If New York Fashion Week is the place to look for upcoming beauty trends that will easily translate into real life, Paris is the place to indulge in the high fashion fantasy. It’s where hair and makeup legends like Pat McGrath and Luigi Murenu can whip up wondrous looks, experiment with new materials, and turn models into walking works of art. Our favorite looks from the City of Lights, above.
Fairy Tale Beauty Reigns Supreme at Paris Fashion Week
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After years of braids, Guido Palau built beautifully tiered ponytails at Valentino.
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So many makeup artists have championed the idea of “one graphic element” against a bare face this season—it was brilliantly executed by Peter Philips at Dries Van Noten.
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Stella McCartney’s models always boast the freshest faces, thanks to an intensive backstage skincare routine. Instead of color, McGrath used brown mascara on the models.
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The makeup at Miu Miu mirrored the pastel colors of the clothes—yellow eyeshadow and purple lips!
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Murenu wove double braids together while McGrath taped the models’ faces for a slight lift at Givenchy. Bleached brows completed the almost alien-like look.
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Depending on the color of the model’s outfit at Chanel, she got feline flicks of neon orange, pink, blue, or green. As for those ponytails, Sam McKnight built something akin to fancy dreadlocks with braids, leftover pieces of Chanel tweed, and even pearls!
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Like big lashes? You’ll love the feathered situation McGrath created at Alexander McQueen.
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Designer Nicolas Ghesquière debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris yesterday, where his own cool factor influenced the laissez-faire hair and makeup.
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Diane Kendal painted models’ eyelids lilac with M.A.C.’s Eye Shadow ($15) in Beautiful Iris.
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Aaron de Mey wanted Yves Klein blue liner to stand out on the dark runway at Kenzo, so he used M.A.C’s Chromaline ($19) in Marine Ultra.
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We told you gym hair was having a moment—at Celine, models wore slicked-back knots twisted at the nape of the neck.
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McGrath painted smoky cat eyes in shades of pink and purple at Nina Ricci.
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The word ‘ballerina’ was used quite frequently throughout fashion month. At Lanvin, Palau roughed her up by tying the hair into wet, slightly messy, knots.
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McGrath pressed glitter into liquid latex at Dior—the models just peeled them off right after!