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The Best Beauty Looks from Milan Fashion Week’s Fall 2021 Season

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We’re three weeks into fashion month and onto our third destination for Milan Fashion Week. Back in New York City, we saw angsty, smudged black eyeliner looks take over the collections for the fall 2021 season. Across the pond in London, dramatic blush and unexpected accents reigned supreme.

What will be the top fall beauty trend in Italy? Only time will tell, but we’re definitely sensing a refined vibe with stripped-down makeup and sleek hairstyles on the agenda. With iconic hairstylists, like Guido Palau and Jimmy Paul, working alongside powerhouse makeup artists, such as Kabuki, Pat McGrath, and Peter Philips, masterpieces are sure to be upon us at Fendi, Prada, and Moschino — just to name a few.

The looks at NYFW and LFW may have been bold and whimsical, but MFW is panning out to be more suited for minimalists whose wardrobes are dominated by the color black.

Etro: Face-Framing Braids and Smoky Eyes

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Not unlike the on-trend ’90s look, hairstylist Sam McKnight braided strips of hair into tiny, face-framing plaits for Etro. Foggy-gray smoky eyes by makeup artist Petros Petrohilos completed the 2021 take on the throwback aesthetic.

Daniela Gregis: Dot, Dot, Dot

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Grab some white liquid liner, like the Danessa Myricks Beauty ColorFix in Lift, and an eye shadow brush to easily recreate the dotted look at Daniela Gregis. Dip the end of the brush into the liner and dab it around your eyes for a fun faux-freckles-meets-graphic-liner moment.

Max Mara: Smoky Smudges

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Rough strips of olive-green eye shadow blanketed lids at Max Mara. They were framed by bold, groomed brows and a barely-there coating of mascara. The rest of the models’ faces were kept fresh and simple.

Prada: Slicked-Back and Shimmer

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Hairstylist Guido Palau followed up Prada’s blunt cuts from last season with unexpected, slicked-backed styles. The front section of the models’ hair was brushed back while the sides near the nears were left to hang down with natural texture. For makeup, Dame Pat McGrath blended metallic shadows of gold and silver onto the models’ eyes.

Blumarine: Bedazzled Butterflies

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With Y2K trends coming back around, body jewels were inevitably going to return too. Makeup artist Inge Grognard fashioned butterflies out of crystals on the models’ chests and arms at Bluemarine for a gorgeous alternative to jewelry.

Moschino: Painted Ladies

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Several themes were featured at Moschino’s fall 2021 star-studded presentation: jungle, farm, and old Hollywood. Our favorite was the section set in a museum with stunning, paint stroke-covered models courtesy of makeup artist Kabuki. The body art was a welcome splash of color in the sea of neutral this season in Milan.

Alberta Ferretti: Off-Center Parts

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Middle parts and side parts may be dividing Gen Z and millennials, but Alberta Ferretti found a happy medium. The models’ hair was asymmetrically separated down the middle to create an off-center part before it was pulled back into low buns by hairstylist Sebastien Richard.

Lead makeup Petros Petrohilos kept their faces fresh and simple, only sweeping on some taupe shadow onto the models’ lids to add subtle-yet-sooty dimension.

No. 21: Graphite Eyes

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The smoky black shadow at No. 21 gave us flashbacks to the edgy fall beauty moments at NYFW. Makeup artist Luciano Chiarello added sharp wings flicking out past the tails of the models’ brows of onyx with accents of metallic graphite on their inner corners. The result was a stunning, modern goth look.

Hairstylist Paolo Soffiatti, on the other hand, added a ruffled-up effect to the models’ natural hair textures.

Fendi: The Classics

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For Fendi, hairstylist Guido Palau braided several of the models’ hair into classic, sleek straight-back cornrows with their ends gathered into low buns. Others were given side parts. (They can’t be dead if Palau is still doing them if you as us.)

The brows were the center of makeup artist Peter Philips’ contribution to the beauty look. He filled them in and brushed them up for timeless boldness to complement the models’ glowing skin.

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