The penultimate Fashion Week of the ‘Big Four’ fashion capitals (now under way: Paris), Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2023 came to a close on September 26. Even among the other Fashion Weeks, Milan is known for leading the pack with regards to the elaborateness of their runway designs. And fortunately, such flair also extends to the Milan Fashion Week beauty moments on offer.
Such was certainly the case this season. Fit for any belladonna, bombshell make-up looks with a red lip as their focal point were ubiquitous. Notable examples included the full face created by make-up artist Kabuki for Moschino, with slicked back hair and whimsical headgear creating the perfect backdrop for black-rimmed eyes and a lacquered pout. Also at Ferrari, a strikingly vivid shade of scarlet on the lips drew all eyes, paired with wet look hair that has remained a runway mainstay throughout this season.
Veering away from the classic and into more abstract concepts, atypical splashes of colour were also a trend. On Etro’s runways, we saw splashes of shades including powder blue and saffron yellow washed across the face. A cyber-esque version in silver was worn under the eyes at Andreadamo, with a sheerer metallic dusting even adorning hands at Sportmax.
And of course, observable were two of the most trending nail looks of the moment—see: the chocolate manicure at MSGM and futuristic chrome nails at Trussardi.
See below for more on the best Milan Fashion Week beauty moments of spring/summer 2023:
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At Etro, a bohemian brief was played upon by piles of plaits and splashes of bright colour.
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Only one of the many beauty moments displayed at DSquared2, vivid emerald proves the perfect enhancement for dark eyes.
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Chocolate manicures are everywhere right now, and this warm take was the chosen nail look on MSGM’s runways.
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Wet look hair and a red lip—this beauty look was omnipresent at the Milan shows. Seen here in its boldest lip colour iteration at Ferrari, similar takes also appeared at Aniye Records, N°21 and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
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The subtly intricate hairdos at Giorgio Armani saw models’ own hair holding their ponytails in place, resembling basket weave. Spot the golden embellishment throughout, which hinted at the metallic details of the ensembles.
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Fittingly for Moschino’s bombshell brand DNA, make-up artist Kabuki created a siren look with a strongly defined eye and crimson lip.
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‘Less is more’ was the beauty agenda at Ports 1961. Natural-looking skin was elevated with a glowing, dewy sheen, while a pulled back hairstyle appeared simple yet polished.
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Chrome—another manicure trend that is having a major moment right now. For their runway show, Trussardi nailed the futuristic look.
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An other-worldly effect is created courtesy of silver splashes under the eyes and asymmetrically pointed tresses.
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A look-at-me gaze can be created with the aid of two-toned sequins—just look to the embellishment at Vivetta. Meanwhile, the side part is also making a comeback, seen here via slicked down bangs.
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A quick slick of coral on the lids is an instant ode to summer that freshens up your face instantly.
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If you’re suffering from nail trend fatigue, Sportmax may have the answer: forgo polish altogether and sweep a sheer coat of metallic shimmer on your hands instead.
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Indecisive about your preferred lip colour? Opt for a combination of two hues—even shades that seem like they clash may surprise you with an unexpectedly pleasing colour combination.