6 Beauty Trends from Paris Fashion Week You Can Start Rocking Right Now

6 Beauty Trends from Paris Fashion Week You Can Start Rocking Right Now

The city of lights did not disappoint in giving us major FOMO in its Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear beauty trends.

After a whirlwind of runway shows in New York, London, and Milan, we’ve finally come to the last stop of this fashion month, the fashion capital itself, Paris.

It’s been said that fashion week means different things to everyone. For designers, it’s months or (for some) even years of hard work coming to fruition. For fashion writers, it’s seen as an artwork to be dissected and critiqued. For socialites and celebrities, it’s primarily their potential wardrobe on the catwalk. But for us beauty junkies, it means one thing-- an exciting time to scout for new beauty trends to add to our make-up routine. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered six of the best beauty trends straight from PFW, and as a bonus we’ve included some product recommendations by our Contributing Make-up Artist, Angela Stewart to help you cop the trend.



The Chanel Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear show was described by Vogue’s Chief Critic, Sarah Mower, as having a "naturalistic" atmosphere to it. The runway was set in the Grand Palais, an iconic French monument built as an ode to "the glory of French Art," with an indoor waterfall installed that gave the audience a fresh breeze throughout the show. Albeit Karl Lagerfeld’s protests, the "60’s/80’s youth vibe" was said to have a strong presence in the runway. With "rainy Spring day" as this collection’s major inspiration, the beauty look remained a reflection of this. Makeup Artist Tom Pecheux, blended navy-blue eyeshadow all the way up to the brow bone, extending it to the outer corners for a cat-eye effect, and swiped turquoise eyeshadow under the lash line, almost mimicking the quintessential 80’s girl-in-the-rain-look. A flush of rosy blush was applied on the cheeks, and it’s finished off with glossy orange-red lips and paired with a damp low ponytail.


"The old adage of eyes, lips, or cheeks was kicked to the curb. How about all of the above?"

Eyes: Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in 16 Blue Jean (US$30).

Cheeks: Benefit Coral Blush ($53).

Lips: Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Colour in 06 No Vacancy ($88).




Pierpaolo Paccioli, traded the signature Red colour of Valentino for Pink this Spring.  A variety of rosy hues and shimmer were seen on this season’s collection. According to Paccioli, the collection was partially inspired by the Apollo moon landing and Valentino’s classic 80’s glamour. Makeup legend, Pat Mcgrath interpreted the aesthetic by doing an exaggerated "draped" blush that blends into the browbone and on the eyelids. Laura Valenti of Vogue, describes the blush colours to be "bright fuchsia on lighter skin tones, and peachy bronze on darker ones." The statement blush is paired with clear lip gloss, peach -coloured highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes, and fresh glowing skin. Originally coined by the iconic 80’s makeup maven, Way Bandy describes "draping" essentially as "colour contouring" and is used as an alternative to typical contour shades to add definition to the face. Although "draping" isn’t necessarily new to the beauty scene (see: Marc Jacobs Beauty 2016 Airblush palette), it might be making a glorious comeback.


"This modern geisha saw varying degrees of matte magenta swept from the brow bones to the cheekbones".

Eyes: M.A.C Eyeshadows in Passionate or Sushi Flower ($16), and pigment in Melon as inner corner highlight. 

Lips: The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Raspberry ($24.75).


Miu Miu

Among all the runway shows seen in PFW, Miu Miu might have delivered the most wearable looks of the season. The cool-girl label came out with a variety of colourful yet understated patterns that had a steady mix of both geeky and chic aesthetic. A "boldly black, glamorously graphic eye" is how Pat Mcgrath describes the eye look she created for the show. The models rocked their no-makeup makeup skin, well-groomed eyebrows and lip balm, to complement the bold eye makeup. And ofcourse, it wouldn’t be a Miu Miu show without some form of hair accessory. For this collection, the models sported a wide-rimmed headband with a 60’s-Bridgitte-Bardot-inspired low ponytail.


Try: Erin Bigg Luxe Creme Gel Eyeliner Pot in Onyx (AU$31.82). Apply with a Smith Cosmetics #205 Angled Liner Brush (US$20).




This much is true: Maria Grazia Chiuri did not hold back in infusing her feminist sensibilities into this season’s collection. As the first face walked down the Dior runway, the words, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" was seen plastered across the model’s striped marinière sweater. The answer to this question is discussed by American Art Historian, Linda Nochlin’s eye-opening 1971 article (which we’re now adding to our Must-Read list). In line with empowering female artists, Chiuri’s muse for the show was Niki de Saint Phalle, an iconic French-American artist and feminist, known for her unapologetic approach to art, and her to-die-for wardrobe. If you’re looking for a new style for your mane this season, Dior’s runway did not fail to give plenty of short Do’s to get inspiration from. For the beauty look, makeup extraordinaire Peter Philips coated the top and bottom lashes with mascara applied with a heavy hand to achieve "long clumpy lashes".


"While the skin was natural and minimal, eyes were definitely the focus. (The) lashes were dressed with 2 different kinds of mascara to create a chunky, cool girl matte lash. Finished off with a devil may care run of black liner through the inner water line."

Eyelashes: Too faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($35) to define and fluff up lashes, then top with Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara ($62) to add texture and drama.

Liner: M.A.C Cosmetics Technakohl Liner in Graphblack.


Maison Margiela

One of the more unconventional looks of this season could be seen at Maison Margiela’s Spring 2018 show. Fellow beauty writers were quick to jump on the trend, even naming it the "negative space lipstick," and some going so far as to calling it a tribute to Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts. Pat Mcgrath, once again gives us an "ooh-aah-moment" with her modern take on the classic pink lip. The neon pink lipstick is broken up by a curved line running down the middle of the lips. Some say it’s an edgy way to emphasize your pout and create fuller-looking lips. The inspiration behind the actual collection goes back to John Galiano’s love for travel. He shares how he arrived at his vision of finding glamour in "dressing in haste," by watching travellers from all around the world in "various states of unintended disarray" as Sarah Mower puts it. For someone who’s constantly dressing in haste (because I took too much time doing my makeup) I say count me in!


"Just when you thought you'd seen all the 'new', Pat McGrath busts out this deliciously graphic lip. A matte textured fuschia shade was applied with painstaking precision curving to reveal the natural lip at the centre."

Try: M.A.C Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Aim for Gorgeous ($40).



Bold, vivid colours with extravagant volumes of fabric are what best describes Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s Spring 2018 runway looks. Saturated colours of "purple, marigold, scarlet, jade, and royal blue" were seen on the catwalk, as shared by Jessica Iredale of WWD magazine. So, it is no surprise that the fashion heritage house chose Lucia Pieroni, an amazing makeup artist known for her love of colour, to create the looks for the show. However, Pieroni went a different route by creating a more minimalist yet bold eye look for the show, using black liner expertly drawn around the outlines of each eye. The rest of the face was kept simple with well-groomed brows, clean skin and lip balm so as not to draw attention from the graphic liner.


"Skin was clean and fresh to leave the focus on the eye. An elongated disjointed graphic black line was traced to frame the eyes."

Try: By Terry Ligne Blackstar Intense Liquid Eyeliner in No.1 Black Fiction ($59).

Pro tip: "Map out your shape first faintly with a fine brush and a black eyeshadow, then once you're happy with your symmetry go over the line with your liquid eyeliner. Always have pointed makeup cotton tips and remover on hand to sharpen up the edges or correct any mistakes." 

Try: My Kit Co. My Mini on Point Buds x 50 ($8.10).


Are you brave enough to try any of these looks at home? Keep your eye out on our Instagram if you’re up for the challenge.

P.S. We're talking Monday.


Words | Jameela-Jouf Gatanela
Images | via Vogue.com