The best beauty looks from Paris Couture spring 2017

The best beauty looks from Paris Couture spring 2017

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Benoît Peverelli for Chanel,
Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums

The stars were out — in some cases rather literally — at the Haute Couture shows in Paris. Here are some of our favourite hair and makeup looks that are perfect for gracing special occasions

Glitter, sequins, pleating and hand-embellished details. There's nothing the gifted seamstresses in the couture workshops can't create with their skilled hands. But when it comes to presenting these works of art on the runways, the hair and makeup make a big difference as well. A smidgen of gold on the face can turn a look from bridal to Lady Gaga-level performance art-like in a flash. In the same way, a fresh, almost naked face can suddenly be transformed with a subtle embellishment — see the stars at Dior or the dusting of iridescent shadow at Chanel as examples. Here are some of the shimmery looks on the runways that we loved and that we'll inevitably be copying this year.

1. The subtle gleam at Chanel
Glitter has been a major trend from last year and the 2017 version is continuing in the fresh, modern and cool vein that it started in. At Chanel, the eyes were dusted with a soft, iridescent silver-white shadow. The colour comes from the brand's spring eye palette Les 4 Ombre in Codes Élégants, while the lipstick is the yet-to-be-released Rouge Allure Velvet in Libre, a plush, brickish shade that we are seriously coveting.

Chanel SS17 Haute Couture

2. The star stickers and glowing skin at Dior
A luminous, glowing complexion was the focus at Dior's show. Says the brand, "Peter Philips applied Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer as the base, then Dior Forever Perfect Cushion foundation, and a light rosy cloud of Diorblush​ ​in 756 and 876​ ​on the cheeks,​ ​while touches of Diorskin Nude Air Lumizer in ​​001​ ​gave the skin a pearly glow at strategic points." We loved that lit-from-within effect on the models' skin. Philips' inspiration according to the man himself, "is a young woman with a modernised pre-Raphaelite beauty. It was essential to emphasise her soft luminosity and sensuality." And don't forget the tiny star — in either black and silver — pasted under the lower eyeline for a slightly courtesan-ish vibe.
Dior Couture SS17   

3. The glittery liner at Viktor & Rolf
Nothing says couture like fancy eye makeup. We adored the winged, gold liner with silver accents at Viktor & Rolf that was the right mix of edgy and pretty. Paired with barely-there makeup — think almost raw skin and a sheer lip balm — the contrast brought this ethereal look right back down to earth.
 Viktor & Rolf Couture SS17

4. The gilded accents at Guo Pei
Those who attended Chinese couturier Guo Pei's show at Singapore Fashion Week 2016 were treated to her sumptuous, gorgeously-embellished gowns in the flesh. This Spring, the designer sent models with various gold accents down the runways — think everything from gold tears to gold-dusted brows to metallic paint on the forehead. One of our favourite looks was this combination of gold foil around the eyes, and dark, almost goth-like teal shadow that was a masterclass in the dramatic play between light and dark.

Guo Pei Couture SS17