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Paris Fashion Week Beauty, So Far: Au Naturale

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

This week, the streets of Paris are flooded with dressed-to-the-nines fashion fiends, all enthusiastically posing for photogs while dashing from show to show. Runways are equally exciting, featuring an array of riveting ready-to-wear shows by a host of esteemed houses. In contrast, beauty has been muted to balance out the over-the-top styles on display, with focus on the eyes, brows and lips. Here, I’ve corralled four of my favorite faces to copy this season.


Photo: Digital | GoRunway

Dries Van Noten: Similar to what we saw at Theyskens’ Theory during New York Fashion Week, Dries was all about a nude lip and bushy brows. reveals that lead makeup artist Peter Philips was inspired by iconic 1930s dance duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and kept skin matte to “enhance the sparkles” of the collection’s glitzy adornments. I’d experiment with Jouer’s Essential Eye Clarifier on my eyes and lips to channel this look.



Balenciaga: Alexander Wang’s exciting debut at Balenciaga offered structural statement pieces (check out that crackle paint top) that were complemented by understated beauty. The 29-year-old creative designer brought a fresh perspective to the famed French fashion house by keeping faces clean and simple. Since bright brows were of the essence, take Benefit’s Brow Zings for a spin to replicate.


Photo: Digital | Go Runway

Mugler: Nicola Formichetti’s vision for fall can be described in one three syllable compound word: va-va-voom. The creative director and Lady Gaga favorite dreamed up a collection that was retro, futuristic, and oh-so Parisian. Keeping things simple, the throwback style was complemented by generous coats of mascara and a pretty wash of color on the lips. I love Lancome’s Hypnose Star mascara and Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint for this.


Photo: Digital | Go Runway

Carven: Ah, Carven—also known as my dream wardrobe. The always-on-point French fashion house rolled out a collection of voluminous pastel and neutral numbers that were sophisticated and fun all at once. Save for a pop of pink on the lips (reach for Lipstick Queen’s Chinatown Glossy in Crime), I’d go barefaced to let these dreamy threads shine.

For more fashion week looks, check out all of our coverage from New York’s Fall 2013 shows.

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