You can always trust the Italian runways to bring the best of next season’s beauty trends to life, and Fall/Winter 2019 was no exception. Savoir Flair spotted everything from bleached eyebrows and artsy eyelids to blush overload, inspiring us to switch things up once summer comes to an end. So forget everything you think you know about makeup as Milan Fashion Week just rewrote the rulebook. Take notes.
Bleach Your Brows
It was all dark romance and The Addams Family vibes at Prada, where Guido Palau styled hair into severe central partings and long, pigtail braids. But it was the lack of makeup that caught our attention – the lack of eyebrows, in particular. Only Pat McGrath could inspire us to brave bleached eyebrows.
Or Blur Them Out
Barely-there brows were also seen at Emporio Armani, where Linda Cantello created “a modern take on the powerful women seen in the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka”, combining bright-red lips, warm blush, pale lowlights, and erased eyebrows to create a “fresh, three-dimensional face.”
Brave the Blush
A subtle pop of blush no longer cuts it because your pink hue should be applied on your eyes, down your brow bone, and along your cheeks for the ultimate fierce flush – according to Aigner, at least.
Add Some Frosting
The only way to complement a collection inspired by the northern lights and Arctic ice? With a “crystal gaze”, of course. Snow-capped lashes and Ice Queen stares ruled supreme at Byblos, where – it’s safe to say – there wasn’t a classic black mascara in sight.
Faux Your Freckles
Marco de Vincenzo
Faux freckles aren’t anything new, but Marco de Vincenzo’s sparkly take on them certainly is. Stick-on jewels were placed across cheeks and down noses for a striking, yet simple, effect. It’s officially time to dig out those sticker books.
Cry a (Crystal) River
But for the even braver among us, Gucci’s beauty look is guaranteed to make a statement. Silicone tears were applied under the eyes of a few select models, “telling a story about youth and individuality”. What will makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver think of next?
Swirl Your Curls
Fendi’s glossy finger waves were a sight to behold. Created by hair legend Sam McKnight, they were a celebration of 30s glamour with a cool, modern edge. “The look at Fendi was slick perfection,” he explained. “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.”
Go for (Glamorous) Grunge
Sharply defined eyes and greasy, lived-in locks made for a grungy yet glamorous look at Versace. Translation? Ditch the dry shampoo and reach for your kohl liner to be on-trend next season.
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Make your eyes your new canvas and rock a paint-inspired look à la Francesca Liberatore, where splashes of red and purple were dabbed onto lids for an artistic feel. If there was ever a time to unleash your inner artist, it’s now.
Load on the Liner
Thomas de Kluyver returned backstage, this time using a pot of jet-black gel liner and a thick brush to paint sweeps of black liner across the lids of models at Jil Sander. So, if in doubt, smudge some black across your eyes for a new take on smoky eyes.
If the look at Moschino was any indication, we’ll all be getting our game-show host on next season. With The Price Is Right serving as inspiration, models such as Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk, and Kaia Gerber were 70s glam personified – complete with big, bouffant hair and bold, colored eyes.