The beauty look you’re already wearing that dominated the couture shows

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!



It’s official, Charlotte Tilbury makeup is finally coming to NZ!

There’s a coveted new makeup brand on the way.

One of those hard to get brands we’ve previously always searched out when travelling prior to the pandemic, the beloved luxury makeup line created by British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury MBE (above right) has been confirmed to finally launch here.

The only downside it that we’ll have to wait until September when the collection will land in Mecca stores and online, concurrently with its arrival in Australian Mecca stores. 

Prior to starting her own makeup brand, Tilbury was well known internationally for her makeup artistry, creating fashion editorial and runway makeup for top global fashion houses like Prada, Miu Miu, McQueen and Chloe as well as top celebrities. 

It’s this expertise Tilbury poured into the brand, the exceptional high performance skin, eye and lip products recognised around the world for their ease in creating a chic, modern glamour.

Her best-selling products include glow-boosting Hollywood Flawless Filter, A complexion primer that blurs, smooths, and illuminates, highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes in a range of subtle, wearable soft shimmers and mattes and a number of popular lip pencils and lipsticks, including the iconic rosy-nude shade known as Pillow Talk, the ultimate your-lips-but-better shade for many people.


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“I am thrilled to finally be launching my award-winning beauty secrets and research-powered glowing skincare in Australia and New Zealand with Mecca,” Tilbury said in a press release.

“I am so inspired by the Mecca universe,” she says. “We meticulously designed the end-to-end digital and in-store experience to fuse easy-to-use, easy-to-choose and easy-to-gift moments of grab-and-go with the glamour and indulgence of a Hollywood red carpet transformation. 

My brand mission is to give everyone the right skincare and makeup so that they can conquer the world, and I cannot wait to bring this to life with Mecca.”