The Formula Blog Reports: Pretty Makeup From Paris Fashion Week

For real girls with real beauty routines, we love The Formula (if it's not already added to your bookmarks bar, do it!). And Aimee Blaut, the genius interviewer, photographer, and writer behind all that fashion eye candy, recently attended Paris Fashion Week to get the scoop on the beauty looks we real girls might be interested in.
We obviously had her keep a photo diary while she was there. The takeaway: more gorgeous beauty looks and bold features than we could have dreamed of. Click through for the insider look at what goes on behind the scenes at the world's most glamorous Fashion Week. And of course, some sumptuous shots of stunning models.
Photographed by Aimee Blaut
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Designer Gareth Pugh launched a limited-edition MAC collection last December, so I was excited to see if he would use a matte face and dark eye in his fall show — the signature looks from his line. Makeup maven Alex Box created a clean look for the models, which she called "nun nude." She says, "I was inspired by the way a nun's habit cuts the face into a diamond, so I used milliner's elastic over the forehead to recreate the look of a wimple." Box used MAC strobe cream on the model's  faces, to catch the light, and MAC Studio Sculpt, to keep the look fresh and dewy.
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The nails were rad, and suitably dark. The manicurist painted half moons with a mix of grays and blacks with "cracked" polish, which was very much in tune with the colors of the collection. 
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This was my second season shooting backstage at Vanessa Bruno. This season, the designer paired up with the Sunday Riley team, led by Diane Kendell, to create an understated makeup look.
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The palette consisted of pinks, silvers, and soft greens.
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The hair was treated with the same soft touch, pinned back into "just out of bed in the morning" buns with a touches of green and purple accents weaved into the back.
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Très belle, non?
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Cult fashion label AF Vandervorst teamed up with Belgian makeup artist Inge Grognard, as well as MAC, to design the beauty look. Grognard went for a playful eye in a bright pink that swept across the face to the hair line.
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Grognard's team told me that the look was all about freshness: "We chose pink, because it is very elegant but still fresh. The blush is applied like [it was in the '80s], from the eyes over to the eyebrows, over to the cheekbones. The line was applied strong and low because all of the models have a hat on, so you can still see it. We used a MAC pro paint stick in magenta which is similar to a fuchsia. Then we added the pretty and prim mineralized blush."
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I love the makeup Pat McGrath designed for Viktor & Rolf. I can still hear her screaming "More gloss! More gloss!" as the models hurried to change into their first looks. I live for a dark, vampy lip and this show definitely put it on the map for next fall. The hair was sleek on top with an old Hollywood curl on the bottom, adding that extra touch of glamour.
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I knew I was in for a treat backstage at Yohji Yamamoto when I saw that Eugene Souleiman was designing the hair and Pat McGrath the makeup! The final effect was bold, dark, and zany.
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"I felt the collection looked very sexy even though it's very Yohji," said Souleiman. "It is a sexy, sensual collection and is quietly multifaceted in the design. I guess I really wanted to do something that shows new sides of people. Tthe hair is kind of a contradiction — part of it is a little Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the other side is kind of straight and porn star-ish. There are a few things going on, but I like the clash. It is meant to be kind of obtuse."
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Elie Saab closed Paris Fashion Week with his famously elegant gowns and a full, faux fringe (clip-ons!) on hair that was styled long and sleek.
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The makeup played off a palette of neutrals and plums with a brown eye.
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Between Elie Saab and Viktor & Rolf, it is safe to say that a brown smokey eye will be pretty major for fall (trend forecasting alert.)