Hair and Makeup Looks from Milan Fashion Week

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Milan Fashion Week has always been in a league of its own. As the third destination during fashion month, we expect luxurious and romantic looks from the famous Italian fashion houses we've come to know and love. Think classic beauty styles, just with a bit more edge and sophistication. Last year, Versace served up some grungy, textured hair juxtaposed with smoky eyes. At the Max Mara show, we were inspired by a sharp, modern power braid. And only Moschino could find inspiration from The Price Is Right — models walked down the runway with over-the-top wigs and colorful eye shadow. Even while the fashion world mourned the loss of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, it was a season filled with beauty looks we're still obsessing over.

Giorgio Armani: Subtle Shadow

Armani canceled its live show due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy (opting to livestream it instead), but that didn't stop lead makeup artist Linda Cantello from making some major magic happen. Cantello told ishonest she was inspired by the velvet textures in the collection and also wanted to play with shadow and light. She defined the models' eyes with pencil liner before softly sweeping a light brown color across the lids to create a diffused look.

Hugo Boss: Clean Slate

Minimal makeup was a huge beauty trend at Milan Fashion Week. At Hugo Boss, models walked the runway with a fresh-faced, clean beauty look that celebrated their unique features and created a canvas for the clothing.

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini: Disco Waves

In keeping up with the '70s aesthetic of the high-platform shoes and colorful floral dresses at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, hair was slicked back at the crown, only to tumble down the back in big, voluminous disco curls.

Salvatore Ferragamo: Soft Minimalism

Makeup at Salvatore Ferragamo was fresh and dewy, highlighting models' natural features. Hair was kept out of their faces, either down and tucked behind the ears or in simple ponytails.

Missoni: Desert Smoky Eye

Models at Missoni wore a burnt orange shadow that offered a unique update to a classic smoky eye. Hair was work sleek and parted in the middle for most models, while others wore their natural curls in an afro or simply braided.

Emporio Armani: Silver Linings

With hair loosely pulled back in a low pony, there was little makeup at the Emporio Armani show — except, of course, for one line of silver metallic shadow on the eyelids.

Moschino: The Marie Antionette Pouf

Go big or go home was the name of the hair game at Moschino this season. Models walked down the runway in giant hair poufs, made famous by the late Queen of France. And as for makeup? It was all about a thick, winged cat-eye and long lashes.

Marni: Doused in Glitter

Marni made all glitter aficionados' dreams come true with metallic silver, gold, pink, and blue glitter all-over face makeup and hair for an ethereal, space-like vibe. We're digging this for fall, even if we may have to tone it down a bit for every day.

Moncler: '70s Aprés Ski

Bright, bold eye shadow and feathery, bejeweled headpieces to match their flower power-inspired outerwear ruled the runway at Moncler this season. If we were to do aprés ski during the disco era, this is exactly what we'd want our beauty look to be.

Max Mara: Warrior Braids and Disrupted Smoky Eye

At Max Mara, makeup artists painted on a smoky eye with jagged edges on models to give the classic makeup look a modern twist. Hair was styled with thin, cascading braids and ribbons placed throughout.

Fendi: Braided Crowns

At Fendi, models wore a large, slicked-back, braided bun for a clean and structured hair look. Makeup was also kept simple, with the focus on a deep burgundy lip.

Prada: Geometric Block Shadow

Makeup at Prada was kept to a bare minimum to highlight the models' natural features. The main look focused on a thick block of black shadow, which was horizontally smeared across the lid between the brow and upper lash line. Glitter shadow was swept over for a touch of sheen.

Vivetta: Upside-Down Confetti

Vivetta put a twist on fun-filled confetti shadow. Instead of it sitting on models' eyelids, the shadow fell from the lower lash line to give a more dynamic and standout look down the runway.

Alberta Ferretti: Slick, Low Ponytails

The hair team at Alberta Ferretti elevated a casual, low pony by giving hair a wet-yet-structured appearance. To keep in line with the structured theme, makeup artists gave models a subtly smoky eyes with just slight contouring to highlight their high cheekbones.

Gucci: Teary Liner

Instead of walking down a traditional runway, models stood on a rotating carousel at this year's Gucci show. To match the unique location vibe, in addition to wearing elaborate hair accessories, some models also wore dark eyeliner that ran down from the lower lash line like tears.

Jil Sander: Deep Parts and Deep Reds

The beauty look at Jil Sander was sleek and classic. Hair mostly consisted of tight, low ponytails, parted dramatically to one side. To match the hairstyle, makeup was minimal except for a deep red lip.

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