In a far departure from the minimalist runways of New York, the catwalks of Paris haven proven to be an unexpected showing of dramatic beauty looks—and a far cry from what you'd typically associate with effortless French girl style. While the final days of Paris Fashion Week returned to more traditional runway beauty trends in the form of clean skin and messy waves, leave it to designer Giambattista Valli, master of all things over-the-top and dramatic, to bring an element of surprise to his retro-inspired Fall 2018 collection, which was showcased at the Palais de Tokyo on Monday.
As models suited up in '70s embellished plaid suits and ruffled floral gowns strutted down the runway wearing their hair slicked down the middle before flowing off into loose, long natural waves created by hairstylist Paul Hanlon, it was acclaimed makeup artist and L'Oreal Paris Global Makeup Director, Val Garland, who truly stole the show. While the majority of models walked out bare faced with fresh, natural skin, Garland—who is known for her adventurous beauty experiments—was responsible for easily the most memorable beauty look of fashion month: show-stopping, multicolored glittered masks with an highlighting effect that would send the Kira Kira app into overdrive. The makeup transformed a handful of models like Nora Attal, Emm Arruda and Londone Myers into nearly unrecognizable glittered goddesses, which of course quickly made the rounds on Instagram.
According to Elle, Varland pulled off the feat by prepping models' faces with M.A.C lip conditioner before coating their faces with fine grade cosmetic glitter, building up with more glitter with a soft brush to create a totally opaque, glitter look. ""It's full-on KiraKira," Garland said. "It's like the glitterati look has taken over, but isn't it really fun and kind of magic?"