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The Best Beauty Moments from the Couture Spring/Summer 2021 Collections

With the bleakness of winter setting in (on top of the pandemic), haute couture designers brought some light to Paris with stunning hair and makeup to match. Extravagant headbands and luminous skin ahead. 

Kate Moss

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Haute couture during a pandemic may seem out of the realm of possibility (and low-key ridiculous), but fashion designers took this time to whisk us away to fantasy lands with the fairytale-worthy gowns and creations in their couture spring/summer 2021 collections shown in Paris this week. After being stuck in our homes for nearly a year, the stunning beauty moments that accompanied the fashion seen on the runway and in the designers’ lookbooks were a welcomed escape from reality.

At Chanel, Fendi, and Dior, there were headpieces galore made out of Venetian glass, fresh flowers, and raw crystals. Perhaps you’ll make your own in the coming weeks for a bit of fun decor to add to your Zoom meetings. You may even want to wear it out for some quick errands while you’re out it. Statement headbands are the perfect pairing with face masks when you think about it.

The couture spring/summer 2021 shows also showed off skin so wonderfully luminous they lit up dreary winter skies — and at Valentino, it was in such an unexpected-yet-classic Pat McGrath way you’ll have to see the look to believe it. These simple-yet-divine looks are sure to make you want to up your skin-care routine.


Courtesy of Chanel

Flower crowns were alive and well at Chanel. To make the look more couture and less Coachella, hairstylist Damien Boissinot pulled hair into tight, sleek buns. Makeup artist Lucia Pica set aside the festival glitter in favor of subtle washes of rust shadow for depth and kept the rest of the makeup streamlined and radiant.


Courtesy of Schiaparelli

With extravagant, sculptural pieces as the star of Schiaparelli’s couture looks, hair and makeup were kept minimal. Hair was pulled back into a chignon while skin was kept fresh. The only true beauty element was a patent red lip, which was incredibly striking against this white silk crepe dress, in particular.


Naomi Campbell

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Designer Kim Jones made his Fendi Couture debut with some famous faces, like Demi Moore, Bella Hadid, and Kate Moss, in tow. Naomi Campbell walked the runway with one of his metallic creations with equally glitzy hair and makeup, which made her look like the new Supreme. The iconic model’s finger waves were embellished with Venetian glass combs courtesy of hairstylist Sam McKnight, and her lids were adorned with dreamy gilded-and-gunmetal smoky eyes by makeup artist Peter Philips.


Courtesy of Dior Beauty

Makeup artist Peter Philips complemented the delicateness of the gowns at Dior with whisps of gold eye shadow from the 5 Couleurs Couture in Jungle rimming models’ eyes to create a gilded halo effect. The same ethereal vibes continued to the tops of their heads with hairstylist Guido Palau’s elegant updos topped with raw crystal-studded tiaras.


Courtesy of Valentino

Makeup artist  Pat McGrath brought her signature full face of extravagance approach to Valentino by covering every speck of one of the models’ skin with canary gold glitter — lips and all. (Others received swaths of shimmer on their temples.) We’re not sure if her ears were accounted for, though, as hairstylist Guido Palau made sure her long, straight hair hung beautifully like a frame around the gilded masterpiece.

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