FACE TIME

The fall season offered a veritable beauty buffet, as a wide range of trends showed up on the runways. Here, some ideas worth noting.

Lashing Out: Mascara was given a mini-boycott backstage as it was skipped at no less than a dozen shows. However, most makeup artists passed along this advice: “Don’t try this at home.”

Cut-ups: With his hyper-vivid imagination, Eugene Souleiman went psycho with the scissors, cutting asymmetrical lengths into the glued-on hairpieces at Hussein Chalayan, and performed an encore with slanted bangs at Viktor & Rolf. Orlando Pita’s messy, matted sets at Yohji Yamamoto were reminiscent of childhood hair.

Here’s Mud in Your Eye: Well, at least your face. Fortunately, the muddied faces (albeit theatrical mud) made only one appearance, at Yohji Yamamoto, and that was one too many.

Reflections: Luminizers were used discreetly, so they gave cheekbones a structured boost at Chloe, Balmain and Cacharel.

Hair Alert: Hair was rarely let down this season (the exceptions were Valentino, Chanel and Chloe). Orlando Pita playfully twisted at Celine, then teased the heck out of his rockabilly twists at Yves Saint Laurent; Peter Gray did Botticelli-inspired loose buns at Emanuel Ungaro, and Guido Paulo hit the trifecta at Alexander McQueen with three gravity-defying ponies gracing each head.

Lip Service: Lips were definitely pushed to the background, left with nothing but balm to keep them company at many shows, including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. But the monotony was relieved when scarlet managed to make a quick appearance, and was so beautifully executed at Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Christian Dior and John Galliano. Too bad we didn’t see it on more mouths.

Hair Accessory of the Week: Whether it’s the way those chains swished through the hair as they dangled from their combs, or simply because they were the only hair accessory we saw all week, Chanel won hands down.

Heavy Metals: Valentino was a real gold-digger this fall season, lavishing his models with touches of the precious metal from head to toe, from shiny gold eye shadow to his high-heeled boots. And the silver-mask eyes at Alexander McQueen were an ode to Kiss’ Gene Simmons.

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