While you might still be coming down from the recent red carpet recaps of the Oscars and Vanity Fair Oscar Party, on the other side of the world a lot of seriously great beauty moments took place during the Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019.
There were a TON of super inspiring beauty looks on the Milan runways and we are literally spoilt for choice. While Max Mara proved that ‘no makeup’ makeup is still having a moment, the bright blue lashings of eyeshadow at Moschino and grungy eyeliner at Versace might convince you to shake things up a bit.
On the hair front, Prada’s low ponytails and braids are all the inspiration you need to keep your hair out of your face this season, while still looking trendy as hell.
Check out our picks for the most outstanding hair and makeup moments from the Milan Fashion Week.
‘No makeup’ makeup
We mean, come on! Have you ever seen a prettier ‘no makeup’ makeup look? Models took to the Max Mara runway showing off radiant, natural-looking skin, giving off the most stunning, effortless vibe. And while the entire look embraces a pared-back, minimalistic approach to beauty, this look still managed to enhance the models’ features with just a touch of mascara, nude lipstick and polished brows. This is all the proof we need that natural-looking makeup shouldn’t just be reserved for an everyday look. If you need some tips on mastering ‘no makeup’ makeup, these are the product essentials you’ll need in your kit.
Similar to the smoky teal eyeshadow look spotted on the recent London Fashion Week runway, Moschino models showed off super bright blue eyeshadow that was brushed all over the lids and up to their brow bone. While blue may be one of the last colours we would think of reaching for on the eyeshadow front, Moschino shows us that it can *actually* look good. Really good. In fact, the hue has been popping up everywhere as of late (just take a look at the entire Oscars red carpet, as well as Margot Robbie’s BAFTAs look). Whether you want to go for something bold and smoky á la Moschino, or opt for something subtle like a pastel blue just on your lids, this is set to be THE colour of the season – so go for it!
Polished, sleek hair seemed to be a popular choice on the Milan runway. Models from Prada had their hair parted down the centre and neatly tied back into smooth, low ponytails and braids, while Fendi opted for slicked-back low ponytails styled with one big finger wave on the side. In an Instagram post, hairstylist Sam McKnight said the Fendi hairstyle was actually an ode to Karl Lagerfeld: “The look at #Fendi was slick perfection, just as I hope Karl would have loved. Thirties waves turned into a river of glossy swirls and twists, a nod to the thirties, tied into a very contemporary natural pony low in the back.” While the runway version may be a bit more intricate, the classic low ponytail is uber quick and simple, not to mention it looks both parts stylish and chic. Come on, we can’t be the only ones excited for the revival of the beloved low pony?! Just don’t tell Ariana Grande.
Versace says barrettes are back in and we’re not about to argue. While we’ve seen the comeback of the classic hair clip in the past couple of months, it looks like barrettes are the latest must-have hair accessory. However, instead of a sleek, polished style that we’re used to, Versace’s hairstylist Guido Palau created an edgy, grungy look by using Redken Dry Shampoo Paste on the layers of hair around the models’ faces, before adding studded barrettes to either side of the head. The look is every bit cool, effortless and sexy.
Crisp, sharp eyeliner was traded in for a slightly more undone and grungy makeup look on the Milan runways, with the likes of Versace, Giorgio Armani and Jill Sander all showing off smudgy cat eyes and waterlines. These eye looks were far from neat – but they actually looked good! They’re almost like that morning-after makeup look – soft, smoky and effortlessly sexy. Consider this is all the evidence you need that eyeliner certainly isn’t going anywhere, the only difference is this season you’ll be applying it in a new way. If you want to copy the look, check out our tips for mastering smudged eyeliner.
Looking for more fresh beauty inspo? Check out the best beauty looks from New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 and London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019.
What do you think of these runway looks? Would you try any of them? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.