Backstage Couture Beauty Exclusive With Makeup Artist Beau Nelson!

For our Couture Week Fall 2012 beauty recap, we enlisted the help of master celebrity makeup artist, Beau Nelson, to give us the scoop on this season’s top beauty trends.  From cheeks to lips, see what Beau had to say about the grade-A beauty looks created for some of the top couture shows this season in our exclusive couture beauty recap!

Beau Nelson is a celebrity makeup artist based between New York and LA, and is represented by The Wall Group:

Couture this season was all about individuality. Each designer had a different reference point and idea of beauty. Most collections showed deep colors, a lot of rich blacks and texture was important. This showed itself beauty wise in the skin, we saw everything from glossy dewy, to shimmery to completely matte which is why this season its important for every woman to add a new foundation to their foundation wardrobe, if you typically wear dewy foundation, try something matte, and if you like matte, add some metallic highlighter to the cheekbones for some freshness. Rich bold lipcolors are also important this fall, and with the latest modern textures its easy to find a matte that doesnt dry lips or drag in its application.

Valentino:  This season Valentino focused in on deep navy for the clothes instead of the traditional Valentino red. The perfect accompaniment for the red carpet ready dresses was the stunningly beautiful sculpted nude face. A hint of cream eyeshadow, the thinnest whisper of black liquid liner, and a natural lip are finished with metallic champagne highlighter on all the high points of the face.

Chanel:  At Chanel Peter Phillips created a face based in metallic silvered blues and soft cool pinks to go with the “New Vintage” theme. Phillips was inspired by a drawing by Karl Lagerfeld to inspire the softly blended blue all the way around the eyes, and anchored it with black liner at the base of both top and bottom lashes. Skin was kept satin finish, not too dewy or shimmery. And the blush was applied higher than normal on the cheekbone, almost connecting softly to the eye makeup and the lip was a satin pink with a hint of beige.

Jean Paul Gaultier:  At Gaultier the drama was in full effect. Eyes were rimmed in black liner, topped with black eyeshadow and then covered in gloss just before the girls hit the runway. Lips were defined with red lip liner and coated in red gloss, The skin was kept dewy and fresh with a little contour, and the whole face was anchored with a strong albeit skinny brow.

Georges Chakra:  Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Creative Director Lloyd Simmonds summed up the show by saying  “Its all about Matte skin with a saturated velvet texture lip”. Simmonds started by creating flawless skin with the new YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, and then powdering to create a flawless creamy matte finish. He then applied a satin matte deep crimson lip and contoured under the cheekbones to create depth in the face. Eyes were kept totally nude except for black mascara and brows were lightly filled in to make a perfect shape.

Dior:  Raf Simons debut at the house changed the beauty game at Dior. No more drag inspired looks, but still a lot of bright color. Lips were created with no less than 5 shades of neon, from pink to orange, and then topped with matching powders, and eyes were done with acid colored liners creating a 60s feel made modern.

Versace:  For Donatella’s first Couture show at the Ritz since her brother Gianni died, and the first runway show in years (instead of a presentation) Donatella chose a typical Versace look for her girls. Dark shades of brown and black rimmed the eyes, along with a metallic highligher in the corner of the eye. Soft pink blush, and ultra glossy natural looking lips made the girls look sexy, touchable and glamorous.

See all of the top looks from the Paris runways in our editors’ couture week roundup!

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