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EXCLUSIVE: Katy Perry Takes Paris; We Take A Powder With Her Makeup Artist

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Katy Perry arrived at Paris fashion week last week with a bang. A day into the season’s festivities, the blue-haired pop star showed up to Karl Lagerfeld’s Hogan dinner and compared her Balmain minidress to the stylings of a “Vegas hooker,” much to the amusement of the blogosphere, which quickly made the singer PFW’s latest mascot. And Perry has not disappointed her newfound fashion fans; she matched her cobalt hair to a cobalt Viktor & Rolf jacket when she hit the designers’ show on Saturday, thus sending the Twitterverse into a flutter yet again. But the spectacle that will forever surround Perry—and any artist who can lay claim to five #1 singles off a single record—is overshadowing something uncharacteristically subdued: her makeup.

“Katy is evolving,” according to her longtime makeup artist, Jake Bailey. ”I think she’s only begun to tap the surface of all the different looks she’s going to do in her career,” he suggests—a career, it should be noted, that has seen its fair share of beauty incarnations. There was the raven-haired, Bettie Page moment that featured a revolving cast of lip colors and many a row of fake eyelashes, which has been followed most recently by Perry’s adventures in hair dye: Last year saw her experiment with shades of red, blond, pink, and purple before she finally settled on her current shade of Smurfette blue. “When it comes to her music videos and performances, she has more fun than anyone else. That’s her show,” says Bailey. “She likes to be over-the-top, maybe too much at times, but this is fashion week and she is respectful of the designers and she wants to represent,” he explains of his client’s recent foray into a more neutral color palette that has included a focus on smoky eyes and tawny cheeks.

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