Milan & Paris Fashion Week S/S 2010: The (Adore) Beauty report


Beauty looks at Dolce & Gabanna, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior / via

Bless the Italians, we’re back to looking gorgeous again after London Spring Fashion Week’s Anti-Pretty trend. Spring beauty was looking dire for a minute there!

We loved the fabulous lips at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana – Prada had a pop of electric orange-red (try Napoleon Perdis Devine Goddess lipstick in Hara), while Dolce & Gabbana featured a deeper ruby stain (try Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Ruby Vibes). And while we’re on lips, let’s not forget that gorgeous peachy coral at Missoni – so perfect for that first warm day of Spring (try Bloom Lipstick in Tangerine).

We also saw some gorgeous (and very wearable) smouldering eye makeup at Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Versace. To get this look, you create a smoky eye extending up to the brow and below the lower lashline, using at least three eyeshadow colours in graduated shades across your chosen colour family – it was peachy warm bronzes at Fendi, plummy taupes at Giorgio Armani, and rich violet and purple at Versace. It’s been a million years since I actually used all the colours in an eyeshadow palette together, but those Christian Dior eyeshadow quint palettes are perfect for this – I’ll have to dig mine out! Also try DuWop’s Eye Palettes.

Hair-wise, it was hard to go past the flowing locks with gentle midlength waves and centre parts, seen at Emilio Pucci and Versace. Create this look with KEVIN.MURPHY Motion.Lotion. The deep side part slicked bun that we saw in New York and London was also in Milan at Gucci; while Giorgio Armani brought back the classic chignon. I loved the unruly top-knot loose bun at Fendi – a bit hard to get right at home, perhaps, but if you mess it up you can just go the Marni route and cover it all with a gypsy-style head scarf.

And then in Paris…. the key looks were

  • Messy fat side braids at Miu Miu, as at Alexander Wang in New York. You’ll need extensions or a clip-in hair piece for these.
  • Christian Dior’s Veronica Lake waves with bombshell-red lips and a swipe of 80s-pop eyeshadow on the lids. Try Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Clarins Red for the lips , and Napoleon Perdis Surreal World eye quads for the eyes.
  • Jean Paul Gaultier’s fierce smokin’ eyes, gravity-defying topknot braids and body stencils. Punk meets Mad Max meets manga.

Don’t try this at home:

Alexander McQueen’s models looked like extras from Star Trek, or possibly sea creatures, with prosthetic makeup and sculpted hair.

Do try this at home:

Chanel – luminous flawless base (try BECCA Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation) with a hint of natural blush and a halo of bronze accentuating the eyes. Hair was a casual updo with loose pieces of hair framing the face, while each girl had a different hair accessory or fascinator (perfect for Spring Racing).

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