Beauty à la Mode: 6 Beauty Trends Spotted at Paris Fashion Week

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Fashion Month has ended with a bang in Paris with some of the most uncharacteristically outlandish beauty looks of the season. From the natural to the extreme, the City of Love has presented a mixed bag of trends for Spring 2014.

Styled hair was big news on the Paris runways with original takes on the classic French twist at Issey Miyake and Haider Ackermann, where veteran hairstylist Eugene Souleiman created a technical look that was heavy on the details. A mélange of French twists, 1940s-inspired rolls, and delicate veils of hair covering the face brought together some surprising elements.

Continuing a trend that has been a firm celebrity favorite in the past year, side-swept locks reappeared on the runways with added contemporary touches such as the sand that was caked on to one side at A.F. Vandevorst.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, straight hair was a popular choice for many designers, who maintained high-fashion sensibilities with poker-straight locks and linear styles like the ones seen at Ann Demeulemeester, where sharply segmented hair was achieved by applying product before straightening.

Makeup is where the largest contradictions could be seen in upcoming trends. Looks went back to basics at Barbara Bui, Chloé, and Balmain, where glowing, natural complexions (and not much else) were the order of the day.

As for the more creative innovations, Dries Van Noten’s gold leaf lashes and decorative parting didn’t fail to impress. Meanwhile, Pat McGrath’s sparkling gilded brows and gold framed eyes were a breathtaking spectacle.

Much like the previous three Fashion Weeks, lip color was a fruity affair in Paris. With vibrant shades of raspberry pinks, juicy reds, and zesty oranges, lipstick spoke volumes at John Galliano and Alexis Mabille.

Click through the galleries below as we take you through our six favorite Parisian beauty trends for the upcoming season.


Twisted Sister

French twists have long been a simple and elegant choice when it comes to updos. Spring 2014 sees this classic style take on an urban slant when it’s combined with ponytails, quiffs, or even just multiple twists.


Swept Aside

The side sweep is possibly one of the easiest ways to add instant glamour to long hair. Use a sea salt spray to add texture and height, or slick down one side for added edge.


Poker Straight

“Sleek” and “luxurious” were two words that reigned supreme at shows where straight hair was on offer. The aim is to get hair silky and healthy-looking. When attempting a dead-straight style, be sure hair is clean to avoid a lank, lifeless ‘do. Apply a lightweight thermal protector before using your flat iron.


Let There Be Light

Complexions may have been flawless for Spring/Summer 2014, but they were most definitely not the matte velvet perfection that were the name of the game last season. Faces were subtly sculpted using satin-finish makeup and craftily highlighted to exude a seemingly natural daylight.


Gilded Glamour

Backstage beauty was all about metallic accents for the coming season. Gold leaf was used in abundance to decorate eyebrows, lashes, and even hairlines for an artistic touch of sparkle. Silver was a strong player too, being used as an eyeliner to draw light to the eyes. Experiment with a metallic liquid liner or a touch of liquid metal gloss on lips for a realistic gilded look.


Fruit Punch

It’s hard not to love a rich, creamy lipstick in fruity hues. This fun favorite is always a winner in the warmer months and a great way to perk up your look and your mood. Bring it up to date by using matte textures or even go for a subtle two-tone look with a slightly different shade on the upper and lower lips.

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