Couture Week SS16; The Hottest Makeup Looks

Ohhhh lovely Couture Week. I may not be able to afford your clothes but luckily your makeup porn is free! A lovely little stopover before the serious Fashion Week frenzy coming up in a couple of months time, Paris Couture as always gave us glamorous, gorgeous and seriously out there makeup looks, just the way we like them! These beauties were our absolute favourites, some more wearable than others, but all as inspiring as always.

Key Artist; Pat McGrath

The classic full-on, Donatella inspired smokey eye was back with dramatic effect at Versace, this time with a glossy, jet-black hue owed to Pat McGrath‘s newly launched Pat McGrath Labs collection #PHANTOM002.

McGrath’s own Black Caviar gel liner pencil was layered under black gloss and lashings of mascara to give the simple, sexy black eyes Donatella herself had requested.

Explaining of the slightly DIY style application, “It is not the black eye of amazing, amazing skill,” she described. “It’s a much easier, fresh approach to glamour.”

Key Artist; Peter Philips

Dior’s creative director of cosmetics hit us with two different looks for their SS16 show, each stunningly beautiful in its simplicity.

The majority of models graced the runway in a simple slick of black eyeliner, set against their flawless, velvet complexions and utterly natural nude lips. But just when the gathered audience thought they knew what to expect, groups of models appeared wearing rich, matte, fiery red lips in Dior’s Diorific lipstick in Fabuleuse(£28…) and the contrast was utterly chic, very Dior, very Paris.

Key Artist; Tom Pecheux

One of the absolute standout looks of the week came courtesy of Mr Pecheux with the soft contour and displaced, Cleopatra-tinged liner he gave to the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner at Chanel.

A stunning look that was one thing up close, but almost came into its own from the viewpoint of the audience. When seen from far away the girls appeared to have naturally oversized doll-like peepers. The effect, set against that creamy skin and shimmering nude lip, was just divine.

Key Artist; Pat McGrath

It seems almost criminal to only show you one look from this show, I barely know where to begin! Definitely a wow moment on the Margiela catwalk, with a return of the dream team John Galliano and Pat McGrath.

Almost every model that walked the runway sported a wildly different makeup, each indirectly inspired by that late well of inspiration himself, David Bowie. In homage, there were stars and constellations, glitter, zig-zags, detailing to one eye only (seemingly a nod to Bowie’s own anisophoria, his trademark mismatched stare). Another standout surrealist look saw models eyes, throats and faces branded with tumbling bejewelled lips. Check out a full gallery of all the makeup looks courtesy of the generous folk over at

Key Artist; Sam Bryant

Sam Bryant and the team from MAC gave us unmistakably 80s inspired looks to DIE FOR at JPG. Influenced by the makeup of revellers from the iconic Paris nightclub Le Palace, can a cat-eye get any fiercer that this?!

“Ketchup” coloured pouts came courtesy of MAC classic lipstick Russian Red (£15.50…), layered with a generous helping of equally classic Clear Lip Glass (£14.50…). Teamed with bold blusher, killer black brows and lashings of mascara, I’ve heard first-hand that the team backstage had an absolute blast on this one!

Key Artist; Pat McGrath

“You are a priestess going to the temple at the top of the hill. You are fierce, serene, strong, and you have a purpose…” read the show notes for the girls backstage at Valentino. And McGrath followed suit with this makeup fit for a Grecian Goddess, turning out another absolute favourite from the season, a seemingly effortless, absolute DREAM of a look in shades of nude and taupe.

A truly beautiful makeup for these fresh-faced and barefoot girls, the gold detailing and boho stylings of the couture were mirrored in a makeup that was all peachy glowing skin and radiant highlights a-plenty.

Key Artist; Christelle Cocquet

And the piece de resistance for the teenage goth that still resides within me, was this wonderful and delicately dark look at Dice Kayek, taking inspiration from Brandon Lee’s makeup in goth classic “The Crow”. Why did I never wear this makeup in my teenage years dammit?!!

Set against fresh youthful skin and little else, Cocquet somehow managed to take a dark, dramatic reference and turn it into something subtle, feminine and oh so cool. Love!

Merci beaucoup for the makeup-spiration Paris, see you next time!


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