Milan Fashion Week is back, and it feels like a long-awaited return to form. While the Autumn Winter 2021 season featured IRL shows for the first time since the pandemic began, this latest fashion month possesses a welcome familiarity that harkens back to precedented times. That’s not to confuse comfort with predictability; rather this time around there’s a renewed freshness within such long-established formats that we’re embracing with fervour.

The beauty looks at the Milan Spring Summer 2022 shows are a prime example. There’s the hyper-real skin, sleek buns and bold pops of colour that we encounter each season, but there’s also an enthusiastic energy that feels prototypical now that we’re (almost?) post-pandemic. With creative hair and makeup teams now permanently back on the tools, it feels like nature is finally healing – and the fashion industry is more than ready.

Here, GRAZIA‘s edit of the best hair and makeup looks from Milan Fashion Week.

Jil Sander: Sleek Sophisticates

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: Model Amanda Googe poses in the backstage of the Jil Sander fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2021 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

Groomed arches, naked skin and soft lashes created the perfect understated accompaniment to the sophisticated low ponytails at Jil Sander.

Del Core: OTT Glitter

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model walks the runway at the Del Core fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2022 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Minimising shine in the T-zone might be most makeup artist’s MO, but models at Del Core wore thick layers of glitter across the forehead, eyes, nose, lips and chin. Who said discoball glamour was done?

Alberta Ferretti: Spider Lashes

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: Gigi Hadid walks the runway at the Alberta Ferretti fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2022 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage )

Chunky, spiked-out lashes were showcased at Alberta Ferretti, framed by neatly shaped brows and loose, low ponytails.

Giada: Lacquered Ponytails

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model, hair detail, walks the runway at the Giada fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2022 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

XXL ponytails cascaded down models’ spines at Giada, with glistening gel raked through the front for extra shine and leather wrapped around the base.

N°21: Barely-There Blush Pouts

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model, make up detail, poses in the backstage of the N°21 fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2021 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

At N°21, models bore a romantic flush to the lips and cheeks, with light-reflecting gloss applied to the centre of the lids.

Roberto Cavalli: High Gloss Complexions

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model walks the runway at the Roberto Cavalli fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2022 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro S. D’Aprano/Getty Images)

Why relegate highlighter to the cheeks? The Roberto Cavalli models wore a creamy golden sheen from lids to lips.

Fendi: Polished Buns And Technicolour Cheeks

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model walks the runway during the Fendi Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2022 fashion show as part of the Milan Fashion Week on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A classic middle-parted bun made way for burnished eyes and cheeks at the Fendi show, with sunset hues of yellow and orange creating a painterly effect.

Joy Meribe: Face-Framing Pieces

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A model walks the runway at the Joy Meribe fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2022 on September 22, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Errant pieces of hair were left plastered around models’ faces at Joy Meribe, as if the wearer had just returned from an ocean swim. Punchy pink lips and soft peach eyeshadow added to the tropical vibe.

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