You're Going to Want to Copy the Half-Up Ponytails From Chanel's Spring Runway Immediately

At least, we definitely do.
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Kaia Gerber backstage at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

Kaia Gerber backstage at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

Karl Lagerfeld — as he is wont to do — put on quite the spectacular show to present his Spring 2019 collection for Chanel on Tuesday in Paris, this time around creating his own beach, lightly lapping waves and sand included. With all of that going on, it would certainly have been excusable if the beauty look for the show was more subdued and possibly less memorable. But we're talking about Chanel here, so of course the hair and makeup were plenty impactful enough all on their own.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight, who seems to have a truly limitless passion for his job and find constant delight in the backstage setting, created a variety of looks for the show, sharing a few of them on Instagram. The most common style was a half-up ponytail adorned with a simple black ribbon (as seen on Kaia Gerber above). With a slightly mussed texture and a few loose tendrils hanging around the face (but not in an early-2000s way), it's a perfectly undone, un-prissy interpretation of the style. We're already plotting out how to copy it for ourselves, ASAP. 

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

Other models, however, wore multi-braided ponytails topped with gem-encrusted Chanel barrettes, while some simply wore their hair down in loose, beachy waves (some of which were topped with straw hats on the runway). Every single option was a major upgrade from what most of us normally wear to the beach, to say the least.

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: Benoît Peverlli/Chanel

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: Benoît Peverlli/Chanel

As for makeup, Chanel's Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer Lucia Pica went for a happy, girlish pairing of matte fuchsia lips — courtesy of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in N. 72 Infrarose — and doll-like lashes with plenty of black mascara. To lend contrast and ground the look a bit, she and her team also groomed the brows and created a super-subtle smoky-eye effect using neutral tones.

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: Benoît Peverlli/Chanel

The beauty look at Chanel's Spring 2019 show. Photo: Benoît Peverlli/Chanel

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