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Beauty & Hair Highlights From Haute Couture Fashion Week

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Taylor Marie Hill and Bella Hadid prepare backstage prior to the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Haute Couture Fashion Week is all about the drama, as theatrical beauty and hair plays out amongst the labyrinthine craftsmanship and creative genius of fashion’s finest.

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Glittery lips at the Atelier Versace show.

Here, we have curated the most memorable makeup and hair moments from Paris – beauty maximalism at its very best.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model walks the runway during the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Curly Beehive

In classic Karl fashion, Chanel’s Haute Couture extravaganza was nothing short of fantastical. The Grand Palais housed a mock Chanel Atelier, with models sauntering between sewing machines and sample cuts of cloth – all with gigantic curled beehives. The exaggerated doll-like hair was a standout, and held neatly together with a simple black, bow headband. Hair was pulled tight in a culmination of corkscrew curls that popped up sky-high from the crown. The mane masterstroke.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model,hair detail, walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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A model walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France.
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Smudgy, Silver Eyes

At Armani Prive, lids were lined with metallic silver and smudged with black kohl. The lived-in, next-day eye has been a recurrent trend of late, and was made even more striking with the stone-like silver. A glorious gradient of greys and black made for come-hither eyes to match sexy, boss-lady dressing.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model walks the runway during the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model walks the runway during the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: A model walks the runway during the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Exaggerated Wing

A winged liner imparts a certain classicism, so Dior repurposed that concept and made it exaggerated, in keeping with the theatrical proportions of Haute Couture. Bold, thick and texta-like – chunky lines were drawn all the way around the eye,  fluted outwards in line with the brow and artfully flicked downwards, just before the inner corner; part dramatic mod, part Cleopatra and a whole lot of pow.

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A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France.
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Helmet Braids

With the braid obsession rife, an artistic take on the trend was manifest in Ralph and Russo. A meticulously tight braid was pulled back in the centre, with slicked hair on either side, whilst a single rope was strategically placed across the top of the forehead, reminiscent of a halo.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A model walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)

Glitter Lips

Half of Atelier Versace’s vixens stormed the runway with deep, plum pouts, whilst the other half sparkled under the bright lights with disco red lips. A deep hue of crimson was mixed with iridescent flecks of glitter – disco queen meets va-va-voom as only Versace knows how.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: A model walks the runway during the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: A model walks the runway during the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: A model walks the runway during the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: A model walks the runway during the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: A model walks the runway during the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Written by Chrisanthi Kaliviotis

With her lyrical turn of phrase and penchant for uber-glamour, Chrisanthi Kaliviotis is in her element writing about beauty for The Carousel, while weaving in fun fashion and pop culture references. She also loves a road test, so we send many of the new hair tools that arrive her way (she actually knows how to use them). Have you seen that hair?

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