PFW SS16: Best beauty looks

PFW SS16: Best beauty looks

The bold and the beautiful

Text: Renée Batchelor

At Paris Fashion Week, the makeup and hair seemed to vacillate between effortless elegance and serious edge. Here are the looks that stood out for us

Fashion Week ended off in Paris with a bang as the biggest fashion houses sent an intriguing mix of looks onto the runways. From the geisha-like floral collages at Maison Margiela to the clever newspaper prints that seem stencilled on, eyes were the big focus for many of our standout looks. Ladies (and gentlemen), prepare to be dazzled.

1. The eyebrow-grazing bangs at Acne Studios
Forgo your monthly trim and let your it all hang loose — over your eyes that is. While these were hair pieces that were colour matched to each model's tresses, you can wear extra-thick and blunt with choppy ends for a touch of devil-may-care attitude to your regular hairdo. Plush red lips are the icing on the cake.

super long bangs at Acne Studios

2. The tropicana eyes at Alexis Mabille
Proving that anyone of any skin tone could wear the mix of rainbow hues at Alexis Mabille were the models who ranged from pale to mocha-complexioned. The secret to this look's success? Careful placement and blending of colours that kept the look fresh, not garish, and the barely-there lips.

tropicana eyes at Alexis Mabille

3. The newsprint eyes at Aganovich
We've seen this look on nails, but it's a whole new ball game on the eyes. Like smudged ink stains, letters seem almost to have accidentally transferred onto the skin fresh from a newspaper, giving new meaning to letting your eyes do the talking.

 newsprint eyes at Aganovich

4. The sexy-sleek ponytail at Balmain
Hair was slicked back in a tight and high ponytail showcasing the models' cheekbones and the heavier accessories to a T. As for rest of the face, bold, thick brows were the punctuation mark on an otherwise bare look.

sexy sleek ponytail Balmain

5. The futuristic romantic look at Dries Van Noten
Two things we loved about this look. First, the soft pompadour-like twist on the crown that recalled Sean Young's character in Blade Runner. Second the blink-and-you'll-miss it glitter on the eyes that added to this look's futuristic feel. 

futuristic romantic look Dries Van Noten

6. The sexy smudged eyes at Sonia Rykiel
Smoky eyes can look soft. Try this clever combination of browns, taupes and blacks with a dash of metallic blue on the lower lids for a more summery spin.

sexy smudged eyes at Sonia Rykiel

7. The geisha makeup and hair at Maison Margiela
What's a Margiela show without dramatic hair and makeup? We love the Geisha-inspired voluminous bouffant — and the painted-on details of the face. Time to get out our art materials and to start experimenting.

geisha eyes at Maison Margiela

8. The inky liner at Vionnet
Bad girl with a twist. The super-dark and dramatic block-shaped liner was super graphic, but feathery edges softened the look. 

inky liner at Vionnet

9. The shocking neon eyes at Giambattista Valli
Love colour? Well we do. Like Rainbow Brite (on acid) or a lost member of Jem and the Holograms, the neon pink, glitter streak above the eyes was fun, punky and slightly rebellious. 

shocking neon eyes at Giambattista Valli

10. The sultry brick lips at Kenzo
We're so in love with the gorgeous burnt orange shade, as seen on model of the moment Ruth Bell. Although great on Bell's milky complexion, this colour works with other skin tones too and is a unexpected alternative to deep reds and bright pinks.

sultry brick lips at Kenzo