Barcelona fashion week 2018 dates

Barcelona fashion week 2018 dates

Published: 22:40 BST, 25 January 2018 | Updated: 22:40 BST, 25 January 2018

Unlike many ready-to-wear shows during Fashion Week where no-make-up make-up reigns supreme, the beauty looks seen on the haute couture runways are almost always eye-catching.

The spring 2018 couture shows, which wrapped in Paris today, were no exception.

Below, we highlight the most jaw-dropping hair and make-up moments - from the straight-up all-over prettiness at Chanel and dramatically bold eyeliner at Dior to the futuristic glitter at Maison Margiela and insane hair sculptures at Guo Pei.


Pretty in pink: Models, including Kaia Gerber (left), 16, wore flower-topped veils and watermelon lipstick at the Chanel spring 2018 couture show

Now you see it: Hairstylist Sam McKnight wrapped a thin black ribbon around the hair elastics he used to secure the models' low ponytails

It's hard to call the floral-topped veils and watermelon lips on the models at the Chanel spring haute couture show anything but pretty.

The beauty look mirrored the clothing, which featured sculptural pieces embellished with feathers, tulle and hand-painted, transparent flowers. The head-to-toe result worked perfectly in the Grand Palais venue that Karl Lagerfeld designed to 'evoke a formal French garden'.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight crafted simple, center-parted, low ponytails on the models. He used Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist from his eponymous haircare line for a soft, romantic texture and disguised hair elastics with a thin black ribbon.

Each model was then given a veil adorned with a large floral arrangement that sat on top of the head. Some of the veils were made of tulle that was embellished with crystals while others were made of intricate lace.

Pretty pops of pink peeked out from under the veils on models' cheeks, lips and eyes, courtesy of make-up lead Tom Pecheux.

Without the veil, so much pink might be a bit much for everyday, but we'll be swiping on Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Renouveau on its own immediately in the hopes of replicating the glossy, fuchsia lip.


Are those real? Make-up artist Peter Philips drew over-exaggerated 'lashes' on models like Lineisy Montero (pictured), 21, at the Christian Dior couture show

Eye-spy: Other models wore masks and veils that complemented the eye make-up

While the Chanel show was a case study in pretty hair and make-up, the Christian Dior runway was a lesson in bold beauty.

At the Musée Rodin, Dior Beauty creative director Peter Philips gave models a unique black eyeliner look. 

'I created a graphic projection of the eyelashes by over-exaggerating them in the extreme,' he said. 'Long, precise lashes were drawn onto the upper and lower eyelids, framing the eyes and stretching exaggeratedly towards the temples.' 

Several of the models also wore surrealist-inspired masks or veils by milliner Stephen Jones.


Mouth off: For the Maison Margiela couture show, make-up artist Pat McGrath affixed metallic appliques that looked holographic in the light to models' lips

Heads up: Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman put his own futuristic spin on the models with glitter helmet-like caps

Make-up legend Pat McGrath and hair genius Eugene Souleiman are known to create other-wordly beauty looks for the Maison Margiela couture show.

This season, Pat painted one of the model's faces with lightning bolt-like streaks of silver glitter and applied a holographic, metallic material around the jawline, chin and lips. She called the look 'a decadent future' on her Instagram account, which is most likely a reference to her newly launched Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette in Decadence.

Other models were given a heavy dose of glitter and the same 3-D holographic treatment around the eyes and on the lips.

In a show of more is more, Eugene went just as far out there with the hair as Pat went with the make-up, giving some models' heads glittering helmet-like toppers featuring black fringe. 


Hair art: On the Guo Pei couture runway, hair was transformed into circular sculptures

More is more! Make-up artist Debbie Finnegan painted swaths of blue, gold and silver glitter across models' eyes in varying intensities

Nailed it: Even the models' manicures were next-level, featuring out-to-there talons

Chinese designer Guo Pei dubbed her spring 2018 collection Elysium, which according to one definition means 'any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise'.

The definition perfectly describes the visual feast that Guo sent down the runway.

Models wore a variety of gold, blue and white floral-inspired, architectural dresses, each intricately embellished with beads, crystals and appliques.

Stephen Low gave some models circular, gravity-defying hair sculptures that he then tucked more gold accessories into, and he topped other models' romantic 'dos with crowns and headbands resembling chandeliers.

On the face, make-up artist Debbie Finnegan painted swaths of blue, gold and silver glitter across models' eyes in varying intensities.

Even the nails were over-the-top, with talons extending out so far they veered into record-setting territory.  

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