MFW: The Beauty Trends and Our Must-Have Looks

This season, Milan’s runways provided us with everything we’ve come to expect from the capital of sensuality: curve-defining dresses, cheeky nods to modernity, art and culture, and—quite literally—smoldering looks. Beauty was an Italian temptress emerging from a heated debate in a coffee shop long after closing time, or a disco after the sun has risen, or a long turn around the piazza with her favorite book in hand. Her gaze was intense, made much more so by tricks of eyeliner, mascara and shadow. Our favorites were seen at Fendi, Max Mara and Versace. Read on to get inspiration for re-creating the looks at home.

Fendi – More is more and it’s all about the upper lid. Look for a chubby Kohl pencil like  Sephora’s Jumbo Liner for the heavy matte consistency on your upper lid. Don’t be shy about applying it with a heavy hand and a practiced flick of the wrist will create the wings in the inner and outer corners. Also there’s no need to worry about being precise, it’s supposed to look a little imperfect. From there, apply your favorite mascara (try Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara), again with a heavy hand – we’re talking multiple coats. Finish with white liner on the inside rim of your lower lids and try to resist blinking in between so many coats, so they can dry appropriately.

Max Mara – The key here is subtle bedroom eyes with color concentrated on the outer corner. You’ll need to practice layering shadow and a proper eye shadow brush like this one from Bobbi Brown. Start with a nude shadow applied from the base of your top lid to your brow-bone. Next, use the tip of the eye shadow brush to line the top outside edge of your upper lid with charcoal shadow. Use the flat side of the brush to fill in the outer corner of your upper lid with color. Smudge slightly toward the inner part of your lid with the brush tip. Take special care to curl your lashes with a quality curler like Shu Uemura’s and follow up with one coat of mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

Versace – Never one to shy away from a dramatic look, this is one for date night and night out with your girls alike. Pick up  NARS duo eyeshadow in Charade, use your shadow brush to apply the shadow on your upper lid, from lash line to brow-bone and then use a fine-tipped black Kohl liner on your upper and bottom lash line. We like Guerlain’s The Original Khol Me Kjal Eyeliner. Use your shadow brush again to line your eyes just below the bottom lash line with black shadow for an intense smudged effect. Finish with one coat of mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for papierdoll.com, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site marisaswanson.com and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.