Fall/Winter 2016 Beauty Trend Report
Fall Beauty Trend Report: Contouring comes to an end
The tolerance for Facetuned-looking sculpted makeup has hit the tipping point. On runways such as Hugo Boss, Missoni and Alexander Wang, skin felt real – a look, as Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics described it, inspired by the girl who has been up all night. (Bonus: You’ll spend far less time in front of the mirror.) Apply BB cream or foundation on the T-zone only – too much on the cheeks is aging – and then buff into skin and set with a dusting of powder.
Fall Beauty Trend Report: Dark matter
If a bold lip felt OTT for spring, the fall runways make a compelling case to try one now. Rich hues in near-black oxblood (Rodarte, Louis Vuitton), blue (Ohne Titel) and even black (Vivienne Westwood) were front and centre. “Lips are a point of power,” says Pat McGrath, creative design director for P&G Beauty, who did the black lip at Fenty x Puma. These super-saturated colours play well with lipliner; diffused shades make less of an impact. Prefer an uptown iteration of this trend? Swipe a layer of gloss overtop, which is what Peter Philips, creative and image director for Christian Dior Makeup, did at Dior.
Grown-up glitter is exactly that. Think purposefully placed: a sprinkling on the eye’s outer corner (Burberry Prorsum), a gold wash over the lids (Saint Laurent) or a fine line under the brow (Giambattista Valli). Why glitter? Why not? “Every girl deserves a silver lining – that’s my thought,” Val Garland, makeup artist for M.A.C Cosmetics, told us backstage at Giambattista Valli in Paris, referring to the sparkling metallic shade she was using. Tip: Before putting glitter on, apply a thick layer of powder – Garland used Ben Nye Neutral Set Colourless Powder ($11.50, at bennyemakeup.com), anywhere it might fall. When you’re done applying, brush off the powder; any errant glitter will go with it.
The big return of gel
Let’s be clear: This is not the artfully undone hair of seasons past. Hairstylist Paul Hanlon said it best backstage at Giambattista Valli, where he was creating an Ursula Andress Bond-girl look: “It’s very, very, very done hair.” See: the finger waves at Marc Jacobs, which Guido Palau, global creative director for Redken, told us are not exactly a DIY task. (“They are very precise and [require] a very difficult technique,” he said of the process that involves quickly manipulating gel-coated hair into waves before it starts to dry.) Up for the challenge? Jimmy Paul, editorial stylist for Bumble and Bumble, who created a messy version for Opening Ceremony, says to just relax: “If it’s imperfect, it looks unique.”
Upgrade your braids...and buns
At DKNY, Eugene Souleiman, global creative director for Wella Professionals, paid homage to the understated glamour of New Yorkers with bound braids. “We’re using the white elastics so that the braid really stands out in the girls’ hair,” says Souleiman. “I think it makes it look really modern and current.” The remaining hair was sprayed with EIMI Sugar Lift to add texture and keep the style from looking too precious. Buns were also suddenly edgy: Models at Dior and Mansur Gavriel wore sporty low double chignons, and the topknot got twisted at Sacai.
Another option: Grab a friend and pull a hair swap, like Kendall and Gigi at Balmain. (You’ve always wanted to go blond, right?) These are wigs, so when it’s time to go back to your original shade, natural hair is healthy underneath.
Paint it black
To paraphrase Coco Chanel: Change your hair, change your life. The fastest way to get out of a hair rut? Put an accessory on it.
What’s almost as good as a 2.55 bag? Tom Pecheux’s quilted-eye ode to the iconic Chanel purse.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Dimensions ($68), at chanel.com.