Neon Sci-Fi Eyeliner Is Fashion Week's Most Extra (Terrestrial) Make-Up Trend

If Prada's doing it, we're doing it.

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Every time fashion week comes around, we're in turn presented with a new pop culture reference/decade throwback/re-imagining of a classic (delete as appropriate) to feast our eyes on and recreate quicker than you can say Guido Palau.

Whether Gareth Pugh's car mechanic 80s power woman with oil slick make-up to match, or the paintbox bright 60s eyeshadow of Ashish's Bollywood actresses, hair and make-up pros have backstage inspo boards to rival Girls' Shoshanna.


Taking things extraterrestrial for AW18 were Jeremy Scott and Prada who turned to space for hair and make-up looks that were out of this world, literally.

An homage to Luc Besson's The Fifth Element which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Scott sent a rainbow army of models adorned with neon blunt cut wigs and 3D paper cut out eyeliner down the runway. Or, as we're dubbing the futuristic take on a classic cat eye, sci-fi eyeliner.

Imagined up by make-up pro Kabuki, who personally hand cut no less than 90 wing tips in a palette of highlighter bright green, orange, yellow, blue and pink, the intergalactic make-up look was created with Jeremy Scott's own capsule collection for MAC.

Also taking the opportunity to launch an eponymous make-up product with serious cosmic vibes was the make-up Mothership, Pat Mcgrath at Prada.


Using her latest Pat McGrath Labs drop, the Subversive: La Vie En Rose eye palette, McGrath created glittering graphic winged eyes in shades of purple and electric blue and studded with Swarovski crystals.

Starting in the centre of the eye and geometrically jutting towards the temple, Prada's embellished eye make-up looked right at home amongst a day-glo collection that referenced futuristic city scapes, LED skylines and Prada's own architectural addition, the OMA-designed Fondazione Prada.

Ever one to take things to the extreme, Jeremy Scott followed up his New York nod to iconic sci-fi pop culture with an alien army of Jackie O's at Moschino. Swapping space odyssey-inspired eyeliner for on-the-nose green and blue body paint and eerily perfect wigs, Scott's retro vision of space was more Martian, than wearable make-up.

We'll stick to the neon eyeliner.

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