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Milan Fashion Week Beauty Trends

Tuesday 11 March 2014
Words Spindle

I wanted to share the last few days of Milan Fashion week with you courtesy of Mac Cosmetics. A little insight into some of the moods on the  runway.

I can share some of the products that are being released in the fall of which some may be a #MUST for your makeup bag! You will be able to see where some of the top artists gain inspiration and translate it to their catwalk looks.

Firstly I do have to say Milan do not approach fashion week with the gusto of London…I really love the edge London has. Milan seem to still like a nude barely there natural look.

I have images of “nails” for the catwalk and was surprised how many images were clear natural nails and  barely there varnish colours. I did see some of that in London but the demands on the artists here are still very creative and colourful. I am not sure now though, will we be seeing the end of the Shellac nail that has dominated our lives for the last couple of years and a return of a soft natural manicure?

nails milan fashion week Most of the face plans and images I received were stripped down, no mascara, curled lashes, seeing the return of hard kohl or pencil liner inside the waterline.

A bare ‘punky’ looking eye…not a favorite style of mine but so easy to create for a quick makeup look. You know, leaving the office, run into the restroom run a black liner inside your eye, a touch of blush over centre of cheeks, nude looking lips and off you go.

Obviously for runway more product and care is used but you get the idea!

This look inspired by a modern Veruschka and created by emerging backstage artist YADIM uses some beautiful products such as, Hush Cream Colour Base on the high points, nose, chin, cheeks, and brow  bone. He also uses pigments to highlight. I am happy to see MYTH lipstick being used, one of my favorite nudes.

yadim milan fashion week

Artist Tom Pecheux is also a using liner in a hard line or “blown out into a dark smudgy look.”

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Diane Kendal used techniques similar to what I was seeing in London, gelled up brows and skin so moistured and highlighted it was deliberately sweaty looking.

She also used an eyeliner  pencil “blown out” to create a soft dark elongated eye with no mascara.

diane kendal milan fashion week

More clean skin and barely there eyes and lips from Tom Pecheux, leaving the attitude of the model to “own” whatever they were walking down runway in.


Artist Mark Carrasquillo used the inspiration of Brooke shields – treated a fresh face with heavy brows…


Lucia Pieroni used an amazing liner technique which made the models look like they had been out all night partying, the skin was fresh and clean using Pearl Cream Colour Base to add luminosity to the high points of the face. This has been a popular product this season and its so easy to use ( blended into the skin with the fingers.)


The final image by Gordon Espinet  is so beautiful i am leaving a full description of products used and techniques to speak for them selves…


If you want to achieve the Milan Look I recommend you buy eye pencils in Coffee, Ebony, Feline or Blacktrack Gel Liner or Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil.

Also for the eyes and illuminating the skin I recommend the Pearl and Hush Cream Colour Base. New products to look out for in the A/W14 for lips are Dusty Mauve and Siss lipstick.

Words by Jay Pinxie Turnbull