Couture is the best. After seasons of tasteful, subtle hair and makeup at ready-to-wear runway shows, it's a relief to see completely over-the-top looks for a change, if for no other reason than I don't have to think of synonyms for "glowy" and "natural" to describe them. Designers went all the way with hair and makeup for the fall 2015 couture shows, and it was dreamy and thought-provoking.
There were some trends, too, which I could see taking hold, albeit in civilian — not haute couture — quantities. Blush, missing from the runways for so long, is back in full force. Contouring was also well-represented, and if you buy one new eye shadow for fall, make it a metallic.
Here, the 16 best couture beauty moments worth a closer look.
Pat McGrath set the tone for a very flashy couture week with greenish gold eye shadow that had everyone (OK, me) running out to get some. Hair stylist Guido described the girls as "beautiful nymphs." Cout-chella, anyone?
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux and hair stylist Sam McKnight (and the puppet master, Karl Lagerfeld, of course) always cook up a look for Chanel, and this season they really challenged us. That mini Bump-It bob wig looks slightly alien, and the straight brows, heavy blush and overdrawn lips are telling me in no uncertain terms that makeup is back.
Hot pink matching lips 'n' tips plus the shaggy, mini-mullet Pat Benatar hair = whoa, '80s alert. Hit me with your best shot, Mr. Armani.
Remember what I said about blush? Start stocking up on the rouge, girls — and use it liberally. Also, this proves that seafoam is underrated as a makeup color.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
It looks like JPG translated his signature stripes into the eye makeup. I approve. Also, several different hairstyles appeared, including an always crowd-pleasing hair hat.
MARGIELA, Part 1
Pat McGrath and John Galliano always made makeup magic, and it's nice to see them together again. A faux lace eye mask and peeling paint were very stunning.
MARGIELA, Part 2
But wait, there's more! The tone-on-tone polka dot hair is brilliant, and the makeup on the model at the right almost looks like she has shadows on her body. (Or a flesh-eating disease.)
I'm not sure if this is a lighting issue or if these two looks were intentionally different, but here are textbook examples of contouring and strobing, respectively.
Please note the copious amounts of blush. I also love the messed up lipstick and eye makeup. Why bother trying to be neat? There's no point.
BLUSH. Plus a lot of metallic eye makeup, which is officially a trend for fall. Although, like everything in couture, this is probably a bit over the top.
Peachy ginger highlights seem like a very easy way to work a fun color into your hair that doesn't scream, "Hey, I'm wearing a fun color in my hair!"
On point contouring, but ooh, look at this basket weave! Lovely.
Squared-off, straight eyebrows make everyone look worried and slightly cranky.
Here is another example of gold eyelids, and a rare view of a whole eyelid, in case you're interested in DIY'ing it.
Is this eyeliner as lip liner? It's oddly appealing, and looks easy to replicate.
Here we have more metallic eyelids, which look a bit strobe-y to me. The team finished off the look with a completely impractical hair swoop. But let's be honest, everyone was likely focused on all of the fur.