We usually expect certain beauty trends to emerge from international fashion weeks. But thanks to this week’s Couture Fall/Winter presentations there’s at least one dominant takeaway that’s super easy to adopt and start wearing right away. In fact, it’s probably already in your repertoire.
It’s incredibly rare for top fashion houses to land on an almost identical makeup look for their runway looks, but that’s what happened this week.
Key to the approach at both Dior and Chanel’s presentations in Paris? Sharp swoops of extended black eyeliner that flick out at the corners with an equally intense ‘under-liner’ – a streak of midnight blue etched along the bottom lash line, emphasising the inner corners. Everything else was decidedly low-key, down to the bare, balmy lip.
Dior’s eye look was created by the fashion and beauty house’s Creative and Image Director Peter Philips, who used Diorshow 24H Stylo Waterproof Liner in 091 Matte Black to create the liner, then topped it with a deep blue shadow from Dior’s 5 Couleurs Couture palette in Denim for the depth of colour.
At Chanel the liquid liner was the blackest black and pitched out at the edges into a double point with the lower liner also extended.
It’s not something that happens often as high-fashion brands each like to lay claim to having set the season’s key beauty trends during their fashion week shows, but we’re just taking the rare double up as concrete proof that bold eyeliner will continue to play a big part in global makeup trends in the coming months. Steady that hand and sharpen that kohl now.
Further confirmation came in other couture shows and presentations this week, that also made the most of liner and kept everything else understated.
Also going in on the liquid liner? Giambattista Valli, where the models wore liner so thick it covered most of their lids.
At Giorgio Armani the liner was a playful, retro-inspired eye makeup look created by Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani international makeup artist, using a custom-made mix of blue and green pigments.
While not runway presentations, Both Balenciaga and Schiaparelli’s haute couture collections were presented in a series of styled images accompanied by – you guessed it – thick black winged liner, and in some cases for the latter, a purple version.
The takeaway? It’s time to sharpen your kohl, steady your hand and practice your feline flicks!