Monday, February 2, 2009

Paris Couture Spring 2009 Makeup and Hair

Spring certainly doesn't seem like its in the air here in the Midwest, but the looks at Paris Couture Spring 2009 make me hope that a little warmth is just around the corner - I can't take much more of this nasty winter weather!

At Valentino, makeup artist Pat McGrath created smoky eyes on the models in four different colors. Hair was scraped up into a glossy topknot. Above, the models show off a plum smoky eye (left) and a charcoal smoky eye. Below, a model wears a shimmery green smoky eye - gorgeous! A gray-blue smoky eyes was also worn by models.

At Jean Paul Gaultier, makeup reflected the stark black and white of the couture. Models faces were dusted with white powder. To create a contrast, eyes, creases and brows were outlined in black liner.

At Alexis Mabille, Mexican painter Diego Rivera's works were the inspiration for hair and makeup. The makeup artists used lavender and pink pastel colors in the eyes, cheeks and lips.

The hair at Mabille, braided and then joined together, was youthful and innocent...and perhaps a sign that braids are still a trend for spring?

"Ethereal" was the term to describe the makeup and hair at Christian Dior. The inspiration was John Vermeer's painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Soft pinks, peaches and whites were used on the models, giving them a painterly look. Hair was curled and crimped but still maintained an angelic, as opposed to rough, quality.

I love nothing better than a strong, winged out eye makeup look, one that was showcased at Christian Lacroix. The eyes are so strong they almost overpower those gigantic earrings! The inspiration for the look was a ballerina...clearly, though, the models were ballerinas with attitude.

Geometry and graphics were reflected in the makeup and hair at Armani Prive. Besides the strong black eyeliner and shadow used to form geometric shapes on the eyes, barely any color was used on the rest of the face. A black, geometric shaped wig finished off the look.

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