Milan surprised us. After a veritable sea of minimalist silhouettes, out came some eye-catching beauty trends we're not used to seeing from the Italian houses. A pop of color here, a jolt of shimmer there... it was almost as if London's perennial brights had spilled over onto the Mediterranean—and that's what we like to see from a true fashion capital. We recap the standout looks below.
A POWDER-PERFECT RED AT PRADA
Whether the fluoro-pink lips at Missoni or the tangerine sheen at Aquilano.Rimondi and Moschino, a ripe, velvety lip is in for at least another season. No one showcased this best than the house of Prada, whose minimalist Japanese silhouettes played canvas to an overdrawn powerhouse red. Makeup artist Pat McGrath painted on Cover Girl LipPerfection lip liner and lipstick in Hot, exaggerating the silhouette of the mouth with a strategically placed white line centered on the cupid's bow.
SOFT AND HARD AT GIANFRANCO FERRÉ
Things were sleek yet sensual at Ferré, and the hair and makeup followed suit with both organic and geometric shapes. Sharp scalp divisions mimicked the architectural lines in the garments, while diffused eyes in shades of mint and olive softened the razor-edge theme running throughout. This look could've easily gone too harsh—a good use of a smoky eye.
COLOR-BLOCKED LINER AT FENDI
Makeup artist Peter Philips is no stranger to a makeup decal—remember last season's outlandish bejeweled brows? Inspired by Fendi's ultra-summery palette and paneled construction techniques, Philips glued fabric strips in hues of peach, blue, tan, and yellow along models' lower eyelids. Doesn't that particular oceanic blue just pop? Beyond the amazing headpieces, we're simply thrilled Phillips gave the lower lash line some much-needed love.