Couture Beauty: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Shades of Brown

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2013 Couture show beauty. Smoky makeup and leopard hair

Jean Paul Gaultier, famous for his spectacular catwalks, stayed true to himself to the last detail. The collection celebrating the Woman as Predator was inspired by lioness and cougars, tigresses and cheetahs. The bold animalistic theme was strongly reflected in the hair and makeup.

Gaultier’s longtime partner in crime coiffeur Oldie Gilbert created four equally impressive elaborate styles. “He loves hair,” she said to “What I love about Jean Paul, because I’ve worked with a lot of designers, is that he always wants a certain sense of humor in the hair.”  Tall chignons bedazzled with stone-encrusted details were followed by cone-shaped ones supported by a wiring system Gilbert designed herself. A massively accessorized spin on the classic donut-shaped bun was positioned right above the forehead, while elegant French twists were spray-painted with “cheetah paw print.”

The last one was Gibert’s favorite. The stylist created a similar style for John Galliano’s first couture show at Dior “but in a totally different way.” “For me Jean Paul is like Galliano, he has a vision,” the coiffeur says.

The runway makeup look created by Lloyd Simmonds also followed the fierce theme in earthy tones, referencing Fellini’s smoldering ladies and their love for black eyeliner. The clean, lightly contoured face made the perfect canvass for the strong eye look complemented by peachy-toned lips. Rich shades of brown elongated the eye as far as possible. The cat eye effect was reinforced by onyx pigment place all around the upper and lower lash lines. To balance out the look water line was heavily rimmed with white liner not only helping the eyes appear bigger and brighter, but also ensuring the rest of the colors pop. Thick pairs of falsies completed the makeup.

“He said he wanted the makeup to be very ‘Couture.’ Instead of one shade of brown shadow, there are six shades of brown shadow; you just spend more time,” Simmonds explained to

This fierce beauty look can definitely be worn on a day to day basis. All it takes is a slightly toning it down. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2013 Couture show beauty. Smoky makeup and leopard hair
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2013 Couture show beauty. Smoky makeup and leopard hair

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