There's nothing quite like Couture Fashion Week to indulge our wildest beauty fantasies—because even if the typically avant-garde makeup and hairstyles aren't always applicable to real-life occasions, they sure are fun to look at. (And hey—a handful of them are actually pretty wearable.)
We thus invite you to take a minute (or several) from your Wednesday-afternoon agenda to join us on a virtual trip to Paris. From rainbow-colored eye shadow to gilded hair, there are no rules to be found here, just endless inspiration.
See our favorite beauty looks from the fall 2017 haute couture collections below.
So you aren't inclined to try out those abstract lashes IRL? That's fair. But it's worth noting that the smudged smoky eye beneath is mistake-proof and oh so sexy.
Red eye shadow is a trend that just won't quit—we first spotted it back in fall 2015. But that's probably because it's deceptively flattering and makes a statement without veering over the top. Follow the lead of the makeup artists at Xuan by opting for a creamy wash of color on your lids (lipstick is great for this, by the way), and keep the rest of your face relatively bare.
From her gilded hair to her oversize lip ring, Bella Hadid was almost unrecognizable at Maison Margiela—and that could only be the handiwork of makeup goddess Pat McGrath and legendary hairstylist Eugene Souleiman. Want to make this look work off the runway? Skip the hair paint and the headgear; keep the contoured lip and luminescent skin.
Barely there makeup and windblown, romantic hair: We know it's technically for fall, but we'll be borrowing this aesthetic all summer long.
It's not for the faint of heart, but we'll just say it anyway: This impressionist eye shadow masterpiece would look so cool with a T-shirt and jeans.
Nineties greige? It's baa-aaack. And when paired with a sleek updo, it feels positively modern.
Leave it to Rodarte to give the flower crown a new lease on life. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert used Bumble and Bumble's Does It All Hairspray ($29) to give each model light hold and romantic texture.
We're loving the slightly messy quality of this makeup look—it's frankly a relief because creased eye shadow and worn-out lipstick are just inevitabilities for us mere mortals. But we'd also be remiss to ignore the shock of gold lining this sleek updo—steal that idea for your next music festival.
During a week that's heavy on all things overstated, some of the most standout looks offer stunning restraint. Case in point: this simple yet gorgeous cat eye, which complements the equally classic low bun just perfectly.
Next up, see what happened when our editor swapped her entire beauty routine for Trader Joe's products.