PFW SS17: Chic beauty looks

PFW SS17: Chic beauty looks

Elegantly subtle

Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums

The looks in Paris at the spring/summer shows were diverse but intensely wearable. From ladylike elegance to the cool girl take on colours, there was something for everyone

In Paris, barefaced beauty in various incarnations was still popular on many runways. But amidst the natural beauties — a glowing complexion and unstyled, tousled locks were a prerequisite in most shows — were some standouts that could serve as beauty inspo in the coming months. From white accents to modern touches of shine, here are the trends we'll be testing out in time for spring next year.

1. A plush cherry mouth
At Giambattista Valli, models sported a cream scarlet lip that had been blotted down for a natural matteness that was not too artificial, and infinitely more wearable for everyday. We would recommend Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick in Cherry Lush for a similar vivid effect. 

Giambattista Valli

2. Punkish gold
Want to wear gold without looking too precious? We have the answer with this edgy, gold-dipped lip seen at Andrew Gn. Talk about a fresh way to go 24K.

 Andrew Gn

3. Popsicle stains
Want to look like you've been out in the sun, sitting by the beach sucking on popsicles? Channel the natural, fresh vibe at Leonard with this gorgeous lip-and-cheek stain combo. We love the sheer berry shade that works even on darker skin tones. 

4. A braided updo
While the makeup at Dior was kept light and ethereal, with luminous skin and pale colours on the eyes, lips and cheeks, the hair spoke volumes. The twisted bun revealed a complex series of braids when models turned their backs, for a brilliant two-faced effect.

5. Mauve lips
We never knew we wanted to wear this delicate, fashion-forward lippie shade till we saw all the models sporting it at Acne. The perfect balance between grey, taupe and purple, we'll love this on a nail polish too.


6. Modern marcelled waves
Think of this as the 2017 take on 1920's beauty. Clean and precise definition on this almost shellacked hairdo looks like the modernist, geometric version of classic finger waves. 
7. Curls and colour
At Vanessa Seward, the look was high-octane with vivid colour on both the eyes and lips, with hair in a halo of fuzzy curls. The models looked almost like secretary Barbies from the '80s, and we loved it.

Vanessa Seward
8. Perfect circles
Great for festivals and when you want to appropriate cultural or tribal-like symbols without being too literal or disrespectful, the random white circles drawn on the models at Issey Miyake — almost spartan in their simplicity —  and the choppy, blunt ponytail gave off an otherworldly vibe.

Issey Miyake

9. Brushed up brows and matte lips
Prim and almost severe, the fuzzy brows, berry blusher and soft matte lips at Guy Laroche is our new beauty inspiration. It's proof that heavy eyeshadow and bold lips are not the only way to attract attention with your makeup.
Guy Laroche 

10. Rain-slicked beauty
At Balmain, the vibe was sexy and smouldering, thanks to the sleek combination of rain-soaked tresses and gleaming highlighter on the skin. Taking the look into evening elegance? Smoky, grey eyes.