We’re spending the month skulking around backstage at some of the hottest (and coolest) shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris to bring you the best beauty looks, new products, and gossipy tidbits that we pick up in our travels.
Bonjour belles! We’ve descended on the City of Lights to take in the sights, and of course that includes gorgeous beauty looks coming down the catwalk. From the berry lips at Anthony Vaccarello to the bleached blondes at Haider Ackermann, click through to see what’s been big in backstage beauty here in France this week.
Hair (Anthony Turner for L’Oreal Professionel): Turner mastered the art of done-undone ‘dos with these artfully disheveled ‘morning after’ knots. Make it work for you by palming volumizing mousse through your strands before rough-drying your hair. Rake it all back into a low pony with your fingers, and twist the tail around the base before securing it with a few bobby pins. Muss it up with your hands and add a blast dry shampoo to give it that messy, slept-in look.
Makeup (Tom Pecheux for Estee Lauder): Death becomes her. Matte perfected skin was set off with a soft wash of mauve across the lids and a bold bordeaux-berry lip, created by layering Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Hot Lava over their Pure Color Lipstick in Plum Couture. Pecheux also used Estée Lauder Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Wine to perfect the shape of each girl’s pout.
Hair (Paul Hanlon): Center-parted and blown-out but not perfectly pin-straight—basically the epitome of French-girl cool. Hanlon relied on Frédéric Fekkai’s Full Volume Mousse to give their hair a nice bouncy base before smoothing it over with Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum to give it just a touch of "natural, healthy-looking shine."
Makeup (Tom Pecheux for Estee Lauder): It took 30 minutes to prep each model’s skin for the catwalk. Twenty-five minutes were spent on a skin treatment + facial massage combo, while a mere five minutes were dedicated to makeup application, which as expected was pretty pared-down—just ‘matte satin’ skin, bold bushy brows, a faint flush and nude lips. A fast and fabulous five-minute face if we ever saw one.
Hair (Eugene Souleiman for Wella): So fresh and so clean. The adorable Souleiman cleansed and conditioned each girl’s strands and blew them out using a round brush. From there, he twisted the hair from the nape of the neck down to ends (envision a rope), misted it with Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray and blasted it with heat for 60 seconds. The finished result? A slightly wavy, windblown, not-too-styled look. Makeup (Lucia Peroni): "They’re gorgeously grunge," said Peroni as she buffed MAC’s Paintpot in Groundwork into their eyelids and along the hollows of each model’s cheeks, giving each girl that oft-sought after flawless no makeup-makeup look.
Hair (Anthony Turner for Moroccanoil): Sweaty skater boy stringy. The hair was saturated with Moroccanoil’s Curl Control Mousse and Intense Curl Cream to give it that sweaty, separated look, before being swept across the forehead and flung behind the shoulders to air dry.
Makeup (Aaron de May for MAC Cosmetics): The best of both worlds. Light and airy illuminated skin—concentrated on the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow and smack dab in the center of the chin— contradicted with thick, stark kohl (courtesy of MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack) sharply drawn along the lower lashlines, winging out past the outer corners of the eyes. Nails (Marian Newman): Newman’s team hand-painted over 400 ImPRESS Press-On Manicure nails in a glossy onyx hue before rolling them around in various metallic MAC Pigment hues to better match the clothes.
Hair (Anthony Turner): Handsome and androgynous. Locks were dampened with TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray, blown out and parted deep on the side before being misted with L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium 3 Hairspray and brushed taut with a Mason Pearson into a low ponytail for a sleek, effortless, "no-flyaways-whatsoever" finish.
Makeup (Diane Kendal for MAC Cosmetics): Boyish and minimal. Kendal filled in the brows and perfected the skin with sheer foundation, concealer and blot powder before adding dimension back into the face with MAC Powder Blush in The Perfect Cheek.
Hair (Eugene Souleiman for Wella): Blonde bombshells on acid. Spiky platinum wigs—complete with faux dark new-growth roots—set the stage for an alterna-punk look with a nod to the ‘50s.
Makeup (Lucia Peroni for MAC Cosmetics): Wild bushy brows (constructed with several different eyeshadows and mascara!), "hollowed cheeks and slightly sunken eyes," and gorgeously glowy skin, courtesy of MAC’s cult classic liquid illuminator, Strobe Cream, which was worked into the skin along with MAC Face & Body Foundation.