My favourite thing about fashion weeks around the world is the creativity. Nothing is left to chance. Every detail, every pleat, every lipstick shade, every eye lash is considered. For this reason, the hair and makeup looks are often layered with meaning and inspirations that extend well beyond what’s trending. This Fall/Winter season has been a fantastic one in terms of beauty. We’ve seen technicolour liner at Prada, bourgeois lashes at Lanvin and a wonderful, artistic mashup of glitter and face paints at Marni.

Below, we round up the best the two European cities have to offer so far, from surrealist to subtle. The beauty of dreams, indeed.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model walks the runway during the Maison Margiela show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Pat McGrath paints opposing shades on the colour wheel – lilac and orange – on lashes and lids at Maison Margiela.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Model Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Mugler show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Always a spectacle, Bella Hadid looks ever the lady in raspberry lips and bare eyes at Mugler. Notice the two-toned wrap-around pony tail.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

If I was a rich girl… I’d want to be Bella Hadid on the Lanvin runway in cherry gloss, a cream coat and clumpy, wonderful lashes. Oh, and finger waves.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model, hair detail, walks the runway during the Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 25, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Guido Palau has us dreaming of summer spent in a Dior headscarf and salty, wind-tumbled waves.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model, fashion detail, walks the runway during the Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 25, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

And not to be outdone, Peter Philips took the humble black eyeliner to another level, using it to carve out a different shape on every single model. We’re particularly fond of this tightly-rimmed grungy kohl.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Vittoria Ceretti walks the runway during the Boss fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 23, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro S. D’Aprano/Getty Images)

Italian bella Vittoria Ceretti looked ethereal on the Huge Boss runway with nude skin and just the tiniest whisper of blush.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: A model walks the runway during the Marni fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 21, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A little bit disco, a little bit Picasso, the uninhibited use of colour and glitter at Marni was a true highlight to come out of Milan.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: A model walks the runway during the Marni fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 21, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Versace fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 21, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images )

Versace Versace Versace! Kaia Gerber stomped down the runway with a slick side-part and lots of chunky eyelashes (behind those sunglasses).

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 20: A model, hair detail, walks the runway during the Fendi fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D’Aprano/Getty Images)

Fendi’s tightly coiled updo’s and plush leather upside down headbands were simply divine.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the runway during the Fendi Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

As were the faded blackberry lips.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the runway during the Moschino Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Ahh Moschino! The perfect, saccharine beauty look of our dreams! Sweet lolly lips, pink blush, a royal wing and hair so high, Marie Antoinette would be jealous.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 20: Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Moschino Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 20: Vittoria Ceretti walks the runway during the Max Mara Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sooty black eyes and tiny pirate plaits at Hugo Boss prove you can steer the (beauty) ship in any direction you choose.

MILAN, ITALY “u2013 FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the runway during the Prada Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A gilded Prada headband is the best kind of headband.

MILAN, ITALY – February 20: Headshot during the Prada fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)

And the legendary Pat McGrath blew us all away with her floating, faded rainbow eyeliner.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model walks the runway during the Dries Van Noten show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Lime green and deep wine might seem an unlikely pair, but at Dries Van Noten, anything goes (and thank goodness for that)!

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A model walks the runway during the Dries Van Noten show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

The best of the 80s: sharp red lips, mauve, navy and skin that’s polished to perfection.

thoughts?