Haute Couture pushes boundaries and is at the pinnacle of innovative design but in order to realize outlandish motifs designers must not overlook a single detail. The clothing begins the transformation but beauty completes a look, and despite the eccentricities many of these Couture 2015 beauty trends can be modified and worn off the runway. As far as hair accessories are concerned, gold and silver headbands are on trend and when it comes to makeup, blush is your new best friend, as is blue eye shadow. This season flashbacks of princess dress ups and your mother’s late eighties makeup bag will come flooding back; more is definitely more.
Pink and Blue
Opulent blues and pale peaches were the colours of choice when it came to eye shadows and liners. Makeup artist Dick Page gave a nod to Marie Antoinette at Schiaparelli while Stephanie Marais sent us Egyptian vibes with her vivid blue eyeliner art. In contrast, peach was dusted over the lids at Christian Dior in continuance with creative director Raf Simons’s vision of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Fair skin tones will suit these dusty colours but the key to achieving either look is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
At 2015 Couture shows beauty trends took us back to many periods including the eighties. At Armani Privé makeup artist Linda Cantello questioned “why do we have to wear red or dark burgundy lips in the winter? Why can’t we wear shocking pink?” For an unexpected look this winter; think pink. Ulyana Sergeenko didn’t share the same eighties inspiration but her models did wear bright smudged lips. The affect was that of a post-pash, with morning after eyes.
To get this look don’t be too precise with your eye makeup, smudge and reapply until you have the desired effect. When it comes to the lips, choose the brightest pink you can find but be sure to keep the colour inside the natural lip line. To keep the essence of these couture lips try patting the colour down and forget any lip liner, this look is about a lack of precision.
Forget contouring and bronzer, for the ultimate 2015 haute couture look go heavy on the blush. At Chanel, art deco clones fitted in identical wigs paraded through a casino set. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux was responsible for the dark brows, overdrawn lips and statement rouge which gave the models a bygone era, futuristic geisha appearance. Exaggerated blush was also a key element in creating Bertrand Guyon’s French Aristocrat inspired makeup at Schiaparelli.
To try this beauty trend at home our tip is to apply more blush than you normally would without overdoing it. If your makeup looks theatrical then you’ve gone too far. Another tip for those who normally wear bronzer is to try a red blush on the cheeks instead.
Middle Parted Curls
‘Yesterday’s curls’ were popular at Atelier Versace, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli and Maison Margiela. A middle part is essential to creating this look as it allows the loose curls to cascade naturally down each side of the face.
If you’re planning to give this trend a try then be sure to curl your hair the day before and sleep on them. The following morning, brush your hair as you normally would and forget the hairspray. Another tip is to leave the ends of your hair out when curling and avoid certain sections all together. Remember that this look is more straight than it is curls.
From subtle flicks to eyeliner with a flair for the dramatic, many 2015 Couture collections showcased their own variation. Maison Anoufa gave us heavy black liner that contrasts the sleek lines at Giambattista Valli. Jean Paul Gaultier played on the blue trend while Ellie Saab kept the eyeliner in tune with their ethereal collection.
Play around with new styles and techniques. All these looks include a noticeable flick and so whichever style you choose to experiment with don’t forget to bring the line upwards at the end.
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