Beauty Buys Inspired by Milan Fashion Week & Beyond


Editors, celebs and front-row fixtures might be able to get their hands on next season’s merchandise now, but for the average consumer, you’re left waiting. If you don’t have that kind of patience and want to jump on some of the S/S 17 trends now to stay ahead of the curve, beauty buys are the way to go.

Scoping out the runways in Milan and beyond provides you with plenty of hair and cosmetic trends to keep you one, probably two fashionable steps in front of everyone else. Drawing inspiration from the eyes, lips, brows and hairstyles that were sent down the catwalk, we’ve compiled a quick shopping list to fill your vanity and get your S/S 17 beauty buys stocked ahead of schedule.

Beauty Buy 1: Color Shadow Sticks

We love a shadow stick for its ease year-round, but for the coming spring and summer season, you’ll want to re-up in a number of hues. Armani showcased bright, bold pops. And at No. 21, it was all about a rainbow of a smokey eye. You’ll want to have a couple different shades on hand to get in on all the vibrant action.

No. 21 Inspired Shadow Sticks

Full Throttle Shadow Stick, $6.50, NYX Cosmetics

Beauty Buy 2: Glitter Lipstick

Move over, Kylie. Matte lips are taking a back seat to sparkling futuristic alternatives, thanks to Fendi. Get the look — and be ready for dazzling snap-worthy, Instagram photos — by covering your colored lips in dazzling glitter, courtesy of another cosmetics launch from high-profile makeup artist Pat McGrath.

Fendi-Inspired Glitter

Pat McGrath Lust 004 Lipstick Kit, $60, Sephora

Beauty Buy 3: Hair Gel

Whisky strands get a sporty and stay-put update courtesy of a little hair product weighing them down. Whether you have bangs or just a few layered tendrils, add a classic styling tool — hair gel — and let them dry down in the face for a beauty look straight out of the Simone Rocha show. Just choose one with a flexible hold.

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Models at Simone Rocha show. Source: Vogue

Simone Rocha-Inspired Hair Gel

Aussie Mega Hair Gel – Flexible, $3.99, Walgreens

Beauty Buy 4: Natural Brow Gel

The bigger brow has been trending again for a few seasons, but this time around, it’s taking a more natural form. Full and bushy is where it’s at this season — a depature from the big and dramatic brows you’ve seen lately. The easiest way to achieve the look is with a brow-enhancing gel that adds fibers or at least clings to the hair around the brow. Gimme brow does it in one step.

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Versace model. Source: Vogue

Versace-Inspired Brow Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow, $24, Sephora

Beauty Buy 5: Tiny Rubber Bands

A single hairstyle? Boring. Cavalli challenged the notion by adding some texture to models’ hair with a few tiny braids thrown in the mix. Secure your small plates with tiny, clear rubber bands, and everyone’s favorite childhood brand, Goody, that perfectly fit for the part.

Robert Cavalli model. Source: Vogue

Roberto Cavalli-Inspired Hair Accessory

Goody Clear Glitter Rubber Bands, $6.27, Walmart

Will you be picking up any of these beauty buys? Let us know!


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.