Today, Paris Fashion Week has come to a close, heralding the end of the Spring 2017 shows. So what better time to reflect on the vast collection of hair and makeup moments seen in the City of Light than now? A minimalist mood maintained its grip, as it has near everywhere else, but in Paris, it was done with a distinctly French spirit – embracing the Parisian's come-as-you-are attitude, replete with frizzy ends and a still-wet-from-the-shower hairstyle.
Elsewhere, Paris' reputation for unbridled romance remained strong with the help of fairy-tale braids and pastel lids – but often received a retro or futuristic nod (see: Chanel) in the form of exaggerated application or unorthodox placement. So, without further ado, we're looking back on 6 beauty trends to take away from the week and include into your new makeup regimen.
PFW: 6 BEAUTY TRENDS
BREAK OUT THE BLUSH
In a sharp contrast to the clean, unmarked skin that dominated much of the season, makeup artist Dick Page drew sweet rose-coloured circles on models cheeks at Jacquemus that sat in a slightly unique position just below models eyelids. A similar approach to rouge reigned at Chanel and Kenzo, where dramatic colour came draped from the cheekbones up to the brows in true '80s fashion.
If there's one thing we've learned about blush during Paris Fashion Week, it's to not be afraid to use it and go all out on your cheekbones for spring 2017!
FRIZZY, TEXTURED HAIR
While we've spotted various takes on trendy textured hair over the past few months, at Paris Fashion Week, a prettier perspective on flyaways emerged, thanks to the softly air-dried lengths at Celine and Isabel Marant, and Sonia Rykiel's wild nests of curls, an exuberant celebration of frizz that paid tribute to Madame Rykiel herself. To achieve frizzed-out hair, let it air dry after washing, then use a texturizing spray and work it through the hair. Feel free to incorporate hot tools to further enhance your texture!
While braids are the most common hair accessory, everyone seems to do them in their own unique way. Hairstylist Guido Palau tucked miniature plaits beneath sporty top knots at Christian Dior, while he created a more voluminous, loose Rapunzel-esque braid for Valentino's Spring 2017 runway show. When it comes to braids this season, find a look that lets your personality shine through and run with it!
An unconventional trim replaced the drastic chop as the preferred mode of transformation – subtle sideburns at Sacai, softly frayed ends at Chloe meant to recall a three-month-old cut, and a bit of geometric edging at Balenciaga, which gave the hair graphic impact.
As seen in recent months, swimming-pool beauty appeared everywhere, from barely textured waves at Loewe, to futuristic slick downs at Givenchy and retro swim caps at Miu Miu. Even Balmain got in on the game with an army of wet-eyed bombshells, while the pin-straight comb overs at Alexander McQueen, accented with glittering earrings, retained the house's darkly romantic tone.
POPS OF COLOUR
A single pop of colour no longer meant a bare face and red lip at shows like Dries Van Noten, where vivid blue and yellow netting came swathed over the eyes to float back from the head. At Nina Ricci, a glossy coat of custom cream pigment, blended directly onto the lid in dreamy lavender and tangerine tints, nearly overshadowed the clothes with its breathtaking tones.
Which Spring 2017 beauty trend will you try?