The Haute Couture shows in Paris are the equivalent of one big (and very French) playground for hair and makeup artists. Whereas the ready-to-wear runways are fairly tame these days (no-makeup makeup and undone hair are the names of the game), the couture shows allow beauty pros an opportunity to break out all the glitter and color and craft supplies they can find. And backstage at Spring Couture 2018 was no different. Hairstylists braided the hair in intricate shapes or topped simple ponytails with extravagant accessories, while the makeup artists went above and beyond with artsy liner, bold lip colors, and a hell of a lot of blush. (Plus, we finally got to see Pat McGrath’s new lipstick line make its runway debut.) All in all, when it came to beauty, Couture Spring 2018 was a great success — and the proof is in the hair and makeup highlights below.