The Must-Have Hair Tool Backstage at Chanel's Spring 2018 Show Was... a Vacuum

Yes, a literal vacuum.
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Yes, a literal vacuum.
The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree

Chanel's Spring 2018 runway show was a plasticized romp through a waterfall — read Tyler's full review here — and that environment lent itself not just to a fun, optically pleasing show, but also one hell of a beauty look. Beneath all of the translucent PVC bucket hats, visors and clear baubles, the models wore low ponytails strung through long perplex tubes, blue eye shadow and glossy, poppy-colored lips. And yes, it was just as playful and cool as it sounds.

The hair at Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: @sammcknight1/Instagram

The hair at Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: @sammcknight1/Instagram

Arguably even more interesting than the look itself is how it was achieved: To get the ponytails into said plastic tubes, it took a bit of backstage MacGyvering by hairstylist Sam McKnight. He used a vacuum — yes, an actual vacuum — to suction and collect all of the hair and pull it through the tube.

"How to fit a large pony into a small perplex tube," McKnight wrote in an Instagram post, where he documented the technique on Binx Walton. It's mesmerizing to watch:

For the makeup look, lead artist Tom Pecheux went bold, playing with color and texture on both the lips and the eyes. He created a smudged-out navy smoky eye, blending the shadow all the way up to the brow bones, which gave off an intense, exaggerated effect that could be seen even from a distance from the runway.

The makeup look from Chanel's Spring 2018 runway. Photo: Imaxtree

The makeup look from Chanel's Spring 2018 runway. Photo: Imaxtree

On the lips, Pecheux chose a red-orange poppy hue with a glossy finish. The wet, shiny texture complemented all that shiny plastic and PVC in the show, not to mention the actual water in the set. 

Yet again, the Spring 2018 season served as a solid reminder of why Chanel is always one of the shows we look to most excitedly for beauty inspiration. Though we can't say we'll be busting out a vacuum at home to try the DIY version of this anytime soon.

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