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The Best Hair and Makeup Moments From Paris Fashion Week

Beauty teams in France are putting together stunning looks. Here are our favorites.

Jill Kortleve walking for Chanel at Paris fashion week. Photo: Getty

Fashion month is wrapping up for the spring/summer 2021 season in France this week and keeping up the momentum with stunning beauty moments. Like London fashion week and Milan fashion week, Paris fashion week is adapting to the global pandemic by putting on a mix of traditional, in-person runway shows and digital presentations with extravagant videos.

Creativity is still high, nonetheless. One Parisian designer duo even figured out a genius way to adorn models’ faces with gems without actually touching them. Makeup artists at other shows seem to be focusing their energy on one part of the face to limit the amount of time they’re in contact with each model. Prepare yourselves now for Paris fashion week’s takes on black eyeliner and eye shadow at Dior and Chanel, respectively. We swear the looks are less emo and more sophisticated than they initially sound. Another highlight to look out for: Makeup artist Fara Homidi and hairstylist Louis Ghewy also teamed up for a show to create an incredibly accurate post-spa look complete with flushed cheeks and wet hair. They somehow made our everyday, just-got-out-of-the-shower vibe into an incredibly chic aesthetic.

You can see all these looks and more of the best beauty moments from Paris fashion week below. We’ll also share how to recreate some of them at home, so you can feel the French fantasy no matter where you actually are.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

Black eye shadow blanketed the lids of models at Chanel for a gothic addition to the classic designs. Lucia Pica, Chanel’s global creative makeup and color designer buffed out the edges to give the harsh color a dreamy softness that complemented the daintiness of the pearled logo headbands. We will definitely be keeping that smoky black shadow and pearl hair accessory combo in mind for future looks.

Chloe Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

Before models strutted down the streets of Paris for Chloé, makeup artist Pat McGrath added dense black shadow on the inner corners and smoked it out towards the middle of their eyes. Then, she drew on flicks at the outer corners to complete the dramatic look. Sleek, straight hair with deep side parts, courtesy of hairstylist Guido Palau also brought an edginess to it.

Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

Makeup artist Peter Philips proved lip liner can be the focus of your whole makeup aesthetic at Acne Studios’ show. He concentrated the color on the outer corner of the lips and blended the hue, which was a burgundy slightly darker than each model’s skin tone, toward the center.

A surprise element was also added to the wet, slicked-back hair look. A string of beachy beads dangled from the back of models’ heads.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Dries Van Noten

Artfully placed clusters of bobby pins held back models’ hair into finger wave-like shapes with the help of hairstylist Sam McKnight for Dries Van Noten‘s Spring/Summer 2021 lookbook. You could probably go through a full pack of Goody Bobby Pins for this look alone. (For the record, it comes with 60.)

Etam Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

For lingerie brand Etam’s Paris Fashion Week show, several different makeup looks by makeup artist Karim Rahman were sent down the runway. Our favorite was these disco ball-like arcs of holographic silver glitter surrounding the model’s eyes paired with tousled waves. Try it with the E.L.F. Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow in Bling Bling for a mess-free (and Best of Beauty-approved) finish.

Dior Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

Backstage at Dior, makeup artist Peter Philips encircled models’ eyes with thick, pitch-black lines with subtle points at the inner and outer corners using the brand’s Diorshow 24H Stylo in #091 Matte Black. The rest of their makeup was kept simple and fresh to contrast the sharpness of the eyes. Hairstylist Guido Palau, on the other hand, created middle-parted buns with purposeful flyaways. Then, he slipped on knotted headbands.

Victoria/Tomas Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

A full face of makeup wasn’t needed at Victoria/Tomas as models topped their heads with colorful tulle, bedazzled veils connected to bucket hats. The gems were like Euphoria face adornments without having to glue them on. Hair was kept minimal, too, with sleek waves and polished bobs.

Coperni Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty

Makeup artist Fara Homidi called the look at Coperni “spa chic” on Instagram, adding it focused on an “ultra-hydrated, just out of a facial glow with deliberately placed flush all around the face.” You can recreate it by swirling the Clarins Joli Blush, which just won a Best of Beauty Award, across your cheeks and the bridge of your nose.

Hairstylist Louis Ghewy amplified that vibe with wet, slicked-back ponytails and side parts clipped back with bobby pins.

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