The Haute Couture Beauty Roundup

Beauty is nothing if not an ever-evolving fusion of color, shape and line; and couture is nothing if not the vanguard of innovation, artistry and the avant-garde. So, it comes as little (though a thoroughly delightful) surprise that bold, decisive color and a nod to a futurist landscape defined the Spring 2018 Couture runways.

This season was all about the makeup. A swipe of metallic across the eyes, saturation at its most opaque, new line designs and candy-color coated lips were some of the highlights on the catwalk that we couldn’t stop talking about post show. Here are a few of our favorites to inform your own roundup discussions.

Candy Girl — One of the most shared and loved images of Spring 2018 couture was of fashion’s newly-minted It Girl, Kaia Gerber, veiled and ready to walk for Chanel. While the veils themselves were a talking piece, it was Kaia’s watermelon-shade, glossy-texture pout that had everyone swooning. So much couture is fantasy, and this brought a runway to realway moment we can all get on board with.

Golden Eye — Zuhair Murad and Eli Saab embraced golden-metallic lines on the lids. Saab’s offered a minimalist line on the upper lid while Murad offered a more dramatic winged version that had has thinking of Wonder Woman and the power of unapologetic beauty.

We’d be remiss to talk winged liner without mentioning Dior’s incredible upper and bottom lines that peeked out of masquerade mesh masks; a feat of execution, especially during the perennial chaos of pre-show backstage madness.

80s Wild Child — Alexandre Vauthier put a pair of tiny rhinestone glasses on Bella Hadid, and sauntered her down the runway with his other models, all painted in bold 80s style. Before natural contouring shades, there was hot pink to make cheekbones the star of the show. Vautheir gave us a glowing reminder. Metallic eye shadow from lid to brow bone reminded us of early Queen Madge, the material girl herself. While the look says retro to us, the bold color of the 80s was all about a Jetson’s future of flying cars and modern technology. We loved the look back that made us think about looking forward.

High Shine Giambattista Valli and Schiaparelli offered bare looks with a striking statement: High-gloss highlights. Unlike pink- or iridescent-toned powders and liquids, this clear gloss dramatized an existing trend without sacrificing wearability. A dewy glow has been on our must-have list for skin texture, and this takes it to the next level. Recommended? Concentrated skin care that allows you to go bare but for a swipe of Vaseline on the top of your cheekbones, lids, between your eyes and bottom of your chin right before you walk out the door.

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.