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5 Beauty Lessons That Ruled Milan Fashion Week

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MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Models are seen backstage ahead of the Moschino show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 22, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for MOSCHINO)

You know what they say, Italians do it better.

This week saw the Kings and Queens of pasta, pizza and Prosecco dish up equally delectable delights on the runway.

The Italians never shy of being brash and bold, and beauty is no exception. Schooled by the Milanese catwalks, the latest crop of beauty lessons should be taken heed of promptly. We cin cin our Aperol Spritz’s to these five.

Gloss Goes Everywhere

Glaze away was the Milan memo of the day. At Luisa Beccaria it was all about “low-key disco” by way of MAC, with lids glossed up to the max and gobs of scattered glitter. Over at Marni, both lid and lip (and skin) was slicked with shiny, shiny MAC Clear as Glass Studio Eye Gloss, whilst at Ferragamo, eyes were slicked with glassy cellophane orange. Over at Byblos, eyes were diaphanous and acidic; lids were painted with jellybean colour and coated in copious amounts of Eye Gloss; for the stickiest, most saccharine lids, ever.

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Eyes at Byblos. Image via Instagram, @terrybarberonbeauty
Image via Instagram, @pinkiiieee
Image via Instagram, @pinkiiieee
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Gloss at Stella Jean. Image via Instagram, @maccosmetics

The Winged Line is Back

Leave it to the Italians to up the ante in glamour. Beauty wise, the winged liner is back, with some rather colourful interpretations. At Moschino, our own Nicole Thompson turned the models into doll-like sirens, with elaborately glamorous winged eyes reminiscent of the black and white pin-ups of old. The bellas at Dolce and Gabbana were, as always, emphatically ‘Italian’; flawless skin, a classic red lip and a romantically Hollywood winged line care of Pat McGrath. Over at Fendi, a deconstructed, geometric wing played out, whilst at Dellacqua, the winged line was created using MAC blue eyeliner in Bordeaux, then smudged out and glossed up for a distinctly disco take.

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Makeup by Nicole Thompson at Moschino. Image via Instagram, @pinkiiieee
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Image via Instagram, @tompecheux

Coloured Strobing is the New Highlighter

MAC’s Terry Barber has called it: “the glow is about to get a lot more colourful”. Shiny pastels and rainbow strobe was the beauty memo at Marques Almeida, with Barber using MAC’s New Extra Dimension Skinfinishes on the girls highlight points. The strobe is about to get trippy, dude.

Marques Almeida strobing. Image via Instagram, @lesleykeanemac
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Image via Instagram, @terrybarberonbeauty

Plastic Skin is In

Not by way of injectables, but using a clever combo of sheen-inducing makeup like MAC’s Pearl Cream Colour Base and Prep and Prime Oils to create a plastic fantastic finish. Terry Barber led the beauty charge and Nicole Thompson worked her magic fingers at Marco de Vincenzo, culminating in the perfect sauna skin. Over at Versace, Pat McGrath created sheeny skin using a soon-to-be-revealed product from her Pat McGrath Labs. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.

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Makeup by Nicole Thompson. Image via Instagram, @pinkiiieee
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Models at Marni.
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Image via Instagram, @pinkiiieee

The Case For Glitter Remains 

The glittery pouts on Gigi and Bella at Fendi (see: every girl’s Instagram) were painted on by pro Peter Phillips, and such the case for glitter remains resolute. Luisa Beccaria sprinkled glitter across lids, Pat McGrath painted the inner corners of the eye with gleaming silver according to Donatella’s beauty direct, and over at Giamba, even foreheads and ears received some of the fairy dust.

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Bella and Gigi at Fendi.
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Taylor Hill at Versace
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Image via Instagram, @maccosmetics

Written by Chrisanthi Kaliviotis

With her lyrical turn of phrase and penchant for uber-glamour, Chrisanthi Kaliviotis is in her element writing about beauty for The Carousel, while weaving in fun fashion and pop culture references. She also loves a road test, so we send many of the new hair tools that arrive her way (she actually knows how to use them). Have you seen that hair?

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