As Fashion Month takes its bow, it’s time to reflect: Which beauty trends totally rocked the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris? From glittery lids and lips to pops of neon and out of this world hair, here’s a peek at what to expect come Spring…
As glitter tends to do, it was absolutely everywhere this season. Jeremy Scott glued crystals along the lower lashes as a twinkling alternative to liner, and models’ fingers were dipped into glitter for digits that shone as they walked the runway. Gucci splashed colorful glitter around the eyes and sprinkled on some mascara-coated eyelashes. Dries van Noten also fancied rhinestones over classic makeup, placing them on the lips, parts, and around the eyes, while Christopher Kane took a more subtle approach, dusting some around eyes for a dewy glow. At Thom Browne, models’ entire faces were coated in a shimmering silver glow that looked semi-alien, semi-The Tinman, but totally vibed with his highly imaginative collection.
From New York to Paris, it was all about the eyes for Spring ’18. Ultra-thick winged black liner at Tom Ford lent to a more punk effect, while flecks of neon at the wingtips at Oscar de la Renta added a feminine but modern touch. Some of the girls at Marc Jacobs, like Winnie Harlow, got the full-on treatment, the eyelids completely caked in black liner from top to bottom. Ditto Tommy Hilfiger, where Joan Smalls channeled her punk glam side.
A riff on the pixie had a major moment for Spring ’18. While wigs allow these styles to be completely temporary, Gigi looked chic as ever in the short cut at both Moschino and Tom Ford. Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner also owned the ‘do, which begs the question—will they ever entertain a full-on chop?!
The natural, free-flowing hair and makeup look that dominated fashion weeks for several seasons (and still does) took a backseat at a few shows this season. An Egyptian-style barrette above the ears at Versace was a chic touch, while Marc Jacobs covered hair completely underneath a large, draping turban. A classic black sporty headband at Molly Goddard screamed wearability, and a Victorian bang paired with a low, curled pony tied in a ribbon at Erdem was simply beautiful.
At Missoni in Milan, lids were painted in pastel shadows for a liner-like effect. Meanwhile, Gucci took an ’80s approach with shadows in colors like purple that reached up to the brow-line and eyes lined in blue, and an electric pink pop on the lips.
While we aren’t expecting anyone to gel their curls upward like Frankenstein or tuck an assortment of knick-knacks into their hair, the coifs at Comme des Garçons were certainly admirable for their vision. Same for the hairstyles at Junya Watanabe—not a look you’d wear to, say, a family reunion or through airport security, but avant-garde and runway-cool nonetheless.