There exists a misconception that fashion month is merely a showcase of stunning garments and impeccable tailoring. And while it is fair to say that exquisite threads are a central focus of each runway show, there remain other essential factors that prove formative in making this industry event into the gravitational force it is today. Everything from set backdrops, show notes, and music plays an integral part in conveying a story, unifying theatricality and craftsmanship that exhibits a designer’s psyche at a moment in time. Tying everything together, of course, is the hair and make-up looks accompanying each ensemble; a key factor that determines the strength of a presentation’s message whilst also wielding an enormous impact on the beauty sphere. After all, many of the biggest trends within the realm were borne straight off the runway—with Paris spring/summer 2024 fashion week being the latest of the crop to incite our interest.
This season, pared-back practicality was punctuated with vibrant, arresting statements—think slicked-back tresses and dewy skin, but paired with surprising detailing. At Dries Van Noten, intricate feathers were spotted fanning out from the edge of peepers. At Victoria Beckham, spiky clumps of lashes stood out against a bare, gleaming visage. Not forgetting the witchy pouts spotted at Dior, of course, where models were sent down the runway with just a hint of black lipstick adorning the inner lip. Jil Sander, too, made a splash with blocky smudges of kohl and mattified lips.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Behold, Vogue Singapore’s full curation of the best beauty details from the spring/summer 2024 shows.
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Sci-fi strips at Fendi
A thin reflective strip adorning the heads of models at Fendi lent a futuristic touch to an otherwise fresh and minimalistic look. Think: Clean girl beauty, 2500CE.
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Witchy pouts at Dior
The soft goth wave is here to stay, if Dior has anything to say about it. Peter Philips, creative and image director for Dior make-up, crafted up a modern bitten pout that employs a deep, pitch-black hue purposefully darkened in the centre so as to up the intensity of this minimalist make-up look.
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Asymmetrical flutters at Victoria Beckham
Manga lashes, reinvented. Instead of short, spiky clusters that frame your orbs, intersperse fluttery long lashes with short, bare ones to make a strong visual statement.
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The '80s redux at Saint Laurent
Smoky eyes, an unapologetically crimson pout and strong contouring paired with a slicked-back crop? This can only mean one thing: Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love and ’80s greed. Rock this look when you’re about to make your power play.
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Glossy peach lids at Prada
Life’s a peach at Prada where creamy orange-hued lids added the perfect amount of pop to faces. But it’s the glossy, high-shine finish that makes this beauty look ultra au courant.
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Taupe times at Valentino
There’s quiet luxury, and then there’s quiet beauty. Get the look with the monotone, taupe-on-taupe hue across the lips, lids, and cheekbones. A cream-based product would also impart a subtle glow in this instance we’re partial to Ritual de Fille’s versatile Inner Glow Creme Pigment Intuition in gray taupe.
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Graphic blocks at Jil Sander
Forego sleek, precise wings for something a little more artful. Models at Jil Sander embodied streetwear sensibilities with chunky liner renditions in audacious hues.
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Feather details at Dries Van Noten
From pearls to diamantés, eye embellishments have certainly had their time in the sun. And with Dries Van Noten, feathers entered the chat, giving a new meaning to ‘winged’ liner.
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Futuristic cat eyes at LaQuan Smith
LaQuan Smith proves that the clever use of negative space and floating lines along the inner eye region is all you need to spice up a conventional cat-eye.
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Asymmetric cut at Junya Watanabe
Parking the statement midnight blue aside, can we talk about the unexpected, edgy crops sported by models at Junya Watanabe? Dupe the look with asymmetric razor-sharp angles for an avant garde spin on the otherwise gamine (but basic) pixie cut.
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White lower lash lines at Giambattista Valli
A luminous complexion acts as the perfect complement to stark white liner and lashes. Giambattista Valli further hammers in on the ethereal effect by keeping the rest of make-up soft and simple.