4 Beauty trends from Milan Fashion Week SS20 that caught our attention

4 Beauty trends from Milan Fashion Week SS20 that caught our attention

Runway to reality

Text: Wei Yeen Loh

Image: Imaxtree

While London and New York City had its fair share of headline-making beauty moments, it's now time for Milan to shine—and that it did with a motley of looks that commanded attention. We saw simplicity in clean beauty, artistic interpretations with models as canvasses and some good ol' throwback references that highlighted our favourite trends from different decades.

Below, four beauty lessons to learn, glean, and obsess over from Milan Fashion Week SS20:

Less is (always) more

Spotted at: Prada, Boss, Etro

The look: Bare-faced beauties were spotted backstage at a few of the brands, where clear glowing skin reigned with a smidgen of makeup made to enhance the features. At Prada, foundation was omitted to show off a smattering of freckles and beauty marks, while models at Boss had a tiniest bit of eyeliner to let the eyes pop.

How to: Layer up on skincare—the seven-step toner method is perfect for this look—and let skin breathe with minimal makeup. Only the barest touch of concealer, liner and lip balm will do the trick.


Take a step back to retro-ville

Spotted at: Versace, Fendi, Gucci,

The look: Can't find inspiration for your makeup look? Take a step back to the decades of yore for an inspo or two. From Twiggy-esque falsies at Gucci (an extra layer on the brows #justbecause) to '80s-inspired slicked-back hairdos at Versace, the moodboards backstage had plenty of retro references worth raving over. Our favourite—Fendi's early aughts mashup of glittery, thickly-lined eyes and do-it-yourself "post festival hair".

How to: Traipse a fine line between paying homage and going overboard by adding a modern twist to some of these beauty trends.


Bold strokes—not for the faint-hearted

Spotted at: Salvatore Ferragamo, Moschino, Marni,

The look: Made for the risktakers and more-is-more believers, the artistically-driven hodgepodge of looks at Milan Fashion Week ran the gamut from bright graphic paintstrokes over sleek hair to real flowers rooted carefully on models' heads at Marni. That said, the creative tap runneth over with some of the most bizarre variations—can art truly be for everyday?

How to: Start with bold hues to appease your inner colour-loving genius—we recommend Salvatore Ferragamo's Venetian-glass inspired look.


When in doubt, play up the lips

Spotted at: Max Mara, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana

The look: A bold lip for springtime? Break all the rules in your beauty book by getting your pout on. We're hooked on the cool-toned looks at Max Mara, featuring powder blue eyeshadow and a deep burgundy matte lip, while a wine-hued pout at Jil Sander blew us away for its imperfect lines.

How to: Keep skin bare, and play around with finishes—matte always delivers on drama, while a high-impact gloss can give the illusion of a fuller pout.