Do Italians do it better? It would seem so with the hair and makeup looks we saw at Milan Fashion Week. Major fashion houses like Fendi and Prada chose to make a statement with one punchy accent on the face. But even more conservative looks — like the makeup at Giorgio Armani — had clever, little twists that we loved.
1. The bold liner at Fendi
Liner seemed to be the focal point of the face, painted on in a bold, reverse banana shape. The rest of the makeup was minimal — just sheer foundation and a touch of lip gloss.
2. The sexy bangs at Giorgio Armani
Making a case for a heavy, sideswept fringe were the models at Armani. Theirs were just clip-on bangs, but it's easy to make the snip in real life. We also love the red mascara coating the lashes: subtle and unexpected.
3. The dramatic dots at Isola Marras
Sometimes, less is more. Three dots along the lower lash line and a iridescent, wine coloured lip had surprising gravitas.
4. The brilliant blue eyes at Missoni
Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni created stunning eyes in bold shades of turquoise and saffron yellow. The cream shadow was almost deliberately heavy-handed, while still looking artistic.
5. The dreamy wash of shadow at Anteprima
This was a minimalist's dream — sheer cobalt shadow was dabbed in the inner corners of the eyes. A pop of white eyeshadow in the innermost corner added subtle contrast.
6. The gold lips and wet look bangs at Prada
Trust Prada to showcase painted, gold, lips on an otherwise bare face. The baby bangs peeking out from slicked-back hair worked almost like a straight version of kiss curls. We predict a new trend inspired by this look.
7. The fabulous cropped hair at Moschino
Models walked the runways is gorgeous wigs of tousled, voluminous curls remiscent of French actress Anouk Aimée's glamorous 'do in La Dolce Vita. The retro hairdo and winged liner was certainly a juxtaposition against the pop art style clothes.
8. The sparkly lavender eyeshadow at No.21
What a fresh way to wear the colour purple — smudged under and above the eyes and with just mascara as an accent. We also love the bejewelled headpieces that were worn close to the forehead, for a look that was anything but princess-like.
9. The beautiful glow at Alberta Ferretti
Sometimes all you need is a luminous complexion. The models were modern day Greek goddesses as they sported a mix of textures: iridescence on the skin and lips, a smidgen of beige gold shadow on the eyes and delicate bronzer on the face.
10. The crazy lashes at Marni
Super long, individually-placed lashes on both the upper and lower lashlines gave the eyes an exaggerated, almost anime-like effect that contrasted sharply with the freshly-scubbed skin.