Who doesn't love to be a little bit rebellious? That was apparently the overarching theme for the beauty looks in Milan—IDGAF grungy hair, bad girl liner, flashes of neon and dark wine-stained lips set the tone. Even the bow-adorned ponytails at Philosophy were more beautifully gothic than girly. And in keeping with this theme, why wait until autumn to flaunt one of these looks? Go on, be rebellious and try one (or a couple) this week. We dare you. Keep scrolling for our pick of the best beauty looks from Milan Fashion Week.
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used MAC Lip Pencil (£13) in Nightmoth to create this standout lip look.
If you didn't believe us that mousse was back, this should help persuade you. Hairstylist Sam McKnight used medium-hold mousse before blow-drying hair and tonging it, holding the barrel vertically. Gathering the ponytail loosely, he adorned it with a bow. Try this with different colours and textures of ribbon from your local haberdashery.
While a faux fringe is not necessarily a look we would all want to try, we can totally get on board with glossy waves and an oversize headband. Guido used a one-inch curling tong to create soft movement. Then with a Mason Pearson brush and hair dryer, he ran the dryer down the length of the hair while simultaneously brushing through the curls to loosen them and create romantic waves. The key to long-lasting waves? Guido pulled the hair into a loose bun and secured with pins leaving for several minutes to let the hair cool. He lightly misted with Redken Control Addict 28 (£11) once he had released the waves.
Re-create the look with Yunotme's Lisbeth Feather Headband (£140).
Play up a feline flick by outlining with a neon pencil. Try orange, pink or aqua.
Ponytails are going to be autumn's biggest hairstyle so get your practice in now. At Jil Sander, it was all in the prep and details. Sam McKnight straightened hair so it was super sleek before pulling it into a low ponytail. Notice how he has taken a section of the pony and wrapped it around the hair elastic, pinning it in place.
Dark, matte, moody lips are set to be the lip du jour come next season, but this rich-hued version at Bottega Veneta is slightly more wearable thanks to the subtle sheen. Try Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion (£20) in True Liar. You rebel.
Guido created a "super simple, super modern updo that every woman can do." He blow-dried the hair smooth with Redken Satin Wear 02 (£15) before pulling it into a low knot with the ends left out; he secured it with pins. "The ultimate look has a real ease to it," he said.
The makeup by Tom Pecheux at Max Mara is about the simplicity of dewy skin paired with a punchy lip. Pecheux perfected the models' complexions with MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation (£26), while that bold lip is MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (£21) in Feels So Grand. Septum ring, optional.
The hair is inspired by the offbeat vibe of Margot Tenenbaum. Sam McKnight used mousse (again) to get hold into the hair and to tease out the natural texture when blow-drying. Tongs were used to create an irregular wave. McKnight recommends using a soft clay (try Shu Uemura Art of Hair Clay Definer, £18) to tease the mid-lengths and ends for a more lived-in look. Finish with some brightly coloured kirby grips.
Oh how we love a beauty bargain! Three of these black elastic headbands will set you back just £2, and trust us when we say we'll be stocking up as this makes a perfect look for summer festivals—way cooler than a floral version. Oh, and start perfecting your gel liner skills because along with ponytails, black graphic liner in various incarnations has been a staple on the A/W 16 catwalks.
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