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.
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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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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 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."