Beauty Highlights from Milan Fashion Week: Versace's Smouldering Eyes, Jil Sander's Pout and DSquared's Band Girls

28 February 2012 by

We’ve been giddy with excitement, taking in all the latest Autumn Winter 2012 trends backstage at Milan Fashion Week with a range of beauty looks from hard edge to elegantly soft. Here are our favourites…


1. Versace

Models channelled a pin up – slash – rock n roll vibe for the Fall 2012 Versace collection. Pat McGrath used CoverGirl products to create ‘three layers of black’, and defined eyes with Liquidline Blast Eyeliner, filled in with Smoke Shadow Blast in Smoke and black cream shadow and set with shimmering onyx eye shadow all finished off with 24 hour Lash Blast Mascara on the top and bottom lashes to create the perfect smoky eye effect.

Lips and cheeks were kept simple while eyebrows were bleached to remove the colour and made a shade lighter than the models’ natural hair colour.

"Donatella wanted the girls to look super cool and modern, but still bring out that Versace rock 'n' roll girl," said hairstylist Guido Palau who fitted the models with fake blunt fringes that hit mid-forehead. “The whole thing is a lot less blown-out than we’re used to seeing here,”.  Fringes were not only at Versace we saw them swishing down at Marni too-oh a few were spotted on the Oscars' red carpet.  There's definitely a fringe movement happening right now.

2. Jil Sander

Lips were the focus at Jil sander with no mascara and just a simple curl of the eyelashes.  Chanel's Le Crayon Levres Pivoine 32 was used for lip contouring and was filled in with Rouge Allure Velvet L'Élégante 35 to give models a delicate hue to compliment the collection. Whilst over in the hair corner, stylist Guido Palau created a deep side swept low ponytail that sat on the nape of models’ necks, ‘It’s perfect for an evening look’ said Palau who brushed back the models’ hair to add height and then pulled it into a very low ponytail.

3. Dolce & Gabbana

Makeup artist Pat McGrath, used Dolce & Gabbana Make Up to bring ‘light to the face’, creating a look inspired by religious iconography of the Virgin Mary.

Flat, matte neutral tones from the Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Desert were swept over eyelids with the gold shade from the Golds quad, Luminous Cheek Colour in Delight was applied to the cheeks and Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal was dabbed on the centre of the models’ lips while Mandorala was put on the top lip for a creamy finish. Now that's what we call a high maintenance lip!

Hairstylist Guido Palau was at it again creating a simple look to accommodate the elegant jewelled and embroidered headpieces and accessories by parting the models hair in the centre and gathering over the ears in a low loosely twisted soft knot. Redken Body Full Volume Amplifier was sprayed onto damp hair and blow-dried with fingers, adding slight texture and grip for the stunning hair accessories.

4. DSquared2

If you needed proof that Lana Del Rey is set to take over the world, you’d only need look so far as to the past few weeks of fashion week. She not only had the amazing honour of having a Mulberry bag named after her in London, she also inspired the beauty behind DSqaured2’s fall show in Milan.

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created the high school prom look by applying a thick slick of MAC's Blacktrack Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel on the top of lids in a feline-eye shape, crowned by a double set of lashes. Black eyeliner was teased out on bottom lids and brows were made thicker and arched.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight used Pantene Pro-V Volume Mousse and Extra Strong Mousse on damp hair before it was blown dry and then heavily back combed to create two styles; a volumized crown with flat sides and a pinned-back beehive to echo "girl bands from the Fifties and Sixties, like The Shirelles and the early days of The Supremes with a touch of Lana Del Rey."  What an awesome mix of girl power!

by Natalie Lukaitis


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