Spring/Summer 15: The top 10 beauty looks
Freedom of expression, straight from the runway
With September's parade of Fashion Weeks done and dusted, we pay attention to the unusual and creative approaches that were taken when it came to the beauty looks of SS15, from lilac eyebrows at Badgley Mischka to braided locks at Giamba, there is a unique beauty look for everyone's make-up and hair preferences to trial and explore...
The theme this year for eyebrows was the more unusual the better. In New York on the Badgley Mischka runway, eyebrows were stripped from their natural colour and painted over in pretty pastel colours. While Rodarte's makeup artist James Kaliardos went even further, by giving models fake eyebrow piercings that stretched over the entire length of the brow.
At Paris Fashion Week, Pat McGrath went minimal by making the Givenchy model's eyebrows completely disappear, drawing over them with a beige liner. Whereas at Prada, eyebrows were thick and curved, with a dark coloured line just lightly drawn over each brow.
Makeup artists got their paint brushes and scissors out this season, as eyes were decorated with bold strips of coloured satin or a highly exaggerated cat eye. Fendi make-up artist Peter Phillips was inspired by the sky-blue tinted Fendi Micro bag for his makeup look, cutting out thin strips of the same colour and sticking them on top of eyelids with black eyeliner.
At Dior's runway show, a similar technique was apparent, but using different utensils, with pastel-coloured satin, cut out by a lasers into an oval shape. Over at Givenchy, Pat McGrath also played with textures and colour, choosing a glossy broad flick in unusual shades of grey and brown. Sticking to that same dark colour palette, the model's eyes at Prada featured a mixture of three different matte pencils in black, grey and brown.
Gold, silver and bronze, whichever colour you opt for will be apt, as for Spring/Summer 15, precious metals are a must. At the Dries Van Noten show golden stripes were painted in the middle of the lower lip, becoming the main focus on model's faces. At Jason Wu, Lancôme make-up artists used gold pigment on chocolate shades around the eyelid – achieving the effect of antique metal.
Gucci also used the delicacy of gold as its main component, as Pat McGrath slightly emphasised the lower half of the eye with transparent shadows and gold dust.
Berry Bold Lips
Paying attention to the different hues of red, make-up artists emphasised lips in alluring berry shades of red as model's at No.21, Burberry Prorsum, Topshop Unique and Dolce & Gabbana were all sporting bold lip colours. Wendy Rowe at Burberry made lips the focal point as she used a saturated scarlet hue and bit of transparent powder to make lips matte, while other models sported a deep berry shade with a muted glow.
At London's Topshop show, make-up artist Hannah Murray opted for a spectacular glossy lip with model's mouths covered in red glitter.
As always, each make-up artist was able to offer his or her version of natural beauty with a neutral and nude look. Louis Vuitton choose matte textures, while Giambattista Valli, preferred the glossy look. Makeup artist Val Garland gave Valli models barley-there eyebrows using MAC's pressed pigments, and a transparent pout with MAC Lipglass in 'perfectly pink'. Chloé, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Lanvin and Victoria Beckham also opted for the simple beauty look.
Styling hair to look wet seemed to be one of the main manes this Spring/Summer season. Cédric Charlier slicked back models hair, parting it to the side, while Giambattista Valli presented a simple version of the wet hair texture – in a low ponytail. However, Sam McKnight took the crown for clean minimalism as Balmain models appeared on the catwalk, as if they just walked out of the shower.
Waves and Curls
In London, riding the soft wave look was Mary Katrantzou and Matthew Williamson, while in Milan careless curls were seen at Alberta Ferretti and Emilio Pucci. And if you wanted something unusual, stylists at Paris Fashion Week found a great way to diversify curls with gold hair pieces. Céline's soft waves were pinned behind metal rings, and at Valentino stylist Guido Palau gave the models the same hairstyle, but with gold shells and starfish clips.
First seen in New York at Donna Karan, Eugene Souleiman wove thick strands of hair for braided locks on each model. At the Suno show, Kérastase lead artist Odile Gilbert created a glossy cage herringbone braid falling gently behind models shoulders. Models at the Giamba show in Milan also sported a braid... Right in the middle of their scalp – taking the place of a middle parting.
Clean and Clear
Delicate shades were seen across models hands this season, from the matte beige at Stella McCartney to a simple clear coat at Dior. Felder Felder chose the beautiful pastel 'Lait-d'Amande' from Nailberry, while at J. JS Lee nude nails were long and pointed, with a metal applique on the tips.
Dsquared2 showed off chrome nail polish, reflecting the light from the runway with every step the models took. And finally, Giorgio Armani looked to the future as model's nails were covered with a new lacquer shade in dark bronze.