Following our live stream of the TOMMYNOW Drive Fashion Show, I thought it was about time that I shared with you all my top beauty trends from this season’s shows in Milan. From highlighted brows to the classic cat liner, AW’18 has seen a refreshing combination of ‘quintessential’ and ‘quirky’ grace the runway. So read on for my favourite designer looks from the past week in Milan and find out how you can incorporate them into your own make up looks.
Oh, and if you were unlucky enough to miss our live stream of the TOMMYNOW show then fear not – because you can watch it right here.
Pat McGrath once again put the ‘artist’ in MUA, stunning the Milan runway with her latest Swarovski-studded cat-eye look. The Prada runway collection was a beacon of colour, dramatically enhanced by the use of McGrath’s forthcoming limited edition Mothership Eye Palettes. Swarovski crystals quite literally lit up the catwalk as part of Pat’s masterful work of exaggerated slashes and supercharged shades of yellows, blues and violets. Bright colours (and, of course, Swarovski crystals are certainly something you can work into your make up looks this season and next. Check out my top picks to re-create this look; Huda Electric Obsessions Palette and Gypsy Shrine Face Crystals.
2. ZERO GRAVITY HAIR
After last season’s stunningly intricate braided styles, it was only natural that Jil Sander would up the hair game for AW18 – and this season the hair looks certainly didn’t disappoint, however this time they quite literally defied gravity. The hair, by Eugene Souleiman, was slicked back into a tight braid which either hovered at one side of the head or was suspended directly out at the back of the head creating the illusion that each model was caught in a high velocity tunnel as she took to the runway. A catwalk first, utter genius and (I think) very wearable. Consider reinforcing your conventional plait with a much tighter, and therefore stiffer, braid pinned into place to one side to re-create this designer look.
Like Prada, Marni also showcased a focus on bright colours but with a much softer application, not unlike a watercolour effect. The shadows were lightly buffed into the eye crease for a more mystical look. Paired with illuminated skin and a nude lip, this look effectively portrayed a sense of the natural beauty that comes from colour within the world around us. This watercolour effect is an excellent way to add some colour to your make-up routine – particularly if, like me, you can be a little apprehensive with strong colours on the eyes. Try gently buffing your favourite shade from MAC Pastels Times Nine into your crease line and build up slowly until you achieve your desired effect.
4. CLASSIC CAT FLICK
The cat flick is back and I’m delighted (even though I still haven’t quite mastered it yet). The gorgeous Gigi Hadid showcased this timeless look in the Alberta Ferretti show. Its partnership with a sleek and simple centre-part hairstyle was a picture of two timeless trends. Give Nars Liquid Eyeliner Stylo a try – my top pick for ease of application and dramatically upping your chances of achieving a flick thats on fleek.
5. LESS IS MORE
One of the biggest make-up mantras from Milan this week is, as it says above, less really is more – particularly if you’re aiming for a high fashion look. The likes of Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada all exhibited smokey eyes and bright, bold lips – but never at the same time. For an ultra high-fashion make up look this season and next, pick a focus feature (be it your eyes, lips or brows) and keep the rest of your face as muted as possible. For eyes as bold, or as soft as you like try my holy grail palette, Urban Decay Naked 2. For a beautifully bright lip treat yourself to MAC Matte Lipstick in classic shade ‘Ruby Woo’. Or, if that’s a little too much, give the likes of shade ‘Diva’ a try. Finally, for statement brows, you can always rely on Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Powder and Pencil.
Make of these trends what you will, but ALWAYS make them your own.