"When I think of the Forties, I think of ultimate glamour and strength," said makeup artist Pat McGrath, who made up models with "a dark, winged eye, dark red lip and perfectly groomed skin."
Hairstylist Orlando Pita rolled models' hair with curling irons, let it set, then brushed it out a bit in a side part.
Over at Christian Lacroix, hairstylist Odile Gilbert created a look she described as "a cross between a fairy tale and a Manga."
Models' hair was partially crimped, then tied into numerous ponytails, some of which were looped about and clipped onto heads. Feathers and faux-jeweled barrettes were added next to give a further magical flair.
Makeup artist Stephane Marais said he drew inspiration for the look he developed for the show from Christian Lacroix's own sketches, where models' eyes are something like smudges.
For Marais, the focus was peepers, on which he used black pencil and grey coloring.
"The eyes are both delicate and sharp," he said.
Models' lips at Lacroix were painted rosy beige.
To view more looks from backstage at Valentino and Lacroix, click here.