Maison Margiela's Spring 2018 Couture Beauty Look Was a Futuristic Glitter Explosion

Pat McGrath did it again.
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A closeup of one of the beauty looks from the Spring 2018 Maison Margiela couture show. Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

A closeup of one of the beauty looks from the Spring 2018 Maison Margiela couture show. Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

John Galliano debuted his Spring 2018 Maison Margiela couture collection on Wednesday in Paris, and it was a dazzling display of sporty, avant-garde futurism. The Margiela runways also often serve as a platform for some of the most innovative and inspired beauty looks in fashion, thanks to the dream team of hairstylist Eugene Soueliman and makeup artist Pat McGrath, who routinely come up with otherworldly, multimedia adornments.

Wednesday's show was no exception. The runway was a riot of reflective textures and sparkling finishes — attendees were encouraged to snap flash photos with their phones to enhance the effects — and that translated to the hair and makeup looks, as well as the accessories that comprised them.

While Margiela models are often sent down the runway with unique beauty looks, rather than the uniform hair and makeup we see at other shows, we never know quite what to expect from Mother McGrath. But it's always safe to bet that her skill, creativity and ingenuity will be present in full force. For the Spring 2018 show, the undisputed standout look was the eye-catching silver one shown above, which McGrath referred to in her Instagram caption as "a decadent future" — a nod to her recently-launched Decadence Eye Palette.

Metallic appliqués outlined the jaw and created a textural effect on the lips, while chrome glitter created graphic contours on the face and around the eyes. 

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

While most models did not receive this same explosion-of-shine treatment, the reflective chrome lips appeared throughout in a variety of different shades, including oil-slick and copper and gun metal.

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

While he is technically a hairstylist, Souleiman's responsibilities for the Margiela runway seem to always extend far beyond that, into art and sculpture. 

Photo: @eugenesouleiman/Instagram

Photo: @eugenesouleiman/Instagram

This time, models were bedecked in an array of headpieces, hats and wigs with helmet-y silhouettes, bright flashes of color and unexpected materials.

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

Photo: @maisonmargiela/Instagram

It's not often that the designer labels themselves address the hair or makeup when discussing or promoting the show publicly in its immediate aftermath. But McGrath and Souleiman's handiwork was hard to ignore. Margiela's official Instagram account posted a close-up shot to its feed soon after the show, noting in its caption that the collection "reaches new dimensions" thanks to the artful approach to the beauty looks. No disagreements here.

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