Milan Fashion Week comes to a close with this strong-yet-subtle power eye and glitter eyebrows (that we actually want to copy).
Being front of house watching a designer’s newest collection be presented in a curated show is exciting enough, but the bustle of backstage is where everything except the clothes is brought into creation.
Hair stylists, make-up artists and assistants all work together to execute a look that they most likely spent the previous 48 hours brainstorming, trialling, and presenting to the fashion designer.
The result? Hair, skin, body and make-up details that serve to bring the designer’s vision to life in its truest form.
Giorgio Armani is no exception. Last season’s show brought luminous glazed skin with lilac eyes and lips (the Stylist beauty team recreated it for Trend On Trial and adored it, check back in a couple of week’s time to see it in action) and a brand new liquid highlighter, Ecstasy Glass, that’s due to launch shortly.
But in contrast, today’s show shifted the focus from skin to lids and brows, with lead make-up artist Linda Cantello showing us how to do a bold eye, but somehow make it subtle.
Johan Lundin, International Marketing Director for Armani Beauty, exclusively told Stylist.co.uk exactly how the look was created.
“We actually have a mobile Armani Beauty lab that we take to shows; it’s full of pigments and individual ingredients found in all our formulas,” he said.
“For this show, we took the gel base of Armani Eye & Brow Maestro and mixed it with this fine holographic glitter,” he continued. “We then applied it over the brow, let it dry, and it’s complete. The runway is very close to the audience this year, so we wanted something that would reflect the concrete floor and blue walls and create an almost vibrating effect on the face.”
As for the eyes, a thin channel of space was left bare under the lower lash line, then a soft flick of dark grey was painted both under and over the eye, extending outwards towards the temple.
Hazes of blue-ish grey shadow was diffused from each line to exaggerate the hollows of the eyes.
Contouring was executed using Armani’s gel Neo Nude A-Contour before foundation for a subtle effect, then extra was applied on top for the models with rounder faces to add dimension.
Finally, Cantello created the perfect transparent warm matte lip colour using the famous portable Armani lab, and this was pressed into lips and cheeks for a subtle flush.
Colour us obsessed.
Images: Getty/Ava Welsing-Kitcher