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Paris SS18 Beauty: Hair & Make-up

If the Chanel waterfalls were the talk of the town for Paris Fashion Week, it was a perfect euphemism for the washes of colour that were seen on the faces that paraded down the catwalks. Most notable – and most covetable – were the sweeps of teal blue that went from lash-line to brow arch at Chanel itself by Tom Pecheux, and the fuchsia pink cheekbones and temples seemingly water-coloured by Pat McGrath and her team for Valentino.


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Rhinestones were the natural extension of the glitter trend that’s been building across the fashion cities, and somehow spoke a more refined, if still impactful, statement. The spectrum ran from the one solitary rhinestone delicately placed under the eye at Givenchy by Pat McGrath, to the linear shimmer along eyes and lips by Peter Philips and then down the seam of the hair parting by Sam McKnight for double impact at Dries Van Noten.


On the flip side to all this face art, the perennial Parisian aesthetic of fresh “no-make-up make-up” and deconstructed, easy hair could be seen at Paris favourites Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Altuzzara, Balmain, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. If any visible make-up was introduced, it was by way of sketching in brows for a bit more of a boyish attitude to beauty, a sign that brows continue to dominate in the beauty world.


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Where hair was a look, it was a bit of a wash out (in a good way) too. Other-worldly, swampy hair by Guido Palau for Alexander McQueen, as well as Sam McKnight’s “eye of the storm” styles at Vivienne Westwood, might not be something you will want to recreate for a night out, but in terms of the bearing they have in helping to realise a designer’s vision, both these looks are up there with the greatest. If you are looking for inspiration to help up your hair game for the new season though you’re going to want to get involved with the pony wrap. Seen at Lanvin with an impossibly chic silk scarf tied all the way down high and long ponytails by Tomohiro Ohashi and Sam McKnight’s perspex tube version as seen at Chanel, I would bet my last Euro that this style is going to be street-style-snapped before the week is through.

And so that’s it – spring/summer 2018 is a wrap. To see our breakdown of all the beauty trends spanning all four cities, look no further than our definitive report.

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