PFW SS19: Best beauty looks

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Text: Angelyn Kwek

Serving up looks worthy of a beauty pictorial, Paris Fashion Week proves its clout as the heavyweight of the SS19 season. Here’s our edit of the shows that wowed

The madness of fashion month may be over (for now) but these looks from PFW SS19 will go on in perpetuity. Think coveted flawless skin, just-bitten lips, and sleek hair that check all the beauty boxes, in particular that cool girl French aesthetic everyone tries to emulate at one point or another. From Chanel acing the prettiest half ponytail to Zadig & Voltaire's warm monotone palette, here's our edit of the makeup and hair looks that wowed.

PFW SS19 best beauty looks

Glitter magic happened when legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath teamed up with Valentino, as models blinged their way down the catwalk embellished with actual Swarovski crystals around their eyes. Dramatic just about covers it, with the rhinestones hand-applied to wrap all the way up and around the brows to create the appearance of wings. Manish Arora wasn't losing out on X-factor either, appropriating the face as a literal canvas by going the rainbow route with slashes of colour that were a cross between Pop Art and '80s design à la the Memphis Group — and no two faces were the same.

PFW SS19 best beauty looks

Chanel stole the hair show by dressing up the basic half ponytail with an undone yet polished spin, inspired by the House's SS19 beachy theme, no doubt. Hairstylist Sam McKnight first created loose waves using a curling iron with a large barrel, and then misted his Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist over the tresses to give it more lift and a 'piece-y' look before teasing out strands at the front to soften the face. Alternatively, smoothing a lightweight moisturising balm works better if you've frizzy hair.

Another oh-so-pretty, feminine 'do were the Dutch braids at Shiatzy Chen, done with a slightly careless hand for a weave that was just a tad lopsided (with plenty of visible baby hairs) to keep it from looking dated. For slicked hair, Balmain and Ann Demeulemeester took top spots, with the former pulling off the scraped back, wet look with a deep side part, and the latter shaping the locks along the hairline for a style that's part pin-up girl and part Betty Boop. Again, hair maestro Sam McKnight was the man behind the sculpted locks at Balmain, achieved by running the Dyson hairdryer through gelled-up hair, after which he swapped to the diffuser on low heat to hold the shape.

PFW SS19 best beauty looks

We weren't kidding about the Parisienne feels. Je ne sais quoi can be had by the bucketful, with dewy complexions aplenty played up by striking peepers as the central focus. Afterhomework juxtaposed hunter green liner with orange-red eyeshadow popped just on the outer and inner corners; Each x Other made white a statement colour done up in a winged cut-crease; Laroche similarly employed the cut-crease look, albeit with simpler strokes in pastel pink; and Talbot Runof swiped M.A.C Dazzleshadow in silver over a pink-beige duochrome eyeshadow to create a look that gave off swan-like vibes. 

Then there are the just-shy-of-lazy-girl yet uber chic looks from Acne, Yudashkin and Zadig & Voltaire, where makeup has that casual 'patted on using only fingers' effect. Props go to Acne's unicorn highlighter that doubled up as eyeshadow, and the super flattering brick-copper monochrome tones at Zadig & Voltaire — especially that melted-on, velveteen-textured lippie we're totally loving.


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