All The Best Hair and Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week FW20

Beauty inspiration from Dior, Valentino and Dries Van Noten.

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Paris Fashion Week is officially over, marking the end of an eventful Fashion Month. Throughout the week, labels including Dior, Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent have shown standout Fall/Winter 2020 collections complemented by hair and makeup looks that we can’t wait to try out this coming season.

Dior Makeup Image Director Peter Philips reminded us of the impact simple black eyeliner can have and at Dries Van Noten, Sam McKnight mimicked grown-out roots with bright feathers applied to models’ parts. Isamaya Ffrench‘s artfully smudged lipstick for Junya Watanabe translated the label’s punk FW20 collection while Pat McGrath brought her expertise to Valentino, Miu Miu and more.

Keep reading for more of our favorite hair and makeup trends from Paris Fashion Week FW20. In case you missed it, check out our roundup of beauty trends from Milan Fashion Week FW20.

Alexander McQueen

Hairstylist Guido Palau wrapped models’ updos with streaks of bright red, a statement that shone with Lucia Pieroni‘s clean faces accented with fluffy, filled-in brows.


Pat McGrath, fondly referred to as “Mother Makeup,” created smudgy, wine-stained lips paired with subtle brown eyeshadow blended out at the upper and lower lash line. Models’ faces were kept clean, sans bronzer or blush. Palau created precise middle parts pulled into casual chignons at the nape of the neck.


Peter Philips used Diorshow black liquid and pencil eyeliner to create varying looks according to each model’s personality. Some sported entirely kohl-lined eyes for an intense, ’60s-inspired look and others were done up with graphic winged eyeliner. Palau kept hair natural, opting to accessorize some models with Oblique-printed scarves wrapped around the head.

Dries Van Noten

Complementing Sam McKnight’s feathered hairdos, makeup artist Inge Grognard swathed eyes in watercolor-like strokes of shadow in chartreuse, pink and blue hues at Dries Van Noten. Lips were concealed and re-drawn with dainty, pointed cupids bows in matte eggplant, berry and red.

Giambattista Valli

Isamaya Ffrench matched the opulence of Giambattista Valli’s latest by circling models’ eyes with Swarovski gemstones. Balancing out Ffrench’s statement eyes, complexions and lips were kept clean. Paul Hanlon hair adorned pulled-back hair with floppy bow headbands and crystal flower-shaped barettes.

Guy Laroche

Known for his theatrical makeup looks, Kabuki turned up the volume at Guy Laroche with thick winged eyeliner in gold. Instead of a traditional cat-eye, he opted applied gold to the entire upper lid, tapering it into a sharp point beneath the brown.

Haider Ackermann

Lynsey Alexander‘s bleached brows and ghostly, chiseled faces created a dramatic effect that packed a punch when paired with Haider Ackermann’s expert tailoring. Hairstylist Duffy sculpted hair into towering, dome-shaped updos accented with spiky bangs.

Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe’s FW20 collection was a love letter to Blondie singer Debbie Harry, a beauty icon in-and-of herself. Ffrench captured Harry’s attitude with bold brows, perfectly imperfect smudged red lipstick and smokey black eye makeup. Eugene Souleiman pushed the envelope further with messy, bleach blonde birds nest hair.


Dramatic spider lashes were on full display at Lanvin. The handiwork of Diane Kendal, spiky black lashes were paired with glossy lips and sculptural, wavy tresses by Hanlon, who also helmed hair at Giambattista Valli.

Maison Margiela

McGrath, one of Creative Director John Galliano‘s longtime collaborators, used her brand’s new Sublime Perfection Concealer for a flawless face at Maison Margiela punctuated by graphic strokes of black, lavender and light blue eyeshadow above the lid. Others flaunted orange-painted eyebrows that blended into purple shadow around the brow bone. Most models wore hats and veils, but on those un-accessorized, Souleiman created slicked-down middle parts, pulled back to reveal sharp sideburns.

Miu Miu

McGrath used liquid eyeliner to create bold cat eyes that trailed into drawn out points. Some models, like opener Storm Reid, walked the runway in classic black cat eyes while others sported colorful eyeshadow in green, peach and blue blended up to the brow bone. Palau created stiff finger waves at the crown of the head that softened into sleek, gently-curled tresses.

Saint Laurent

Tom Pecheux ensured Anthony Vaccarello‘s new Saint Laurent latex-laden collection didn’t verge into costume territory by creating fresh, blush-free complexions, accented with fluffy brows and a classic red lip. Duffy, also responsible for the sculptural updos at Haider Ackermann, created sleek ponytails and blunt, chin-grazing bobs that exuded effortless French girl glam.


McGrath clearly reigned supreme this Paris Fashion Week. The makeup artist teamed up again with Palau at Valentino, where the duo created jewel-dotted eyes and shiny, side-swooped hair.

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