I just got back from Milan where there are always countless people behind the scenes and backstage, whose business is fashion and models’ beauty. There aren’t just designers, but stylists, makeup artists, nails and manicure professionals, accessories designers, hairstylists. Together they work as a synchronised team, making sure that the models look flawless; don’t think it’s an easy task, because some of the girls can be unkept and only become beautiful when a group of people is working on their look and perfect stylings. Besides the interviews I did with the designers, talking about their collections and the trends, I also wanted to get a professional opinion about the mistakes that women usually make, whether in fashion, beauty or styling and hairstyles. I chose the most interesting (and in my opinion the most common) ones.
Gato ‒ makeup artist. Women choose the wrong foundation by buying a shade that does not resemble their complexion, but the tan they wish they had. It’s most often too dark, so take more time choosing your foundation, look carefully and try it on the wrist in natural lighting, if possible.
Lottie ‒ makeup artist. Our makeup isn’t precise, and we think it doesn’t show. The worst happens, when we don’t even take ten minutes for an acceptable makeup that really doesn’t take up that much time. Sloppiness is a mistake that becomes more and more apparent as the years pass.
Pat McGarth ‒ makeup artist. We apply too much makeup. As the years go by, we’re supposed to pay more attention to the quality of our skin and so don’t need as many products. And while things are different at night, when we can get away with more makeup, we shouldn’t look like we’re wearing a smokey-eyes-red-lipstick mask during the day. All of that just accentuates the wrinkles.
Michele Magnani ‒ makeup artist. Glitter during the day and inprecise makeup at night: it’s a mistake, because there are boundaries between evening and day makeup. A woman needs to know what she wants, because there is no in-between makeup. Strong colours are more appropriate for evening occasions, a nude makeup is for daytime adventures.
Monica Coppola ‒ hairstylist. Unkept hair is a common mistake women make. We live in a time, when mess hairstyles are hugely popular, but messy doesn’t mean dirty. It’s obvious, if the hair is clean and made to look messy, that is why it stays where it’s supposed to. Nobody likes an unkept woman.
Franco Curletto ‒ hairstylist. Grey hair is not attractive, and while there are some exceptions, there are very few. Nowadays, nearly every woman dyes her hair, and it’s a real surprise, if we run into one that doesn’t. There are so many colours there is not a chance you can’t find one for yourself, what matters is to let a hairstylist handle it and demand good advice from them.
Elena Ghisellini ‒ handbag designer. A handbag is closely linked to the personality of the woman wearing it, but there are many women out there who still don’t take enough time to choose a good bag, they choose fake replicas or a plastic model that really don’t do them any favours. A good bag says everything about style.
Giuseppe Zanotti ‒ shoe designer. We don’t wear enough male shoes, we lack the courage, but they’re so sexy. If we opt for high heels, they need to be gorgeous and … high! A 5 centimetre heel is interesting, but not the best for the average woman. Once we get to the office, we can always change shoes, like American women have been doing for the past 50 years.
Pedro Lourenço ‒ La Perla designer. We choose the wrong undergarments, not realising that the essence is hidden from the eyes. The thing we have to pay the most attention to is the bra, and that is why we should pay a bit more for it; after all it has to be flawless and last for some time. Low budget brands unfortunately don’t have that in their offer, because they use low quality materials.
Ermanno Scervino ‒ stylist and designer. A lot of women don’t know how to take their personality into account and just dresses according to the latest trends. That is not style. A woman with style generally doesn’t change much, because she is fully aware of where she’s going and what she wants, so fashion doesn’t change her, but instead only complements her.
Gaia Trussardi ‒ stylist and designer. Women don’t put enough emphasis on basic pieces such as a blazer: a good blazer takes care of everything, even when we wear it with jeans.
Anna Molinari ‒ stylist and designer. Blindly following fashion does not mean one has style. We can see all sorts of things on the streets: turbans, pink hair, stripes and flowers, legs too short for culottes … and it just doesn’t look nice. A moment can become fashionable or creative, but that’s just experimenting with a lack of respect for fashion. You can get away with anything when you’re twenty, but by the time you’re thirty you’re supposed to know where you’re going.