Haute Couture, Hawt Maquillage!

We gathered some of the most amazing looks that we spotted during the Haute Couture ‘13 fashion shows, for your eyes only!

Text: Maria Meintani


Τhe beauty looks of the Haute Couture 2013 shows in Paris were equally impressive as the clothes themselves! Take a look at what happens when inspiration meets creativity!



Pat McGrath managed once again to create a look worth talking about!
On the models’ lips, McGrath used two Dior Addict Glosses (Diablotine No643 & Princess No553) which served as a “glue” for the beautiful Swarovski crystals that were then placed one by one on the lips, creating a sparkling, ultra glamorous look.
The lids were given a soft, pastel gray contour through the crease, by using Dior show “Mono Eyeshadow” in Grège No726, as well as the added drama of a thin, black cat-eye.



This is art at its best form! “We created the eye applications especially for this show,” said Peter Philips, Chanel’s creative makeup director, about the pieces of leaf-shaped tulle that Maison Lemarié cut using the same strips of fragile fabric Lagerfeld used in a series of delicate hair pieces. “The makeup is almost an extension of the head accessories,” said Philips and then went on saying that “In close up, you feel the fragility of the textures and materials, and from a distance, the look feels much darker”. For a flawless skin, Philips used Chanel’s“Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15” onto the models’ face and then added a touch of the “Joues Contraste Powder Blush” in Frivole, before building a standard smoky eye around the appliqués with the “Stylo Eyeshadow” in Black Stream and the “Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner” in Noir Intense.


Jean Paul Gaultier

“Indian Goddesses” was the main inspirational theme for Gaultier’s Couture show. “The original gypsies were actually from India” said makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds, who used heavily pigmented black pencils to create the kind of elongated, kohl-rimmed eyes found on Hindu sculptures. “I found a vinyl finish that’s super shiny”, he continued of the Rubotan liquid liner and L’Oréal’s “Super Liner Black Lacquer”. He then used crystals as faux nose rings, beauty marks, and face adornments and finished the look by applying faux lashes on the eyes, where he used sparkly silver powder on the inner corners in order to open them up a bit.

Armani Prive

“Mr. Armani always has his idea of how things should be, and then we work on it together” explains the Italian house’s international makeup artist, Linda Cantello. “It’s a very contemporary couture look—sort of a mash-up of the eighties, the nineties, and a little of the fifties”,  she continued of the beauty story here, which revolved around a palette of white, red, and black.
Cantello treated the skin base with Armani’s brand-new “Crema Nera Extrema” and then applied a fine layer of Giorgio Armani “Maestro foundation”. As for the eyes, the graphic patterns she drew on the crease were paired with lips painted in the brand’s new matte “Lip Maestro” and the juicy, high-shine “Flash Lacquer gloss”.
“The one thing I hate is penciled-in lips. In a show context, everything is perfect—but out there in the real world, you need to look at the woman and not the makeup”, Cantello pointed out.