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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Make Up Looks: Haute Couture + SAG Awards

Ralph E Russo Maison Margiela via Vogue Runway and Harper's Bazzar // Viola Davis and Brie Larson via PopSugar
The beginning of the year is always so overwhelming for someone like me who is fully engrossed in fashion and pop culture. Earlier this month were the Golden Globes and Men's Fashion Week but Haute Couture Week, Sundance Film Festival and the SAG Awards rounded out this week in particular. Between the runway, street style, red carpet, and television and movies on display at all these events; I switched my focus to the make-up. 

I would not consider myself to be a make-up enthusiast or expert. I don't know the purpose behind baking foundation nor do I have a tight grasp on how to properly contour my face for the appearance of razor-sharp cheekbones. However, I find applying make up to be a very fun and soothing task. It is essentially painting with your face as the canvas. Scroll on to see what looks I loved the most from Haute Couture Week and the SAG Awards and how you can wear them, no glam squad required.

Haute Couture Week often gets lost in the shuffle between Men's Fashion Week and the slow arrival of pre-fall campaigns. This year was especially interesting because Christian Dior has been running without a creative director. Attendees were also witnessing increased security in Paris after the most recent terrorist attacks. Although easily forgotten by fashion-buffs and not, Haute Couture Week works as a predictive showcase for the kind of looks we'll all see plastered on E! News plethora of red carpet coverage.

Haute Couture: Graphic Liner 

L-R: Chanel Haute Couture, Giorgio Armani Prive Couture, and Jean Paul Gaultier Images via Vouge Runway and Harper's Bazaar

As a dedicated winged-liner gal, I love the idea of liner becoming more graphic. The looks from Chanel Haute Couture and Giorgio Armani Prive Couture endorse the idea that crayon eyeliner can be used for other things besides filling in the tightline. Who knew? I don't know how easily this will go for my mono-lid friends but if anything you don't have the issue of drawing inside the lines. (These looks haven't been seen on the most recent red carpets, but I'm sure there will be something like this at the Grammys.) Jean Paul Gaultier suggests ditching sharp eyeliner for an elongated cat wing made with black shadow. Atilier Versace also did something similar with a charcoal smoky eye. 

Haute Couture: Natural Brows + Radiant Skin

Left and Center: Giambattista Valli Right: Christian Dior Images via Vogue Runway
The make up during Haute Couture week is either extremely understated (so the focus is on the clothing) or completely overtop to match the theme of the show. Giambattista Valli and Christian Dior showcased the first option. The looks serve as a reminder that the best thing you can do for a flawless make-up look is to take care of your skin underneath. If you aren't blessed with poreless, evenly pigmented skin,  a little bit of foundation and highlighter can do just the trick. A majority of the designers at Haute Couture Week embraced natural brows (which hopefully signals the end of extremely sculpted eyebrows). So put down the tweezers and fill in what you've got. 

SAG Awards: Keepin' it Natural

Kiernan Shipka, Rooney Mara and Saiorse Ronan Images by Getty Images via PopSugar
The "natural" look was prevalent on the red carpet last night. Again, this is probably because the focus is always meant to be on the couture being worn and the career of the actresses themselves. These ladies looked like they took tips from the Giambattista Valli show. The key to recreating this look is to find the best matte pink or cinnamon brown for your skin tone along with a bomb highlight.

SAG Awards: Metallic Eyes

Alicia Vikander, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba Images by Getty Images via PopSugar
Metallic eyeshadows have always a great go-to look for a night out. Let's all take a cue from Alicia Vikander by embracing as much glitter and sequins as possible.

Award season is by far my favorite season, so I plan on writing about my favorite movies and television shows. Below are some of the products to try to emulate these haute couture and red carpet looks. 

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