Get the Look: AW16 Couture Beauty

Beauty in couture is more than skin deep. It represents years of painstaking experience, honing natural talent to present hair and makeup worthy of the handmade works of art adorning the models’ frames. Just as it is with designers, it allows makeup artists to display the high expertise of their craft, which is why beauty lovers the world over pour over such mesmerizing visages.

Off the runway, and in the dog days of summer, we imagine it’s the perfect time to spend an afternoon at home, studying, imitating and rehearsing our own craft. There will be mounds of tissues, there will be smudges. But hopefully, in the end, we’ll have picked up some stunning new skills. Here are our practice-worthy favorites.

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Veritable Cat-eyes — Christian Dior didn’t stop at one version of the cateye, which made its appearance on numerous runways. Showing that this classic beauty technique will never go out of style and is never without a new iteration, we saw bold colorblocking that can only be described as the truth. Thick, squared-off winged liner reserved for the bottom lid offered a subtly sporty feel while a more traditional, heavy, liquid style on top gave a pointed finish. Our favorite? The gold-bronze cateye. The metallic hue wholly surrounded the eye, top to bottom, inside and out.

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Golden Mane — A trip to Ricky’s or the garden/craft store may be in order to procure the simple, yet unbelievably stunning look at Valentino. Delicate gold bands were wrapped around two sorted front pieces while the length was pulled in a low pony. Shine spray is a must to re-create the glossy, Shakespearean-inspired look.

photo via @versace_official instagram

photo via @versace_official instagram

McGrath’s Color Story — Pat McGrath is a living legend. Her work only ever gets better while she somehow manages to create looks for numerous shows each season, accompanied by what we can only imagine are never-ending espresso shots. Her bright blue, geometric cateye for Versace is transcended in its wow-factor by a deep red lip—covered in light-catching glitter. The beauty world waits with baited breath, as she teased on her Instagram the requisite products may be coming in her new makeup line. Until then, Sephora will have to do.

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She’s a Doll — If Chanel’s couture show is any indication, big doll eyes are a trend we wouldn’t mind seeing in our street-style, real lives. Fluttering faux lashes on the bottom and top of the eye create an ethereal POV.

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Call her Veronica — Elie Saab’s collection was divine. Always typifying glamour, his models wore a candy-apple red, in contrast to the Bordeaux phenomenon of late, a simple winged liner and stunning Veronica Lake waves replete with a deep, sultry side part. There’s more than one way to achieve the look. Here’s a simple video tutorial. And you can check out this article from Byrdie for more ideas.

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for papierdoll.com, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site marisaswanson.com and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.