Hair accessories, arty eyeshadow, warm luminous skin and travel-inspired runways: this week saw the arrival of Milan Fashion Week and the birth of a new set of beauty trends. The message? True decadence is in the details for autumn, so it’s time to get creative.
With this in mind, here are the key moments stood out…
If there’s one thing you should invest in for autumn, it’s hair accessories. In Milan, the phenomenon continued with Gucci, where a selection of models came down the runway with floral combs in their hair. While at Fendi, hair stylist Sam McKnight fitted each model with a ruched leather headband. But it was undeniably Dolce and Gabbana that raised the bar, with Guido Palau creating messy chignons adorned with brooches and pearls.
Whether it was sooty black or dark grey, smudgy liner is on the cards for next season (often teamed with lashings of mascara). The Versace girl had black eyeliner applied all around the waterline, which was slightly smudged downwards by make-up maestro Pat McGrath. And then came Roberto Cavalli, where smudgy black and silver hues were lined under the eyes, to give the appearance of a ‘slept in’ look.
Create your own nail transfers
We learnt a new (and far less fiddly) nail art technique backstage at Giamba that we couldn’t wait to share! Manicurist Keri Blair used a black nail art pen to draw tattoo shapes onto a clear plastic bag and coated them with clear top coat. Leaving them to dry, she then peeled the miniature tattoos off the plastic, placed them on the models nails and secured in place with a final slick of top coat. Yep, really. Nail art has never been easier.
While hair stylist Sam McKnight had his hands on the new Tangle Teezer blow dry brush at MaxMara, we spotted another newbie from MAC backstage at MSGM, but this time it was all about the lips. Matte Liquid Lipstick is on the horizon for autumn, and trialed by the pro hands of Lisa Butler – easily blendable and offering the perfect finish, keep your eyes peeled!
A celebration of motherhood
From face of the brand Bianca Balti and her ready-to-pop baby bump to model Ashleigh Good and her daughter Emily, models at Dolce and Gabbana were sent down the catwalk with their babies, toddlers and children as a tribute to mums everywhere. The soundtrack of choice? Mama by The Spice Girls, naturally.
Beach hair for winter? Yep. We’re talking slightly messy, tousled waves with plenty of texture. Sam McKnight’s product of choice at Roberto Cavalli was L’Oreal Professionel Techni Art Beach Waves, which after lightly scrunching hair, added the perfect finish.
Artistically impressive eye make-up has been rife this fashion month, from ‘dot to dot’ blue shadow at Eudon Choi in London to painterly feathered stripes across the eyes of the Fendi girl in Milan. While at Giamba, Pat McGrath drew inspiration from none other than Cara Delevingne’s tattoos, by doodling a smattering of quirky little shapes over the models’ faces.
We love a glossy finish as much as the next person, but we’re totally gearing up for the matte trend next autumn – there may even be a little treat in your March box to help you on your way! Plump lips showcased 13 hues of new matte lipstick at the Dolce and Gabbana show, while matte nails reigned at both Antonio Marras and Blugirl.
For the Marni girl, Tom Pecheux dabbed nude lipstick onto the cheekbones to help softly contour and define features, while at Pucci, the ever-talented Lisa Butler applied an orange-brown hue to the eyes and cheekbones, in turn enhancing the structure of each models face. Have a look at our guide on easy, natural contouring.
Imagery: Karlie Kloss Instagram, Lindsey Wixson Instagram, Dolce and Gabbana Instagram, Sam McKnight Instagram