Whoever said couture is dead, is mental. Ever since those controversial words were uttered a few years ago, couture has never been more covetable- from Galliano’s flower girls in 2010 to Riccardo Tisci’s model line-ups of Asian Swans and canine-wielding tough girls.
As both Galliano and Tisci have been absent this season, all eyes turned to Raf Simons (the new head of Dior) and Karl Lagerfeld (if in doubt turn to Chanel).
Lips – Dior
Raf Simons, the current champion of evolution, developed the bright gem-lined eyes of summer’s Ready-to-Wear show, fittingly opting for jewel-encrusted lips in an array of vibrant pinks and reds for this season’s couture.
Models faces were primed and pared back, aside from an eyeliner flick, allowing lips to take centre stage.
The look is easily achievable with a moisturising lipstick (it is still winter after all and chapped gemmed lips are never a good look!), rhinestones and a steady hand.
Laura Mercier’s Creme Lip Colour in Sienna is my current fave, but Dior and Lancome also offer great reds.
Infused with olive oil and Vitamin E, Mercier’s creme lipstick lives up to its name, gliding on and leaving a velvety finish. The case makes you feel like a woman who means business and the shade is to die.
Laura Mercier, Creme Smooth Lip Colour, £20, Available at SpaceNK
It would be madness to bang on about Dior without including one of their lippies, and as luck would have it Rouge Dior, the house’s newest, is inspired by the Couture shows themselves.
Available in 32 shades and boasting plumping hyaluronic-acid microspheres, it promises the punchiest of pigments.
Available at House of Fraser, £25.
Lancome’s Absolu Rouge BX, sounds very high-tech, but that’s because of the special skincare molecule in it formulated to guarantee 8-hour hydration.
Priced £21; Available at Harvey Nichols
The best way to apply the rhinestones is with a tweezer and preferably a friend with a steady hand; keep in place with clear lash glue, available at MAC for £10.
Lids – Chanel
Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for Chanel was a romantic take on the smokey eye, enhanced with strategically snipped lace snippets giving the illusion of feathers.
Though the lace lashes may require a make-up artist, the smokey look with multi flicks is easy to do.
First start by applying kohl eyeliner to the top and bottom lashes; the heavier the better.
Then sweep a granite, or black (depending on your skin-tone) metallic creme eyeshadow over the eyelids. I like to sweep a matte powder eyeshadow on top, just to set the creme and enhance the pigment. Luckily, this look isn’t about perfection so feel free to be liberal in application.
Backstage make-up artists used Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, the house’s newest shadow, enhanced with platinum to provide an iridescent finish.
Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Mirifique.
Available at House of Fraser, priced £23.
Givenchy’s L’ombre Noir, is the perfect multi-tasking product. Thanks to its wax formula the inky black shade can be used wet or dry. When wet it doubles as an eyeliner as well as a sheeny shadow; dry- the finish is more matte and opaque.
The brushes provided ensure that Chanel’s butterfly smokey eye can be completed all with one handy, and rather sexy, compact.
Givenchy L’Ombre Noir Multi-shadow for eyes-wet & dry.
Available at Harrods, £34.
Bourjois’ little round pots are the frugal girl’s answer to Chanel Ombre.
Composed of 87% mineral pigments, the super intense shadow boasts a 16-hour-hold.
Priced at £6.49 this is a steal. Available at Boots.
To finish the look, line the lash-line as usual with a liquid, or gel, black eyeliner and if you’re feeling brave go for multiple flicks to create the feather effect.
Much like the kohl pencil eyeliner Smoulder, MAC’s Penultimate Liner has gathered quite the following. I’m not generally a fan of the felt-tip pen liner, but the word on the street is that this really is the ultimate liner.
The fine tip provides precise and easy application, whilst the carbon black shade is rich in pigment.
M.A.C Penultimate Eye Liner, £16 at Selfridges.
Bobbi Brown’s Long-wear Gel Eyeliner, is currently considered the world’s greatest.
I introduced a friend to it a few years ago, and not only does she still have it (no idea how she managed that!) but she swears by it.
Long-lasting and water-resistant, it manages to combine the look of a liquid with the feel of a gel liner.
The brush (£22) is as much of a must as the liner itself so if you’re not quite flush enough, I’d wait until you can get the full package; it’ll be worth it, and if you’re lucky enough, last disturbingly long.
Bobbi Brown, Long-wear Gel Eyeliner. Available at John Lewis, £15.30