Punk-inspired eyeliner and glossy finger curls: the best Milan Fashion Week beauty looks to recreate at home

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With designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Versace calling the Italian fashion capital home, Milan Fashion Week has become known for its high drama and opulent style. And its no different when it comes to beauty. 

Backstage this season, we witnessed the world's best hair stylists and make-up artists at their most creative, finding new ways to channel the designers' vision into a beauty look. 

We're talking festival-worthy eyes, fluffy, teased-out curls and snogged-off lips, so there's plenty of inspiration if you fancy trying something new.

Here's the eight most standout looks to take your beauty cues from - and how to recreate them.

  • Salvatore Ferragamo

    The look: glossy finger waves

    From Marc Jacobs to Marni, we've seen finger waves in all their many guises everywhere at this season's shows. But when drenched with product for a wet-look finish like Anthony Turner did at Ferragamo, somehow the classic look becomes a whole lot more modern. 

    To recreate: Ply the hair with plenty of product (mix a hair gel with an oil for longer-lasting wetness) and use a fine tooth comb to sculpt the hair into a fluid wave along the hairline. 

    Image: Getty

  • Fendi

    The look: festival eyes

    For Fendi, make-up artist Peter Phillips took his cues from the festival set, creating patterns of pyschadelic colour across the eyelids. 

    To recreate: Cream formulas will have the best pigment-payoff to keep the look bright and playful - try NARS Paint Pots for a wide range of colours - and simply take to the face, like you would doodling in your notebook. 

    Image: Rex

  • Versace

    The look: bohemian chic

    Hair accessories are set to be big news this season, and there's no simpler way to wear one than the black headbands that Guido placed atop ultra-glossy hair at Versace. 

    To recreate: To get gloss like that, you need to start with with the basics. Try a shine-inducing shampoo like Diamond Oil High Shine Shampoo, £11.75, Redken (available at FeelUnique). Brush into a middle part and simply finish with a thin, elastic headband. 

    Image: Getty

  • Giamba

    The look: swiped eyes 

    Backstage at Giamba, make-up artist Val Garland told us she was creating a sense of 'punk purity' on the models' eyes. 

    To recreate: Use a kohl liner to sketch the shape first and then apply gel liner like Fluidline in Blacktrack, £16, Mac over the top with an angled brush for a precise line. 

    Image: Getty

  • Antonio Marras

    The look: crazy in love

    Backstage at Antonio Marras, the make-up artist told us the story behind this season's model. "She's so in love, its driven her a little crazy," he explained, which led him to create sore, tear-stained eyes and deep, blurred lips. 

    To recreate: You might not want to encircle your eyes with burgundy shadow, but the berry-toned lip is more than wearable. Use a lipstick like Lips in Depth, £8, Topshop and blend in a smudge of black kohl in the centre of the lips for a deeper, darker colour finish. 

    Image: Getty

  • I'M Isola Marras

    The look: club tropicana 

    After a run of shows that opt for 'no make-up, make-up' its always fun to see bold use of colour backstage. And that's exactly what we got at I'M Isola Marras from make-up artist Michele Magnani.

    To recreate: Coat the eyelid with a powder eyeshadow like Ingenious Powder Eyes in Yellow Gold, £13.50, RMK and then use a fuschia pink lip pencil to line the lower lash line, smudging well with a cotton bud. Finish with a coat of mascara. 

    Image: Getty

  • Giorgio Armani

    The look: fluffy curls

    It's safe to say, that between shows like Vivienne Westwood and Ermanno Scervino, curls are definitely high up on this season's beauty agenda. 

    To recreate: If you have natural curls, simply use a backcombing brush to gently tease the curls out. If your hair is straight, tong the entire head of hair using Hydrating Styling Cream, £23.75, Moroccanoil to give hair guts and hold, before spritzing with a texture spray.

    Image: Rex

  • Emporio Armani

    The look: party lashes

    Thought you left coloured mascara back in your teens with butterfly clips and cola-flavoured lipbalm? The bold pink lashes at Emporio Armani might just make you reconsider. 

    To recreate: After one coat of your regular black mascara, swipe a pink version like Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Printempts in Bohemian Pink, £25, YSL over the ends. 

    Image: Getty

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