Those Givenchy Crystal Face Masks Took 12 Hours to Apply

Behold the makeup mask, courtesy of makeup genius Pat McGrath at Givenchy.
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Behold the makeup mask, courtesy of makeup genius Pat McGrath at Givenchy.

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Makeup artist and visionary Pat McGrath has a love affair with all things sparkly--we've seen her creative use of crystals, color, and embellishment on runway models season after season. She constantly challenges the notion of runway beauty, and is always inspirational and directional. But this season she totally outdid herself. Remember those crystal eyes and lips she did for Dior a few seasons ago? That's nothing compared to what she created for Givenchy this season: Behold the makeup mask.

About a quarter of the models went through a transformation involving crystals, sequins, and netting. According to Vogue Paris, it took 12 hours to create the looks. McGrath herself Instagrammed (with a lot of hashtags) that it took "40 pairs of hands."

Riccardo Tisci was inspired by Japanese and African elements for the spring collection, and the faux masks reflect that—they're a sort of Kabuki-tribal mash-up. There's something really eerie about the look, and I'm sorely tempted to try it for Halloween, though it might scare my entire family.

The biggest question on my mind, though, was: How did the models get it all off their faces? Lais Ribeiro posted an Instagram video about the process: "After 5 hours doing makeup, look how easily came out."

Click through for the video and a closer look at all the crystal Givenchy "masks."

Photos: Imaxtree