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The Best Beauty Looks From the Cruise 2018 Shows

The Cruise 2018 runway shows have come to an end, giving us plenty of inspiration for our summer beauty looks. What’s in this season? Exaggerated cat eyes, black ribbons and pearls, pearls, pearls (at least if Gucci has anything to do with it). Check out our fave cruise 2018 beauty looks below.


No-makeup makeup was the theme at Dior’s cruise 2018 show aptly titled, Dior Sauvage. “Maria [Grazia Chiuri] wanted to translate a look of a free, young woman, a strong woman, a fresh-faced girl enjoying nature—the look of Georgia O’Keefe,” Dior Makeup’s image director, Peter Philips told Vanity Fair. The raw, sun-kissed look was achieved using Dior Rouge lipstick in #642 Ready on the cheeks, nose bridge and eyelids to create a natural glow, rather than a tan, with the blush placed below the cheek downwards to mimic the appearance of a flush after running. As for hair? It was styled in messy plaits, accessorized with a black bow at the end.


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The theme of Chanel’s 2018 cruise may have been inspired by a Grecian Goddess, but the makeup look was more Cleopatra than Athena. Rather than going for a traditional cat eye, makeup artist Tom Pecheaux applied black Chanel liner along the bottom lash line and the inner corner, exaggerating the tail. The top lash line, however, was left bare. The rest of the face was left fairly natural, with no visible lip colour, blush or bronzer.

In terms of hair, it paid homage to the Grecian theme, with Sam McKnight bestowing various hairstyles on the models: braided half-ponytails and loose waves, all adorned with accessories such as bejewelled headbands, flower pins and black ribbons.

Louis Vuitton

MAJOR was an understatement when it came to Louis Vuitton’s beauty look. Pat McGrath used the latest creation from her lab, Dark Star #006, to create Kabuki-inspired makeup consisting of graphic eyeliner and brows and bright, vivid cheekbones. To keep the focus on the makeup, hair was left in soft, tousled waves, which added a romantic element to the look.


McGrath used Dark Star #006 for Valentino’s beauty look, too, which also consisted of a dramatic winged liner. This iteration was a bit bolder than Chanel’s look, but less extreme than Louis Vuitton’s. Let’s call it the middle child.


A stark contrast to Dior’s minimalist look, Gucci stuck to its “more is more” theme for both the fashion and beauty looks. Dip-dyed fingers were the manicure of choice, with nail artist Jenny Longworth covering models’ fingertips in black ink, similar to Lorde’s 2014 Grammy nail look. Ornate rings and hand pieces (some stars, some pearls) accessorized the mani.

The pearl theme reigned supreme for the rest of the beauty look, with models sporting the beads on their brows, hairline, face and throughout their strands. Hairstyles were varied, but included Rapuzel-esque braids, along with plaits tied underneath a model’s chin, to create a necklace of sorts.

As for the makeup itself? Clean, dewy faces with just a touch of blush on the cheekbones.