Paris Fashion Week Beauty Reports: Kenzo, Issey Miyake, Costume National

03 October 2011

Grazia's busy Beauty Editor Lauren Murdoch Smith is still beavering away across the channel to bring you the backstage beauty scoop during Paris Fashion Week. In today's round-up, Lauren takes us to the Kenzo, Issey Miyake and Costume National shows where she saw everything from crazy crimping to tulip hair...

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake tulip hairIssey Miyake fuschia lip

It was beauty in full bloom backstage at Issey Miyake in what could have been THE hottest backstage temperature we have ever experienced (and we've been backstage a LOT). Anyway, despite the heat, Eugene Soulieman created Tulip-shaped hair (his signature style, according to the man himself), coned and coloured in vibrant 'beauty meets nature'. Yep, this hair stole the limelight. However, Luci Pieroni's 'lollipop' fuschia mouth, softly bleeding out to almost nothing, popping against the gorgeous highlighted skin courtesy of the product of the season, 'MAC's Metal X in Fusion Gold'. Flower Power!   


Kenzo bushy brows Spring / Summer 2012 beautyKenzo bushy plait braid Spring / Summer 2012 beauty

With a touch of 80's in the beauty department, Kenzo enlisted the help of Peter Philips, he of Chanel make up fame. Powdered, bushy brows a la Brooke Shields and pouty tonal lips created the uniformed look to tie the different groups of the designer's collection together. The dishevelled braids had pieces left loose to float down the catwalk in an easy to achieve way. Thanks Anthony Turner for thinking of us mere mortals!

Costume National

Costume National crimped hair Costume National crimped hair

Okay, so it's nearing the end of fashion month and everyone's looking a little drab, but at Costume National, the look is 'fresh and healthy'. That means the hair and make-up teams have to pull their expertise out of their kit bags. Just-pinched cheeks (created using a mix of Vaseline and MAC lipstick in Crimson), pink lips and cleverly concealed skin created the new, fresher CN girl.

Meanwhile, Paul Hanlon took inspiration from Kate Moss at a Helmut Lang show back in 1994. 'By crimping small sections using a highlighting technique, it keeps it subtle and light, much like the collection,' Paul tells us. 'This girl has walked downstairs with crimped hair only to have her mum make her brush it out!' As soon as the hair is crimped, flat irons are used over the area to take the edge off so the result is more subtle. We're not sure we could look this fresh after four weeks of pounding the fashion week pavements, but we're certainly being inspired to freshen up!

- Lauren Murdoch Smith in Paris


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