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7 Beauty Lessons We Learned at Paris Fashion Week

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Paris, March 10, 2016: French girls may be known the world over for their effortless, undone good looks—but let’s take a moment to talk about that particularly strong-willed beauty known as la Parisienne. At the city’s best runways this week, she was out in full force, sending a jolt of high glamour through the collections with her signature sex appeal. From re-imagined smoky eyes to the glossiest rouge-noir lip and the most dramatic hair color transformations, the best moments indulged in the provocative power of beauty—while simultaneously reminding us to just have fun and stop taking it all so seriously. Whether you trade your middle part for a strong side swoop or natural waves or try a line of glittering crystals along your lashes, here are the seven beauty lessons we intend to test-drive this season.

 

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2016
Photo: Courtesy of Jeff & Mary Clarke / @mothermodel
The Parisian play on the season’s dark lip phenomenon takes words like luxe and high-shine to the next level. At Louis Vuitton, shades from black cherry to merlot were painted on in an ombré and sealed with a vinyl-esque top coat—the color combination encased in a glossy top coat—while Dior sent models down the runway in a “poisonous” merlot that we plan on investing in immediately.
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Saint Laurent Fall 2016
Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigital.tv
Slicked-back hair is experiencing a high-octane revival, from Dries Van Noten’s glossy boyish waves to Stella McCartney’s sleek, marcel-front ponytails. Still, it’s safe to say that none came close to topping Saint Laurent’s scraped-back, wet-finish hair, with its sexed-up, Helmut Newton–esque connotations.
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Valentino fall 2016
Photo: Courtesy of Pat McGrath
Mornings just got simpler with the resurgence of the high, clean-swept ballerina knot. Valentino imbued the style with modern flair, allowing a few wispy strands to frame the face. To transition from day to night, just add statement earrings.
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Chanel fall 2016
Photographed by Kevin Tachman
It’s time to reinvent the smoky eye. Black edgings were traded for brown geometric wings at Givenchy, offering a softer take on the hard-edged trend—even with the addition of bleached brows. At Dries Van Noten, models’ eyes were brush stroked with inky clouds of black watercolor-like shadow, while at Chanel, the brand’s famous quilted bags were reinterpreted on eyelids with a to-the-brow application of hatched dark shadow.
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When it comes to this season’s hair, it’s all about the quick change. Those who have trouble with commitment would do well to look to Céline, where hair was parted either to the side or directly down the middle, each offering a completely different aesthetic that’s easily undone with a simple comb through. Looking for a total hair overhaul? At Balmain, top models debuted with full-on color swaps, an ideal means for breaking out of a beauty rut and experimenting with a new mane identity.
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Anthony Vaccarello fall 2016
Photographed by Kevin Tachman
 The best evening makeup is both eye- and light-catching. Exaggerated cat-eyes gleamed with crystal embellishments at Anthony Vaccarello, while Isabel Marant relied on the subtlety of a perfectly highlighted cheekbone. For festival season, we’ll be taking cues from Giambattista Valli, where models’ upper lids and brow bones were edged in a silver, multicolored glitter that read futuristic, fun, and offhand in the best way possible.
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It’s time to take the shears into your own hands—or at least make it look like you did. The best bobs of the season—spotted on models like Eli Bauer and Katie Moore—conveyed a choppy insouciance that felt fresh and cool. At Vetements, members of designer Demna Gvasalia’s street-cast army may have captured the sounding call for individuality best through piecey bangs and offbeat proportions. And at Chloé—the epitome of contemporary boho—fringe framed faces and brushed across brows for an artfully cavalier effect.