Day 1: Milan Best in Beauty

Two shows, one theme..

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By Amy Lawrenson

After waking up at 5am, taking a flight to Milan and jumping in a taxi I arrived at Etro's backstage looking markedly less glamorous than everyone there.

At the entrance to backstage I was met by a 'bouncer' in black asking me 'photo?' And making the universal hand sign for camera, pretending to click away. This was because I had my suitcase which housed my clothes, rather than photography kit.

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Once I made it backstage I was met by fresh-faced models with enviably glowing skin and gorgeous hair. It's 'quintessentially Brazilian beauty' said Charlotte Tilbury who was using MAC. All sepia tones with a 70s vibe.

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MAC Face and Body foundation moonlighted as wash-off tan, using shades C5 or C7 it gave complexions a honey hue.

A pinky blush gave a wind burnt look while Sculpting Cream in Copper Beech on eyelids and Coffee pencil at the roots of the lashes created a sexy, sultry eye.

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Wella's Eugene gave models 'rich girl going to a party after a day in the beach' hair. Hair we all want right?

Over at Iceberg Mark Hampton was styling surfer girl hair using a 1 inch tong to create random waves. 'It's tricky to get waves into hair without it looking too Pussycat Dolls on tour' he told me. But the key is to not be too precise with your tonging.

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A little Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Spray gave hair that beachy feel.

Make-up was minimal - no colour at all. Lucia Pica used MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna mixed with balm to highlight cheekbones. A straight line of blacktrack was used in place of mascara to give eyes intensity without the pretty.

I'm in love with the straight brows Lucia and her team created with brow pencil and gel. Will be trialling this look later...

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