As the seasons change and fashion houses unveil their latest assemblage, the beauty pulls that graced the runways held as much sway as their clothing. From the summer/spring collections to the fall/winter looks, the world’s leading fashion capitals have once again set the scene for the latest runway beauty trends to take centrestage.
This year, beauty trends continue to be marked by a sense of elevated elegance and cultured refinement. Draw direction from Paris, where bold red lips and smoky eyes were the order of the day, or take cue from Milan, where understated, dewy skin commanded our attention. Perhaps the most striking of all being the dauntless use of vivid pigments and dramatic shapes to grace our eyes. Aside from make-up, much attention was also paid to the hair as designers showcased new ways to inject creativity into the way we make a statement with our locks. Neon eyeliners, bold hues, and jewels resurged in new ways—cementing the innovative and intrepid minds of today’s designers and MUAs.
From subversive new looks to subtle contemporary twists, the beauty moves as seen on these runways are sure to captivate and inspire the fashion-forward. Gather your make-up arsenal of choice and indulge in Vogue Singapore‘s shortlist of the best runway beauty trends.
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Cropped hair: Miu Miu
Accentuate your features with a fresh crop this season as seen on the runway of the Miu Miu spring/summer 2023 show. In embracing this effortless style, try your hand at soft, feathered layers accompanied by face-framing bangs. Its clean lines, flattering shape, and understated glamour are few of the many reasons why this hairstyle should be next on your bucket list.
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Cropped hair: Private Policy
In need of a bold move that defies conventional standards? Look towards the Private Policy fall/winter 2023 runway for its take on the daring pixie and buzz cut. This style is all about exuding sophistication and confidence. Indeed, beauty is about pushing boundaries—consider this your sign to take the plunge and shed those locks to unveil an edgy attitude.
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Cropped hair: Saint Laurent
It’s time to get acquainted with this rendition of the sleek-back bob as seen on the Saint Laurent fall/winter 2023 runway. Its polished finish presents as the perfect choice for anyone looking to make a bold but elegant statement. Be it a formal event or an elevated everyday style, join the ranks of the fashion-forward with this chic do.
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A masquerade: Prabal Gurung
Embrace the theatrics of a masquerade with our trusty eyeshadow’s newfound role. At the Prabal Gurung fall/winter 2032 show, models strut the runway with artfully crafted eyeshadow—each look, an ethereal work of art. When recreating these looks, more is more. Use an angled brush to create sharp lines and angles for your mask with a pigmented shade of choice.
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A masquerade: Kiko Kostadinov
For fans of coquette beauty, consider this ethereal take on the eyeshadow masking trend as seen on the Kiko Kostadinov spring/summer 2023 runway. Dreamed up in pastels and shimmer, coat your eyes in a shades of lilacs and soft pink for a delicate and feminine touch. Pair this look with washed brows and a nutmeg lip to tie it together.
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A masquerade: Alexis Mabille
The Alexis Mabille haute couture spring/summer 2023 show intensified fun and play with citrus shadowed wings that double up as a chic blush and contour duo. You can choose to keep it simple with a nude lip and a light coat of mascara. Or better yet, drive the message home with added jewels and a juicy bold lip.
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Kohl-like eyes: Christian Dior
Tell a sultry story with seductive eyes this season with the runway’s latest nod to Southeast Asian beauty. The Indian kohl eye make-up look is centred on a dramatic and alluring look as seen at the Christian Dior fall/winter 2023 shows. Achieved with a steady hand and a kohl pencil or eyeliner—draw on your lower lash line with the product of choice for an exotic glamour.
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Kohl-like eyes: Private Policy
For the fearless and avant-garde—don’t hold back from the dramatic element of the kohl eyes. Coat your lower lashes with a thick layer of mascara or add false lashes to seal the deal. Finish the look with a nude lip to keep the focus on your daring and unapologetic eyes.
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Kohl-like eyes: Moschino
Unveil your inner glamazon with the kohl eyes and bold red lips combination—as seen on the Moschino spring/summer 2023 runway. This stunning duo exudes a classic confidence and allure with the dramatic contrast between smoky eyes and bright, luscious lips.
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Bows galore: Simone Rocha
With the renaissance of demure, sugary-sweet fashions, comes the tidal wave that is the comeback of the bow. This season, designers showed us the numerous ways in which this adorable fashion accent can be adapted for beauty. Most notably, Simone Rocha showcased the “bow-tear”—dainty ribbons tied into bows and placed under the model’s eye. The bow’s long ends trail down to give the appearance of a flowing stream—it turns out we haven’t seen the last of “crying girl” just yet.
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Bows galore: Susan Fang
Long locks were ornamented with demure bows on Susan Fong’s fall/winter 2023 show, as both adult and child models flaunted the accessory up and down the catwalk. Channel your inner ingenue with these flirty, easy-to-wear accents.
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Bows galore: Acne Studios
Acne Studios put an unexpected twist on the look by ditching the hair accessories altogether and tying models’s wavy tresses into the sought-after bow.
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Cleopatra eyes: Sergio Hudson
Amp up your graphic liner with vivid, multicoloured hues in clean lines recalling illustrations of the ancient Egyptian icon herself. Exemplified here by Sergio Hudson, this decorated look is characterised by a pointed inner eye corner for an added cat-eye effect.
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Cleopatra eyes: Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier uses a swatch of mustard to brighten a sharply-pointed eyeliner, extended to resemble a siren’s piercing gaze. For a more dramatic finish, long eyelash extensions are added in spikes to open up and exaggerate the eyes.
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Operatic blush: Giorgio Armani
Step up your blush game with this trend that takes notes from the exaggerated artistry of Chinese opera make-up. Giorgio Armani makes a case for this flushed mien with a veil of this light, flamingo-pink shade. To achieve this look, bring your blush over the high points of your cheekbones, unto your eyelids and brow bones.
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Operatic blush: Sarawong
Sarawong opts for a brighter blush, which gives the under eyes a burned appearance. Dust the lids with a glitter eyeshadow to really make them pop.
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Operatic blush: Marrisa Wilson
For a lifted effect, take the plunge and bring the blush of your choice up over your temples, as demonstrated at Marrisa Wilson’s fall/winter 2023 runway. Offset the sugary-sweet wash of colour with a smokey eye tinged with a copper sheen and tie the look together with a raspberry pout.
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Metallic accents: Philipp Plein
Combine edgy, classy and effortlessly cool with chrome accents on a seemingly bare face. As the obsession with liquid silver eyeshadow (and its satisfying application) grows, look to Philipp Plein for inspiration on applying the metallic sheen in imaginative shapes to add a literal twinkle to the eyes. A highly reflective pigment, this trend was made for late nights and flash photography.
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Metallic accents: Off-White
Off-White’s take on this trend sees the silver accent being added sparingly to the ends of the eyebrow, inner eye corner and the top of the cupid’s bow.
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Metallic accents: Jil Sander
Turn your eyelids into an abstract work of art by swiping silver liquid eyeshadow liberally over the lid to resemble brushstrokes.
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Baby braids: Emergency Room
Keep those flyaways out of the way with this quirky, face-framing hairdo. Gracing the runways in various shapes and forms, Emergency Room demonstrates how less can indeed be more with simple, symmetrical baby braids to add a little whimsy to the look. Spotted on celebrities like Margot Robbie and Dua Lipa, this trend is versatile, functional and here to stay.
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Baby braids: Chraibi
Take Chraibi’s full elaborate braided style as a sign to try putting a creative twist on the braided crown. This look is achieved with a tight, sleek dutch pleat cutting across the crown of the head where the centre parting is, and splitting off to the sides to frame the face.
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Baby braids: Anonlychild
Anonlychild’s take on this look is both casual and artful, with its twists strategically spread across the forehead to mimic draping vines.
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Eye candy: Erziak
A flash of bright crimson across the lid in a clean-cut angular shape, exemplified by Erziak, makes a bold statement. Complete with “clean girl” fluffed brows contrasted with a sheer gloss, this eyeshadow look is sure to make a fiery statement.
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Eye candy: Germanier
Give a little character to your inner eyes. As make-up artists find more interesting parts of the face to highlight, the inner eye corner has been paid lots of due attention this season. Take a page out of Germanier’s book, where a small amount of strategically-placed neon eyeshadow immediately makes a simple make-up look electrifying and unforgettable.
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Eye candy: Anna Sui
Anna Sui rocks this look with soft, babydoll shades upon an otherwise bare face. A light teal blue across the under eye balances out the pink eyelid to give the look a fun edge.