Milan Fashion Week radiates glamor, not only in the form of the FROWs on List A, but also in the decadence and statements made behind the scenes and on the runway. The atmosphere was definitely revolutionary this AW19, with a little less old-school romance and a little more futuristic rebellion. With references to sci-fi movies and a distinct nod to fantasy, beauty looks were brimming with portable inspiration.
Here are the top five trends that emerged from the week:

The Trend: Polished Ponytails

What you need to know:
The classic ponytail was created in multiple forms: stacked high at the very center of the head at Sportmax, by hairstylist Duffy; and in beautifully even plaits that hung down the curve of the back at Max Mara, by Sam McKnight. At Calcaterra, there were low-maintenance luxe ponytails that used a glossy section of hair to loop a tie and left strands free creating a flattering framework to the face.
How to wear it now:
While a smooth finish isn’t always the easiest, a plait that hangs straight down the back with a clean center parting will look instantly polished. Start by applying a small amount of textured hairspray on the fingers and run through the hair to keep everything in place. Make a tight weave at the top of the plait and then hold any flyaway sections by weaving in pins.

The Trend: Addams Family Gothic Romance

What you need to know:
There was a distinct Wednesday Addams mood at Prada, as hairstylist Guido Palau created poker-straight partings and somber plaits that sat over the shoulders. “The whole show concept is ‘dark romance’, with a nod to a gothic-y kind of girl with the braids and some extreme haircuts that have been dyed black,” says Palau. Bleached brows by Pat McGrath, the makeup artist gave the look an otherworldly effect. At Versace, the same makeup-hair duo created pale, muted skin and blood-red lips on some of the girls, with inky, jet black hair strewn haphazardly over the forehead. McGrath said it’s the modern take on “a late night/early morning party look”.
How to wear it now:
Two low plaints that hang either side of your face have easy, symmetrical wearability. The looser the bind, the less formal and more laissez-faire the attitude. To sharpen the contrast between a deep red lip and pale skin, make sure to apply your base makeup meticulously along the lip line.

The Trend: Futuristic Androgyny

What you need to know:
There were multiple references to The Matrix, The Fifth Element, and Gattaca, with a futuristic aesthetic everywhere. At Marni, Pat McGrath created a pale skin, nuanced with burnt taupe nuances on the eyelids and associated with blunt and androgynous fringes, cut short to accentuate the profiled cheekbones. Missoni brought a nomadic Mad Max mood, with hooded bangs by hairdresser Paul Hanlon, and earthy eye shadows paired with richly pigmented black wings drawn on the sockets by makeup artist Lynsey Alexander.
How to wear it now:
A light matt base is a key here, to give the impression of a one-dimensional skin finish. The pale green, burnt orange and taupe eyeshadows worn on the eyelids instantly modernize the look. And for a real statement, completely skip the mascara and leave the lips bare.

The Trend: Snow Queen Lashes

What you need to know:
Frosted eyelashes were a recurring theme, and while not the most accessible trend to recreate, they set the tone for storytelling and escape. Byblos saw meticulously frosted lashes; at Vivetta, the blue upper lashes and the white lower lashes paid homage to the snow queen. At Gucci, Thomas de Kluyver’s makeup was dramatic in every way: some girls wore bondage-Esque masks and those who didn’t have frozen tears hanging on their cheeks.
How to wear it now:
This look is not the most portable, however, white mascaras have a distinct charm. If you don’t want to become completely snow white, go for lighter shades – enhancing the color with silver – or just focus on the outer lashes for impressive length. A scattering of glitter further increases the overall effect.

The Trend: Luxe Glamour

What you need to know:
The most portable and luxurious trend of all. Moschino took it to a playful and exaggerated extreme with big Diana Ross blown hair, long eyelashes, and bare lips. Armani saw the signature velvet skin of make-up artist Linda Cantello with sensual smoky eyes; while Sam McKnight’s deep separation from Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini was full of attitude, juxtaposed with soft, textured hair.
How to wear it now:
The ultimate luxury skin is a careful balance of mat, shiny and transparent. And none of this can make it look like you’re wearing too much blanket. Start building it with a concealer on the areas you want to equalize, then finish with a light and transparent foundation. Give smoky eyes depth with a generous application of dark brown and gray kohl around the upper and lower lashes. Use your fingers to spread the shadow over the eyelids and apply shine to the middle of the eyelids to increase the intensity.

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