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Want French Girl Beauty? Pass the concealer under the eyes


At Paris Fashion Week, dark circles have the right to shine. “I’m all for French beauty – I think there’s a real sexy side to bringing out those gorgeous tones on your eyes,” makeup artist Hannah Murray said backstage at Chloe, where she left the look sullen look from seemingly naked Amber Valetta: No mascara, no curled lashes, no brow stencil and no thick concealer. “Too much concealer changes the shape of your face, you lose dimension,” she says. Dark circles under eyes honesty was a week-long attitude at Loewe, Meryll Rogge, Anne Isabella and even at the Dior show (blessed with Rihanna), where makeup artist Peter Philips skipped concealer under eyes for a carefree look befitting a collection that Maria Grazia Chiuri intended to represent a future era when women would rule the world and create their own beauty codes.

Backstage Dior fall 2022

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Amber Valetta parades at Chloé

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Murray called it “raw, tough, strong” makeup at Chloe. “They have to look cool,” she said of the celebrity cast. Behind the scenes at Les Serres du Parc André Citroën (essentially a huge greenhouse filled with dirt and bare sunlight), it all started with Tata Harper facials, where eye repair cream replaced opaque coverage. “My goal was to amplify the natural beauty of the model,” Harper explained outside, steps away from a giant hot air balloon rising from the nearby park. “For me, healthy skin is the best makeup.” Murray supports this opinion. “There are ways to refresh and bring the face to life with skincare products, without needing to mask it.” The British-born artist recently moved to Paris and says she enjoys “seeing French beauty around me all the time, I’m fascinated by that ease”.

When I meet French-born model Helene Diap, wearing a coveted green and pink plaid overlay at Cool TM’s Galerie Vivienne showroom tonight, she tells me she’s done her own makeup. Designer Thomas Monet is her boyfriend, so it’s been a busy week with little sleep, and Diap is the solo model for the show, not to mention the in-form model for the entire collection. “I literally grab them to wear everyday,” she says of the rainbow of fluffy, shiny, oversized and wonderfully sexless pieces. When I ask her if she skips the concealer too, Diap admits she uses it a bit strategically. “I just try to keep it natural,” she says. “I think it’s not my personality to cover up so much – I accept being tired,” she adds, laughing that letting her dark circles show through is like a sweet social cue to “leave me alone.” Diap expresses emotions through Cool TM’s clothes the same way she wears makeup: “Use whatever you want to express how you feel – if you’re feeling bad or want to be strong,” she said, “You don’t have to be perfect.”

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