There’s nothing traditional about the beauty looks gracing the haute couture runways, quite the opposite in fact, as the fantastical fashion experience calls for equally extraordinary takes on hair and make-up. But that’s exactly what keeps the fantasy alive.

Theatrical brows to romantic hairbands, rock & roll smokey eyes to blushing ballerina looks, fabulous red lips to sculpted-like do’s, spring 2016 brought all that and more to the table. And whether to pin away and lust over, or borrow from and try to fit into real-life, these are the beauty looks you must see.

After the break, 11 breathtaking hair & make-up looks from Haute Couture week.

Natural hair, striking hair accessories: it sounds like a safe bet for the runway but upon witnessing the resulting look mesmerize over at Zuhair Murad, you begin to understand how romance is often hidden in the details, all the more if we’re talking foliage head-crowns:

See more: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Whether it’s the graphic eyes to grab your attention, or the sculptural hair do – that Sam McKnight dubbed as “croissant” – one thing is for certain: everything about the beauty look at Chanel screams of Parisian couture:

See more: Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

And speaking of couture, what could underline the extravagant fashion mood better than a handful of diamond-like appliques, sprinkled over a slick side-part?

See more: Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

In a sea of black liner-meets-nude lips looks walking down the runway at Christian Dior, a fabulous pair of red lips juxtaposed to bare eyes was sure to make an impact, the beauty look as timeless as it is noteworthy:

See more: Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Breathtaking is what Elie Saab does best, dreamlike gowns down to the prettiest of hair and make-up, but it’s the undone waves, metallic headbands and smudged black liner that helped reinvent the princess look, adding plenty of bad-ass to the title:

See more: Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

A blushing ballerina look paid compliment to Ralph & Russo’s mesmerizing couture gowns, and where the pretty-in-pink make-up kept things subtle, the windblown French twist adorned with rose pink ribbon sure made a statement:

See more: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Roman princess, Medusa, or a spellbinding cross between the two? At Valentino, the hair was all things regal, as styled by Guido Palau in a half-up do made of cool twists, knots and braids, and topped of with a jewel-like serpent crown:

See more: Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

At Guo Pei, the beauty for spring 2016 appears to have borrowed from a winter wonderland, porcelain skin and glossy nude lips complementing a pair of ethereal eyes, further accented with a precise line of ice-white eyeshadow:

See more: Guo Pei Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Big disco curls, extreme wings and powerful red lips made for a one-of-a-kind yet rebel beauty look at Jean Pal Gaultier, the inspiration behind it citing “the party girls at the iconic Paris nightclub Le Palace, back in the ’80s”:

See more: Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Match made in heaven: at Versace Atelier, the revealing dresses, the sexy cut-outs and the overall sultry mood couldn’t have asked for a more fitted beauty look than the smouldering smokey eyes created by Pat McGrath:

See more: Versace Atelier Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

Theatrical brows – either in white or black – and doll-like hair, styled in two exaggerated fuzzy pigtails, signed for a dramatic look at Schiaparelli as juxtaposed to delicate couture gowns, the beauty flashback made fierce all over:

See more: Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring 2016.

best beauty haute couture spring 2016

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