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Milan Fashion Week Beauty Trends

Thursday 27 February 2014
Words Spindle

The wonderful people at Mac keep me in the loop with the shows they headline, so I thought it was time to stop being greedy and share them with you.

I have a full product list on all these looks but will try to give you small shopping hints to achieve these looks without filling your already overstuffed makeup bag with more products.

What’s that? I hear you say it’s not stuffed? Well I don’t believe you. When I do one to one makeup lessons and advice re: what to keep and chuck from a makeup bag, I am always astounded – some of you have enough in there to become a full time makeup artist 😉

Milan kicked off  the very day after London finished, hardly enough time to draw breath. Mac have top makeup artists keying the big shows and they have not failed to achieve stunning runway looks. The first day of shows put me in mind of much I saw in London, which is a surprise. London is very edgy but this season was really about skin and so was day one in Milan.

Lloyd Simmonds for Alberta Ferretti achieved a stripped back “elves in the forest” inspired look, clean and pure.

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This was all achieved with face and body foundation, prep and prime powder, and clear brow set. The lips are a soft application of “fresh brew”. The only product you may need to buy is for the eye colour “Groundwork cream colour base” and a 219 pencil to smudge underneath the lash line.

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Michelle Magnani used a skin technique I love using – it’s called sheering down. She mixed PREP AND PRIME natural radiance with FACE AND BODY foundation, which gives a flawless finish with luminosity.  The “natural radiance” prep+prime is so worth buying.

The rest of the skin look was warmed up and sealed with mineralising powders and bronzers. The eye was a soft grey with black track through the top lash line for definition with the brows gelled up again. The lips were “myself”  patted over lips to soften to a nude finish.

face chart (1)The artist Terry Barber for Just Cavalli:

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This was inspired by Margaret Hemingway and the makeup plan for this is complicated so I will just show you all the whole thing. For me though, again the emphasis was on those brows and lovely skin.

Tom Pecheux for Max Mara used foundation over skin and eye to achieve a beautiful clean skin and nude eye look, which was exaggerated by the new lip colour available in the fall 2014 called “hearts aflame” with a red pigment over the top to set and give a matte finish – swoon!

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Lucia Pieroni for Moschino inspired by the “Peter Lindbergh” style of girl, i.e  Milla Jovovich, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer.

This is another involved face plan – amazing how so much work goes into achieving a look that seems to have almost no makeup on at all. The eyebrows are seriously groomed and filled with pencils and shadow to achieve a “boy brow” without much arch.

Again “groundwork” paint pot is the eye colour, this product can go as light to enhance or bolder to fill as you want – it’s very flexible and worth putting on the shopping list.

This whole look has skin and eye highlighters used to illuminate and shimmer.

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My shopping list for Milan Fashion Week are all for a beautiful nude groomed look:

Mac Prep + Prime natural radiance

Pro Longwear Paint Pot0  colour groundwork

Cream colour base in pearl

Translucent powder to set foundation

Lightscapade mineralize finishing powder to highlight cheeks

Brow set

Face and body foundation

Words: Jay Pinxie Turnbull

Images courtesy of MAC cosmetics