MFW SS19: Best Beauty Looks
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The city of Milan is third on the list of the four major fashion weeks, but there's no danger of hair and makeup fatigue happening with big names like Prada, Fendi and Moschino showing here. Makeup and hair tended to veer to the natural with big trends including sunkissed skin — to the point of looking almost sunburnt — and summery hues of pink and red featuring prominently. Braids were also seen in several iterations, from an ultra-long, polished look at Max Mara to a more textured and messy version at Cristiano Burani. Here's our edit of the biggest beauty moments.
2 OUTSTANDING MOMENTS
Looking like kabuki perfomers run amok — or perhaps vestiges of the 'Hungry Ghost' festival — the models at A.F Vandervorst overdosed on translucent power, with makeup artists dusting it all over the eyes, brows and cheeks. The result was artsy, angtsy and probably helped 'set' their faces for the rest of the day. At Antonio Marras, models sported bold, coppery red shadow in a stainy, almost liquid finish. Taking monochromatic makeup to the next level, blush was also in brushed high on the cheekbones in a similar tone, while lips were painted a complementary, matte red brick.
4 BEST HAIRSTYLES
If you love hair that is messy but still chic, Sportmax pretty much got the balance down pat with stringy locks that managed to avoid looking greasy. Note: Don't overdo the product if you want this effect. At Fendi, the topknot got a softer update with wavy tendrils that framed the face — a great option for those who like the style's effortless ease but don't want their entire face fully exposed.
Finally two braided looks caught our eyes. At Max Mara, the plaits had a futuristic spin — a sleek centrepart and leather coil detailing at the top made this braid look both impossibly neat and unflappably chic. At Cristiano Burani, things were distinctively more organic. The crown was left untamed, with messy waves creating lots of touchable texture, while the bottom half was neatly plaited and left unfinished at the end (secure with lots of hair gel).
7 BEST MAKEUP LOOKS
Less was more at Milan, with many houses opting for the barefaced look. Those who dared to experiment were few and far between. We liked the supremely sunkissed look at Alberta Feretti — it instantly recalled languid summer days lounging in cotton dresses and sipping iced tea. Don't be afraid to use more bronzer on the cheeks and even across the nose bridge for that effect.
When colour was used, it could be done sparingly like the washes of green at the inner corners of the eyes at Missoni, or full on like the explosion of cheery pink at Genny on both the eyes and cheeks. A final nod of approval goes to Prada for the update on Twiggy lashes. To achieve this IRL overdose on the mascara on both the upper and lower lashline and draw in a fake lash patter — with soft, brown eye pencil or shadow — to attain that exaggerated effect.
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