The Speedy Way to a Smoky Eye at Alberta Ferretti

The designer’s delicate flowers toughen up

Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.

SHOW: Alberta Ferretti

CITY: Milan

THE LOOK: Lived-in liner and a messy knot for a tough girl with a soft spot for flowy dresses

INSPO: Carine Roitfeld meets Kate Moss meets Frida Kahlo

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Val Garland, Hairstylist Guido Palau, Manicurist Keri Blair

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee and MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray, and MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Skin

TOP TIPS: To achieve the smudgy smoky eye seen on the runway, rim eyes with brown liner, then intensify with black. Skim the same black pencil along your waterline, add a dollop of clear gloss to lids, and you’re set. Garland’s reason for employing liner pencils over shadows is simple: “Speed. Plus, pencil looks cooler, whereas shadow can sometimes look commercial.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: “Ferretti is usually a soft romance, whereas this [season] is a strong romance,” said Guido Palau. “It’s not as poetic.” The mane master swapped dreamy waves and beautiful braids for a tough center part and a slick, undone knot. He pulled out a few fuzzy bits in front to prevent it from looking too “uptight.”

TREND TALLY: Black liner and greasy lids continue to reign. We saw the same cool-girl combo in New York at Baja East.

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