In the Olympics of fashion, model Kaia Gerber just won the gold: a stunning campaign with Chanel. The bold-browed 16-year-old model was genetically blessed for runway success with Cindy Crawford as her mother, but she landed this major sponsorship all on her own. She proved herself by walking in the industry’s top shows for the past two Fashion Week seasons, securing her spot as a sartorial It girl.
If you followed her trail on the Fall/Winter 2018 runways, you likely lusted after the threads she wore from labels such as Chanel (of course), Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein. Since you can’t buy these wares yet, we’re giving you something instantly accessible (and a tad more affordable): the beauty-look breakdowns. Here, we curated nine of Kaia’s strongest hair and makeup styles from Fashion Month Fall 2018, as well as products to shop when recreating the looks at home.
At Alexander Wang, Kaia and the rest of the models wore their hair twisted up in ’90s-inspired banana clips. The barely there makeup and updos kept the spotlight on the cheekbones. The exact brand and shade used was NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross, an opalescent gold highlighter. If you only have time to put on one product before leaving the house, this has enough power to make you look subtly more glowy and awake.
Thank legend Pat McGrath for the gorgeous makeup at the Calvin Klein show. Here, Kaia’s skin looks clean and bright with a soft-pink cheek. Start with the Sisely Paris Instant Correct Color Primer to even out your complexion and add radiance. Then dust Armani Cheek Fabric to the apples of your cheeks. The thin-textured powder is buildable, so you can achieve a natural après-ski flush.
When Kaia’s hair is pulled back, it’s hard to focus on anything except her lush arches. Copy her full-brow look by feathering and brushing your own up using the spoolie end of the Yves Saint Laurent Eyebrow Pencil. Then fill them in with the colored pencil side making short, hairlike strokes. Brush them up again to evenly distribute the product and set it.
Polished hair and gorgeous skin carried this minimalist, fashion-girl face at Off-White. Before using a flatiron on your strands, prep your hair by applying Sally Hershberger’s 24K Gold Touch Nourishing Dry Oil from the middle to ends. Pro tip: Warm up the oil in your palms first. Keep skin clear and bright using nightly treatments like Sunday Riley Good Genes to plump skin while minimizing discoloration. You won’t even need foundation.
There are several methods to get the “rolled out of bed with perfectly rumpled waves” hairstyle seen at Isabel Marant. If your hair is curly, blow-dry it sleek keeping the roots relatively flat using a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. Then wrap sections around a large curling-iron barrel, leaving the ends straight. Those with finer hair, or with a naturally relaxed wave, can enhance it with the Ouai Wave Spray and let it air dry. No matter your path, finish with the Shu Uemura Texture Wave dry spray for that windblown effect.
After you take your attention away from Kaia’s beehive hairstyle, you’ll notice her sexy 1960s-inspired eyeliner. Copy this after-dark look by lining your eyes with a black kajal pencil, such as the Givenchy Magic Kajal Eyeliner. Invest in a proper brush (we like Kevyn Aucoin’s dual-ended Eyeliner/Smudger Brush) to diffuse the line and create a messy-cool wing. And if all else fails, load up on eyeliner and take a nap. When you wake up, you may see the same results.
For Chanel’s dreamy forest, Kaia rocked a messy bun and a clean face with peachy cheeks. Copy her monochromatic lip and cheek flush by dabbing Chanel’s Rouge Coco Lip Blush Hydrating Lip & Cheek Sheer Colour on both areas. Blend with your fingertips to create a sheer wash of color. And if it’s her effortlessly chic topknot you’d like to try, mist a texturizing hairspray like this classic from Oribe into your hair before twisting it up. The spray will give it extra grit and volume for a bun with personality.