The spring 2013 couture shows are over, but the beauty looks really made a lasting impression on us. And probably on the models, too--literally. Makeup artists and hair stylists went a little bit crazy sticking things on them this season.
From crystals in unexpected places (lips!) to metallic leaves in elaborate hairstyles, the couture beauty teams really outdid themselves. Hats and statement jewelry are usually de rigeur at the couture shows, but the beauty really was an accessory this time around.
Click through to see the craftiest and most technically advanced beauty from the spring couture shows.
Graphic Eye Liner:
Pat McGrath used her signature eye liner at both Dior (in black) and Versace (in neon green). To get eyeliner to look really graphic, McGrath's team cuts out the sharp shapes on paper and just sticks them on, no pencil required. Clever.
At the Chanel show, Peter Philips, the brand's creative director of makeup, used the same tulle as the collection's headpieces and glued it around models' eyes, according to Style.com. From far away it looks like the smudgiest, grungiest eye ever, but the closer you get the more exquisite it is.
Pat McGrath and Dior's Raf Simons have a thing for bedazzling, and the results are anything but tacky. McGrath used Swarovski elements on models' eyes for Raf's first Dior RTW show, and she moved them a bit lower for couture season, to the lips. We wouldn't recommend this look for Valentine's Day, but leave it to Pat to do something new.
Crystal Beauty Marks:
While Pat McGrath concentrated her crystals on the mouth, Eric Tibusch (left) and Jean Paul Gaultier (right) put them everywhere else. Most JPG models had crystals at the corner of the inner eye and as a beauty mark. The model pictured here got the full on "Indian princess" treatment from makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds.
Nothing like some gilt foliage to make beautiful hair look even better. Both Zuhair Murad (left) and Giambattista Valli (right) used metallic leaves to great effect. The girls at Murad had head bands nestled into a braided updo, while Valli's girls wore their leaves a bit more vertically, like it was actually growing out of their lovely heads.
Gravity Defying Side Hat:
In an amazing feat of hair styling, this model at Julien Fournier wore her hat totally perpendicular to her head, while balancing a cube on the top. New street style trend in the making?
Bangs, bangs, bangs. They're all anyone can talk about lately thanks to Michelle Obama. Well, here they are couture-style. The models at Yiging Yin had the longest clip-in fringe ever.
Oscar Carvallo's models had shells hanging from the headbands they wore. So ocean-chic, though we suspect they may be a little noisy right next to your ear.
We've seen this technique before, at Zac Posen and Gucci in previous seasons--pieces of hair are lacquered and artfully added onto the model's own hair. Franck Sorbier's team amped it up, covering the whole head with slick pieces.