My favourite thing about fashion weeks around the world is the creativity. Nothing is left to chance. Every detail, every pleat, every lipstick shade, every eye lash is considered. For this reason, the hair and makeup looks are often layered with meaning and inspirations that extend well beyond what’s trending. This Fall/Winter season has been a fantastic one in terms of beauty. We’ve seen technicolour liner at Prada, bourgeois lashes at Lanvin and a wonderful, artistic mashup of glitter and face paints at Marni.
Below, we round up the best the two European cities have to offer so far, from surrealist to subtle. The beauty of dreams, indeed.
Pat McGrath paints opposing shades on the colour wheel – lilac and orange – on lashes and lids at Maison Margiela.
Always a spectacle, Bella Hadid looks ever the lady in raspberry lips and bare eyes at Mugler. Notice the two-toned wrap-around pony tail.
If I was a rich girl… I’d want to be Bella Hadid on the Lanvin runway in cherry gloss, a cream coat and clumpy, wonderful lashes. Oh, and finger waves.
Guido Palau has us dreaming of summer spent in a Dior headscarf and salty, wind-tumbled waves.
And not to be outdone, Peter Philips took the humble black eyeliner to another level, using it to carve out a different shape on every single model. We’re particularly fond of this tightly-rimmed grungy kohl.
Italian bella Vittoria Ceretti looked ethereal on the Huge Boss runway with nude skin and just the tiniest whisper of blush.
A little bit disco, a little bit Picasso, the uninhibited use of colour and glitter at Marni was a true highlight to come out of Milan.
Versace Versace Versace! Kaia Gerber stomped down the runway with a slick side-part and lots of chunky eyelashes (behind those sunglasses).
Fendi’s tightly coiled updo’s and plush leather upside down headbands were simply divine.
As were the faded blackberry lips.
Ahh Moschino! The perfect, saccharine beauty look of our dreams! Sweet lolly lips, pink blush, a royal wing and hair so high, Marie Antoinette would be jealous.
Sooty black eyes and tiny pirate plaits at Hugo Boss prove you can steer the (beauty) ship in any direction you choose.
A gilded Prada headband is the best kind of headband.
And the legendary Pat McGrath blew us all away with her floating, faded rainbow eyeliner.
Lime green and deep wine might seem an unlikely pair, but at Dries Van Noten, anything goes (and thank goodness for that)!
The best of the 80s: sharp red lips, mauve, navy and skin that’s polished to perfection.