Lately, a fascination with the fantastical has been all the rage. Less House of the Dragon, though, and more Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde’s much-memed sci-fi thriller, Jordan Peele’s alien cowboy epic Nope and enough Star Wars prequel series to fill an entire Netflix sub-section.
Reaching towards sci-fi driven stories might be helping to deliver us from the bleak monotony of the everyday, a mood which has wiggled its way onto SS23’s catwalks this season, in the form of otherworldly glam. If we can’t make sense of the future right now, why not slap it onto our faces? Galactic make-up is the beauty obsession du jour this season, from luminescent skin and metallic eyeshadows to iridescent under-eyes and barely-there brows.
Keep scrolling for our favourite cosmic cosmetic looks – and what products you’ll need to try them at home.
Thomas de Kluyver, Gucci Beauty’s global make-up artist, added to the house’s SS23 double trouble fantasy with radiant highlights framing the eyes and forehead. And no, you’re not seeing double – Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele cast 68 sets of identical twins for his Twinsburg show in Milan, leaving it to de Kluyver to amp up sky-high cheekbones with pale pink powder blush and glowing, far-out pouts.
Isamaya Ffrench used make-up from her namesake beauty brand, Isamaya Beauty, to paint rounded, ombré metallics onto models’ eyelids at KNWLS. Luminous, clean lines were emphasised by dewy complexions, while glitter was applied directly to the hairline for extra oomph. “Leather and latex, concrete walls buzzing with techno music, piercings and rubber, flesh, strength and self-possession,” Ffrench told THE FACE on what inspired her line of coveted Industrial products. That’s cosmic enough for us.
Beyond wildly stomping down the runway this season, Vaquera’s models were covered in a healthy sci-fi halo courtesy of make-up artist Fara Homidi, who went all out by rubbing shimmering lilac eyeshadow around the eyes, with opalescent lipstick to match. Slickly styled hair finished off each look, reflecting the show’s speed metal soundtrack and irreverent garments to perfection.