach hues — a universal colour that warms up most Asian skin tones and gives the face a healthy glow. Oh-so-simple yet ultra flattering, we foresee this one blowing up the Insta-verse right about now.

Paris Haute Couture FW17 best beauty looks

3. The overt spider lashes at Iris Van Herpen
Clumpy is now a legit lash look, and one that you're already halfway there to achieving when you slick on too many coats of mascara. All it requires are semi-wet mascara-ed lashes and some judicious pinching to have the individual hairs stick together to create larger 'strands'. Repeat the process on the lower lash line and ease into the coats with a good voluminising mascara that comes with a bushy wand to quickly build up that blacker-than-black, textured look. Perfect for the days when you only have time for one product.

Paris Haute Couture FW17 best beauty looks

4. The metallic smoky eye at Alexandre Vauthier
Smoky eyes are timeless but going with a metallic finish eyeshadow and winging it out till the hairline puts the look a rung above the rest. To ensure the eyes won't overwhelm the face, keep the brows natural and don't be afraid to go in with more blush by sweeping the colour to the temples to play up the cheekbones. The edges of the shadow are also well blended, giving the look a fading-out, ombre-esque appearance that keeps it from appearing dated. This technique is also great if you're looking to work a copper or red eyeshadow look.

Paris Haute Couture FW17 best beauty looks 

5. The deconstructed cut-crease liner at Antonio Ortega
It was all about minimalist avant-garde at Antonio Ortega where they took the cut crease look one step further with architectural liner that framed the eyes. With clean, bare skin touched with only a bit of blush (or bronzer) in the cheek hollows to add some dimension to the face, the eyeliner was the focus, arching over the eyelids but cleverly breaking up in the middle so as not to come off too heavy. This makes the look wearable even on hooded eyes or monolids, and it doesn't require extreme precision like traditional cat eyeliners since you're going for an edgy, undone vibe.

Paris Haute Couture FW17 best beauty looks

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