Standout looks from Paris Fashion Week 2020

March 8, 2020

With Paris Fashion Week coming to a close, Instep gives a lowdown on some of the creative beauty looks that stole the spotlight on the fashion runway.

Paris Fashion Week took its final bow recently, bringing an end to Fall/Winter 2020 runways. Despite coronavirus impacting the shows, ace designers brought out stunning collections that were complemented by creative hair and makeup looks. While Dior’s makeup image director Peter Philips showcased how impactful a simple black eyeliner can be, Sam McKnight mimicked grown-out roots with bright feathers applied to models’ parts. Here are some of the very best beauty looks from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020.

Goth glam

For its fall 2020 show, Valentino’s signature red went black. For the show, global creative director for Redken, Guido Palau opted for a very deep side part that was swept over the forehead. The hairstylist pulled the hair so low onto the forehead that it almost looked like a faux bang. Keeping the front dramatic, he then pulled the lengths into a super-low ponytail. As for the eye makeup, legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath carved a sultry negative space winged eyeliner look onto each model and topped it off with black stones.

Coloured hair parts

For designer Dries Van Noten, who is known for his extreme looks, hairstylist Sam McKnight channeled the ’80s look and swept models’ hair into deep side parts and doused their parts in neon shades like fuchsia, lime green and bright yellow. What made the look stand out were the coloured feathers that he secured with his Modern Hairspray. To complement the neon roots, makeup artist IngeGrognard went with bright eyeshadows across and under their lids, finishing off the look with a bright-red lip.

Two-tone lids

Dramatic eyes seemed to be the go-to at Paris Fashion Week. Always one for creating elegant, wearable makeup looks, celebrity artist Tom Pecheux created a two-tone eyeshadow look for Altuzarra with a cat-eye shape in deep shades of rose and teal. The jewel-toned eyeshadows were dusted across the eyes, while Pecheux used a black liner to create an elongated winged eye liner. The look was surprisingly subtle but still colorful and unexpected.

Headscarves and chunky liner

Almost every model wore a ’70s-style silk scarf on their heads at the Dior show. Hairstylist Guido Palau kept the hair natural, smoothing out the hair so that it had a bit of texture on the ends, and went with Oblique-printed scarves wrapped around the head of some models. The makeup look, created by Peter Philips, was all about different iterations of chunky black eyeliner. Some models sported half-rimmed eyes, a fully contoured and fully lined look, and one that just had liner under the eyes.

Bare faces and slicked-back hair

For Balmain’s Fall/Winter 2020 collection, models sashayed the runway sporting bare faces and clean skin. According to makeup artist Samira Goyette, the look was kept minimal and glowy by using L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation and the brand’s La Vie En Glow palette. The look was finished with a light layer of mascara, groomed brows, gloss on the lids, and hydrated lips. Taking inspiration from Princess Caroline of Monaco, hairstylist Sam McKnight created the slicked-back hair by saturating them in gel or mousse - depending on texture - and then used a wide-tooth comb to mold lengths into place.

Painterly eyes

Models walked down the Maison Margiela runway with artsy, painterly eyes, courtesy of Pat McGrath. The makeup artist used her brand’s new Sublime Perfection Concealer for a flawless, glossy skin. While some models’ look was punctuated by graphic strokes of black, lavender and light blue eyeshadow above the lid, others flaunted
orange-painted eyebrows that blended into purple shadow around the brow bone.

Standout looks from Paris Fashion Week 2020: Goth glam, Coloured hair parts, Two-tone lids, Headscarves and chunky liner, Headscarves and chunky liner, Bare faces and slicked-back hair, Painterly eyes