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Wigs and White Face Paint Made Up the Zany Beauty Look at Maison Margiela's Spring 2019 'Artisanal' Show

There was a lot going on, even by Margiela standards.
A look from the Maison Margiela Spring 2019 'Artisanal' show. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

A look from the Maison Margiela Spring 2019 'Artisanal' show. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

If there's one thing we can rely on the Maison Margiela runway to deliver, season after season, it is pure, unbridled zaniness; it's fashion for art's sake. For the label's Spring 2019 'Artisanal' show, presented in Paris on Wednesday during Couture Week, Creative Director John Galliano held true to form, putting out a wild collection brimming with primary colors, bold prints, plush textures and a general feeling of hodgepodge. 

In keeping with that theme, there was a lot going on with the hair and makeup on the runway — even by Marigela standards. The beauty look hinged largely on wigs and accessories, which according to the show notes were "hand-molded by sculptors and crafted by industrial packaging specialists." The hats and headpieces were intended to "conjure images of judges' wigs," while the actual wigs served plenty of punk vibes and general off-kilter weirdness.

Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman melded punk with grunge, in some cases loading models' hair up with product for a greasy, wet effect, and then strategically placing it across their faces. Flashes of neon appeared throughout the wigs, as did random tufts and intentional cowlicks, which peeked out beneath the artful headpieces.

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Pat McGrath, who often uses the Margiela runway to flex her most creative makeup muscles, dreamed up a series of looks that were actually somewhat subdued when compared with the oil-slicked, glitter-flecked, multimedia experiments of seasons past. But there was still plenty of boundary pushing at play: McGrath created the effect of crude eye masks on many of the models, drawing thick stripes of matte white pigment across their eyes, from temple to temple. Still others wore magenta lip color, topped with a high-shine, wet-finish gloss for maximum impact. Otherworldly glowing skin was also a clear priority for the makeup artist — it's her signature, after all — and so various highlighters (courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs) were also in heavy rotation backstage.

Click through the gallery below for a closer look at some of the hair and makeup from the Margiela runway.

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