So I stopped covering runway beauty on this website, since most of us find celebrities more relatable. But the two worlds collided recently, when Saint Laurent presented part one of its fall 2016 collection in Los Angeles (part two will be shown in the usual city, Paris, next month).
I can't tell you what the models wore, but I DO want to show you how all the celebrity attendees did their hair and makeup. Some amazing looks here!
What I love: I am obsessed! Rarely do you see a celebrity translate a risky runway look to real life; when it works, it's sooooo amazing. Leave to a Fanning sister to do the DSquared2 spring 2012 makeup almost exactly. A Saint Laurent fashion show is the perfect occasion to experiment with sooty, glitter-dusted lids (with fallout down to the cheeks) and popsicle-stained lips. Also, I am really glad Elle is not a brunette anymore. What I'd change: Nothing—it's my magazine roots that make me adore creative stuff like this. But I get that it's not appropriate for the office....
What I love: This eyeshadow is INSANE. Look at the blending! The shading! Thanks, Nicola—now, when I look at other eyeshadow jobs, they're probably not going to measure up. Also impressed with her lash definition, seamless blush and pretty shiny lips. What I'd change: The brow tails are the one glaring issue. It's perplexing that those lines are so obvious, when everything else is so perfectly blended.
What I love: I know Zoë's style isn't everyone's taste around here, but I still think she is SO cool. The thing is, she never looks like she's trying too hard. You never have to check for visible brow pencil on her, you know? It's all just natural. Here, the subtle changes are half-undone braids and smudgy black "Vs" at the outer corners of her eyes—that's it. Lips are nude, and her skin has a warm peachy-golden hue. What I'd change: I don't think I've ever found something I wanted to change on Zoë!
What I love: Hooray, Lily's bob is slowly but surely coming back! It's my favourite hairstyle on her. And I like her makeup a lot. Even though the shadow is a dark charcoal, it's not too heavy, thanks to good blending and how it is concentrated below the crease. Her lashes look lush, not fake, and I'm in love with the pearly nude lipstick. What I'd change: I do like the idea of a peach blush, just thinking this one is a little strong.
What I love: It's Jessica's hair that interests me the most here. It looks like she lightened up the colour recently (or maybe I haven't been paying attention?) and got a few inches lopped off the bottom. I associate her with having wavy hair mostly, so this textured straight style and bobby pin are a nice change. The twinkle of gold eyeshadow with a pinky-berry lip is also pretty. What I'd change: I think she used two different shades of foundation to give her face a sculpted look. Not bad, but I'm not convinced that just one perfectly-matched shade wouldn't be better.
What I love: These Fanning sisters sure know how to wear bold eyeshadow! Dakota did a similar thing as Elle, wearing strong colour all the way around her eyes but keeping her skin, brows and hair very natural. I really like the tapered shape of this black shadow, and the icy blue on the top half makes it super-creative. What I'd change: I think her skin needs more coverage, just in the middle of her face around the nose/nostrils. Also prefer a blunt cut on straight hair, not skinny ends.
What I love: Miranda's natural beauty really comes through here. I notice her flawless skin first, then the subtle makeup: just sheer light eyeshadow, a swipe of liner, and peachy blush and lip gloss. Also admiring her perfect eyebrows, which don't look filled in at all. What I'd change: The false lashes (but even those aren't terrible).
What I love: Rosie's lip colour is what's singing to me in this picture. It looks like it was pressed on with a fingertip, and the colour is, well, rosy. (Haha!) I also like her brushed-up, somewhat masculine brows, and her wavy lob is looking pretty lovely (although brushed-out waves would be even better). What I'd change: Okay, Rosie is getting way too aggressive with her cheeks. I've suspected filler in there for a while, but even if that's natural—why exaggerate the area so much with contour? It's what gives her this wooden, unnatural quality (along with the fake lashes and spray tan). Still campaigning for the return of this look... sigh.
What I love: We haven't seen Milla in a couple of years! I'm digging this bob/jacket/earrings combo a lot—it's très Saint Laurent-appropriate. The mid-brunette bob is her Life Cut, and looks current flipped to one side at the top. What I'd change: Just a little more skin coverage (and lip balm!) would give Milla a more polished appearance.
What I love: Even though I'm not a fan of this look, Emma deserves some credit for committing to this rusty pink shade in a big way. It's a bold move! Her brows perhaps compete for attention, but I do like them on their own merit—they're very full and not obviously filled-in. What I'd change: This is why I'm scared to let people put foundation on me! Emma has amazing skin, but the heavy base aged her a good 10 years or more. It's even creating marionette lines... I hate when that happens! If she wanted to do this matchy eye and lip thing, a fresher coverage was necessary. Also, I'd skip the black in the waterlines (too harsh) and maybe even pull her hair back to put the focus on the makeup.
What I love: I'm glad Demi has grown her hair so long; it's really her best feature. The shine coming off those locks is crazy! I like how she doesn't cake on the makeup or powder. Her chunky lashes look good, too. What I'd change: While I love a bare lip, in this case a soft natural lip liner would be good to define and perfect her shape. Also, did you spot the mismatched brow pencil on her tails? It happens all the time... this sounds crazy, but I think it's a good idea to test your brow makeup under flash photography. I've had to ditch products that looked okay in daylight, but horrible in photos.
What I love: Gaga is still walking the red carpet in costume—but at least it's a more sophisticated, fashionable type of costume these days. I mean, look at her Before & After; there's been a huge progression! What I'd change: I always find contour, when it's concentrated in one spot like that, a bit unsettling... but I know it does add definition from afar.
What I love: Shenae has a new look and I'm not all that into it... but I will say, her hair is great. Beautiful colour and the waves are glorious at that length. What I'd change: I don't even recognize her with all this heavy makeup; it's yet another example of why I have trust issues with makeup artists. Not only is it criminal to cover up 26-year-old skin and its natural freshness—but it's also a really dated, aging application and colour palette. Do not like!!!
What I love: Pamela was there! You know what, I am pleasantly surprised at how good she looks (her signature "style" aside). At age 49, her skin looks in better condition than many of her contemporaries, and her eyes are bright. What I'd change: I really wish she'd go back to short hair, or even that bob cut she had for a hot minute in 2015. Failing that, we could at least address the lip issue (way too goopy and injected) and the false lashes. I feel like her brows are too far gone at this point....
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?