Eighties hair and drawn-on eyebrows were just some of the beauty looks spotted on the high fashion catwalks of the Spring 2016 Haute Couture shows in Paris recently.

The event, traditionally the high point of the fashion calendar in terms of sheer creativity, surprised and delighted in equal measure when it came to beauty trends, offering up a mix of the nostalgic, the futuristic and the purely eccentric.

The eyes were definitely the focal point for several of the houses. Versace teamed its sexy collection with a suitably smouldering classic cat eye, while Turkish label Dice Kayek lined the models’ lower lids with kohl before drawing a vertical line, teardrop-style, down towards the cheeks to fit in with its fairytale “Woven Tales” theme.

Chanel, meanwhile, opted for double winged eyeliner to transform its girls into doll-like creatures.

When it came to lips, the overwhelming trend was for nudes or pale pinks. Dior bucked the trend by sending models down the runway sporting classic red hues, but it was Maison Margiela that really embraced the pout, coloring the models’ mouths a glittering black and painting seductive lip prints all over the face and neck.

The 1980s were a huge influence when it came to hair, with Jean Paul Gaultier crafting big, frizzy masses of tight curls for his models. The designer also channelled the New Romantic period with shorn hairstyles coupled with long, sweeping fringes. Schiaparelli also embraced big hair, tightly crimped, back-combed and pinned back off the face for maximum impact, for an effervescent look that was counterbalanced by stern, blocky, painted-on brows.

Meanwhile, Margiela showcased a series of glam rock mullets in vibrant hues, coupled with theatrical makeup worthy of its own stage performance. – AFP Relaxnews