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The Best Beauty Looks from Paris Fashion Week

Now that the chaos of fashion week is officially over, let’s take a look back at what designers are thinking in terms of beauty for next season. It seems that the general trend among makeup artists for Spring 2013 is the single-statement beauty look – whether you focus on eyes or lips, keep the rest of the face natural and unembellished for a youthful and fresh look. Below, some of our favorites from our favorite city’s – Paris – Fashion Week.


Raf Simons’ debut ready-to-wear collection for Dior was a swan song of the famed French label’s strict elegance and ladylike rigor. But where the clothes looked to Dior’s history, the beauty looks blazed an ultra-modern trail. Makeup artist Pat McGrath and her team worked for six hours on the 55 models’ customized, hand-designed beaded eye makeup, blending fashion-forward futurism with timeless elegance. With all of that embellishment around the eyes, skin and lips remained bare, and hair was pulled back into sleek low ponytails. Our takeaway from the standout collection? Do try this at home.


With clothes leaning towards a sixties influence at Chloe, makeup artist Diane Kendal wanted to switch things up a bit. She reinterpreted a retro cat eye for the Spring collection by introducing a rectangular shape and an unexpected shade: copper. The result was refreshingly dramatic, and couldn’t be easier to DIY at home. 


Makeup artist Peter Philips knows how to get innovative. As the man responsible for every shade of Chanel nail polish you’ve ever coveted, his inspiration for the looks at Fendi this season was quite literal. “The idea was to use colors from the collection, and the best way to do that is to use the actual collection,” Philips said: models’ lower eyelids were deorated with pre-cut fabric strips from bathing suits of the Spring line. With all of that color blocking going on, faces were otherwise left bare, creating a young and playful look that we can’t wait to experiment with for Halloween.


If you’ve ever doubted the potential of a statement lip, Rochas’ Spring 2013 collection is here to prove you wrong. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni created a super-saturated, matte red lip for models based off the rosebud floral patterns towards the end of the show. Pierni avoided an overdramatic look by keeping the rest of the face fresh and unadorned (are we sensing a theme here?). Hair was kept sleek so as not to interfere with the voluminous chrysanthemum headbands that models wore. 


Everything that the house of Chanel produces starts with Karl Lagerfeld (or Uncle Karl, if you’re close personal friends like we are…). Inspiration for the beauty look this season was the flooring in his new studio, which is high-shine metallic parquet. The look, it comes as no surprise, was all about shine. The high-drama eye makeup was crafted using Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous eyeshadow and thicker-than-thick black eyeliner on both lids. A statement for sure, but one that couldn’t possibly be more chic. 


Talk about being inspirational: Valentino’s Spring beauty look was inspired by model Maud Welzen’s perfect skin and natural flush, so much so that makeup artist PatMcGrath mimicked her complexion on the rest of the models. The objective was to avoid any dramatic aesthetics and rather keep models looking “how they actually look,” letting the beauty of the clothes speak for themselves.

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Emilie Sintobin is a senior at Boston College studying French and Art History. A diehard fashion enthusiast and francophile, she dreams of the day she can return to Paris, where she spent a semester studying abroad last year. This fall, in addition to writing for Her Campus BC, she is also joining the Her Campus National team as an editorial intern. In her spare time, Emilie devours the pages of Vogue Paris and W, loves listening to oldies tunes, and can't get enough of a good old-fashioned dance party.
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