5 Beauty Lessons To Learn From The Couture Catwalks

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Jul 10 2017 / 15:30 PM

Because we can all buy into haute hair and make-up

5 Beauty Lessons To Learn From The Couture Catwalks

As ever, the couture shows have been a spectacle from head-to-toe, and the beauty details forecast for autumn/winter 2018 are rich in inspiration. From simple-to-style bows in your hair to the new bushy brow technique, here are the tweaks to try out now.

Grown-ups can wear plaits and bows

Peter Dundas

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Toddler hair got given the Dundas treatment in Paris with simple, loose plaits secured under black bows. Its effortless elegance remains modern thanks to the trailing length of the ribbon. Get thee to a haberdashery (or the wrapping paper drawer) immediately.

Flower crowns are chic again


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Rodarte sent models down the runway with exaggerated garlands of gypsophila haloing their heads signalling a strong flower crown revival. The addition of tiny, randomly placed bows in the hair and minimal make-up made the look less Glastonbury and more Midsummer Night's Dream-themed garden party. We approve.

Brows are full, but not over-filled


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Don't worry, bushy brows aren't going anywhere. Thanks to Dior they're still stealing the make-up limelight, but the idea now is to leave some transparency when filling the brows in. Lead make-up artist Peter Philips gave models natural-looking fullness, by sketching in hairs starting a few millimetres back from the brow's beginning, before brushing arches in a zig-zag motion with tinted gel. Key message? Fight the urge to over-fill.

Colour blocking is back


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The hair at Chanel was ultra-ladylike, but the eye make-up? Pretty punk. Reflecting Karl Lagerfeld's continued love for the arts, make-up legend Tom Pecheux painted bright strips of colour over the eyelids and beneath the lower lash lines. While we can't see this catching on in real life (not for a daily look, anyway), take it as your cue to experiment with block brights again. A wash of pink, yellow or green on the eyes looks more modern that you think. Just keep the lips low-key.

Metallic hair is the new temporary colour trend

Maison Margiela

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There was a futuristic vibe at Maison Margiela with metallic everything, including the hair. If you're a bold colour junkie – but bored of doing the pink tint that's been around forever – consider metallic hair make-up your next party trick. Follow Bella Hadid's lead on the catwalk and pair gold roots with a red lip. Shrinking violets need not apply.