Fashion Takes On Face Tattoos for Fall

Still proud of that septum piercing you got last year? Well, it might be time to take your body modifications up a notch.
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Still proud of that septum piercing you got last year? Well, it might be time to take your body modifications up a notch.
A beauty look from Rodebjer's fall 2015 show. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

A beauty look from Rodebjer's fall 2015 show. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Fashion folks have a tendency to take popular looks from the streets or certain subcultures, give them a luxe update and call them their own. (See: the upswing in the popularity of piercings over the past couple of years, with septum and nipple rings now available in dainty rose gold versions, adorned with tiny diamonds.) 

One example is tattoos, which hit the fashion scene in a big way back in 2009, when Chanel sent its models down the runway covered in temporary tats at its Spring 2010 show, and again when artist Scott Campbell — Marc Jacobs's go-to guy for ink — created similar skin art for the Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 menswear show. While they've never entirely disappeared since, makeup artists and designers are taking the trend up a notch for fall 2015 by decorating models' faces with them. 

Face tattoos, which are associated in the mainstream with gang members and rappers, have popped up on the runways in all four cities: Mystical crescent moons at Rodebjer in New York, face paint-like floral appliques at Simone Rocha in London, delicate designs of all sorts at Giamba and, most recently, star-shaped eyeliner extensions at Anthony Vaccarello in Paris. Trendsetting musician FKA twigs also gave the trend a shot on stage recently; she told Style.com that her point of inspiration was John Galliano's spring 1996 show for Givenchy, once again proving that in fashion, everything eventually comes back around.

Is this bold beauty trend something you plan on trying for fall? Here are a couple fresh-off-the-runway examples you can use for inspiration to avoid looking like Rick Ross in the end — unless that's the #aesthetic you're going for, of course.

A beauty look from Giamba's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A beauty look from Giamba's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A beauty look from Anthony Vaccarello's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A beauty look from Anthony Vaccarello's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree