When it comes to Couture and the six-figure dresses that saunter down the runways, there’s not much for the fashion enthusiast who didn’t fly to gay, old Paree on a private jet to take away the week aside from inspiration. These fantasy clothes—especially those from innovative houses like Maison Margiela, Iris van Herpen, and Azzedine Aläia (all hail the designer’s return after a six-year hiatus!)—are spun out of dreams…and undoubtedly, lots of time and money.
The great equalizer, however, will always be the imaginative hair, makeup, and nails that the maestros of the beauty world devise behind the scenes. While that breathtaking bridal gown that rounded out the sartorial spectacle at Chanel is well out of the reach for many, that twisted tail or those rainbow eyes are absolutely affordable for those wanting to make a splash on their big day…and can’t ride down the aisle on a Gaultier tricycle like Coco Rocha. And will we ever look at baby’s breath (the epitome of a filler flower) the same after Rodarte’s memorable romp? More traditional trends—like the red lip, bold brow, smoky eye, classic curls, and basic pony—also received a Couture-worthy upgrade this season.
Here, we rounded up the best, budget-friendly beauty lessons from runway so you can look like a million bucks.