While the world grapples with the current pandemic, fashion is both reacting to and providing an antidote for the current collective uncertainty for the future. During Paris Fashion Week, clothing was mostly pragmatic for increased bouts of domesticity to come, where comfort and wearability reigned supreme. With regards to trends in beauty, designers opted for a more minimal application that emphasized a glowing complexion. For those venturing into bolder territory, the eyes were the key feature to flaunt with vivid hues, perfect for faces that are mostly covered by masks. S/ has rounded up the natural beauty trends from Paris Fashion Week that revelled in purity.
To complement the cinematic flair of the Spring/Summer 2021 collection, CHANEL’s resident cosmetics guru Lucia Pica favoured a matte finish. Pica painted the eyes, lips and skin with natural shades that steered clear of any glossy finishes while using a smokier eyeshadow palette for an intense effect. The resulting aesthetic allowed the models to appear “slightly untouchable.”
Creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup Peter Philips accentuated the eyes to a dramatic effect for Dior’s Spring/Summer 2021 runway collection. Philips notes how he “wanted to focus on the eyes and emphasize them powerfully by framing them with dense, matte black liner.” For the skin, a luminous and natural complexion was achieved by the use of the brand’s new Capture Totale C.E.L.L. range to provide optimal hydration. Furthermore, the lips were coated with the Dior Lip Maximizer 001 in Pink, with the resulting shine blotted for a more subtle appearance.
Playing off the masculine/feminine dichotomy present within Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2021 offering, the beauty was similarly gender fluid. Makeup guru Pat McGrath chose a very barefaced aesthetic that emphasized the skin’s natural glow, adding a slight shimmer to the models’ faces for a strikingly minimal appearance.
Alongside her work with Vuitton, Pat McGrath was also in charge of the makeup for Miu Miu’s digital presentation, which similar to Prada, was staged as a traditional runway without a physical audience. Favouring an au naturel impression, unexpected details elevated these looks, including asymmetrical hair parts courtesy of Guido Palau, which were echoed in matching eyebrow slits.
Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry’s penchant for surrealism was left unscathed for his latest collection. In order to heighten the brand’s trademark uncanny decadence, the models featured in the lookbook and accompanying video had pared down makeup to allow the eccentric accessories to steal the show. Trompe l’oeil rings mimicked fingertips with elongated nails, while golden-hued facial coverings included septum piercings.