Huge hair, vibrant peepers and maxed-out shimmer were the beauty takeaways from Paris Fashion Week F/W 2018

This season will go down as one seriously playful take on French-girl beauty.

This season will go down as one seriously playful take on French-girl beauty.

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For every bare-looking face at Paris Fashion Week (and trust us, there are many!) there are makeup artists and hair stylists who are breaking the mold with completely out-there looks — that always manage to retain a chic, stylish appeal. Call it Parisian intuition, but they really get how to balance out the OTT with a sense of laidback insouciance. From teased-out or puffed-out hair to sleek ponytails, and brightly adorned eyes to hits of holographic metallic, this season will go down as one playful take on French-girl beauty.

Big hair, don't care

Break out those back combing skills, y'all! Stylists like Guido Palau and Paul Hanlon were all about elevated locks in Paris. At Miu Miu, Kaia Gerber et al sported Amy Winehouse-style half up/half down bouffants, while at Sonia Rykiel, Hanlon created a softer effect with brushed out curls that still made a major impact. Brushed out curls were also seen at Louis Vuitton, and at Chanel, teased top knots were fastened into place with the house's signature C brooches, that were bejeweled to perfection. At Yohji Yamamoto, the models walked with half teased out strands that stuck out from the right side of their head.

Holographic heaven

If you're going to bring the shimmer, you might at well go full on, non? At Giambattista Valli, makeup artist Val Garland dusted select faces with M.A.C's Glitter in Iridescent White and Pink, by blowing the shimmer completely overtop of the makeup. And Pat McGrath choose a standout holographic lip at Maison Margiela as her pièce de résistance this season.

Gold standard

Hair and makeup both went elemental on the catwalks in Paris. At Thom Browne, strong brows and bare skin were paired with gold spray-painted locks that sat slick to the head, while at Akris, Diane Kendal added gold leaf to a smokey eye, and at Chanel, models had a sweep of gold brushed from the tops of their cheekbones into their hairline. At Commes des Garçon, spray-painted gold wigs were interspersed with leopard print hair, courtesy of hair legend Julien d'Ys.

Hello, vibrant eyes

At Altuzarra, thick cat eyes were pumped up with pops of colour, like lime, blue and purple that swept out at the outer corner of the eye. Over at Dries Van Noten, blue/pink/orange/yellow/green mascara popped up on an otherwise bare face, thanks to makeup artist Peter Philips. For Louis Vuitton, McGrath created racing stripes with shades of blue red and at Kenzo, an aqua smokey eye on model Akiima was a standout.

Strong hold

At Valentino, Palau pulled centre-parted hair into a ponytail, leaving some wisps poking out at the ears, while at Off-White, bare, slightly glossy lips, anchored slick-backed hair that ended in a long ponytail. But the standout pony of the season goes to the dominatrix braids at Alexander McQueen, which were super slick and running down the models' backs.