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Dries Van Noten

It wasn't hard to grasp the inspiration behind the beauty look at Dries Van Noten yesterday. "There are elements of gold everywhere," makeup artist Peter Philips pointed out of Van Noten's gilded brocades and the similarly lavish trims at the Hôtel de Ville. Rather than play to a collection that was heavy in elaborate prints with an equally intricate makeup look, Philips kept it simple, opting instead to offer "a quiet moment" through clean skin and gold pigments.

Prepping complexions with a light application of Chanel Pro-Lumière foundation, Philips devoted his attention to lids, which were coated up to the crease with a wet application of Chanel's Joues Contraste Blush in Gold, created for the house's much-heralded Paris-Byzance pre-fall show—and should be hitting counters soon. To add dimension and richness, Philips added a smudged-out scrawl of Chanel's forthcoming Ligne Extreme liquid eyeliner in gold around the upper and lower lash lines. Eschewing mascara, as has become de rigueur this season, Philips finished things off with a velvety matte, rose-nude lip.

Hairstylist Paul Hanlon was also after something "super-easy," which meant clean hair washed on site with Bumble and Bumble's Bb Sunday shampoo. Hanlon massaged a small helping of its Bb Prep styling lotion into the scalp, finger-combing it through strands for a slight bit of texture before creating a side part and a low ponytail. "It's such a nice change not to use too much product in the hair," Hanlon said. "It's how a girl would look—not a fantasy world." There was one fantastical element, though. Two days before the show, Van Noten decided that he wanted to bring the gold rings and bracelets from his show into Hanlon's coifs, so he designed custom "hair rings" for the occasion. "They're quite heavy," Hanlon noted of the gold-plated silver accessories, which were placed over rubber bands at the base of each 'do—and may see the light of production, if we're lucky.
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