Spanning silver lids and tousled waves – These are the Copenhagen beauty highlights we want to nab now
Copenhagen Fashion Week was better than ever this season with its viral moments, plentiful street style innovation, and runway inspiration. And after this glimpse of what's to come, Vogue Scandinavia's editors are examining the sartorial shifts and waves set to ripple from the Danish capital.
Of course, we've covered the best street style trends to work into our current wardrobe rotation and have rounded up the runway highlights. But the easiest trends to steal from the runway – or street style, for that matter – and adopt straight away comes complimentary of beauty counters everywhere.
Hair stylists and makeup artists deliver just as much style magic during fashion week as the designers in the spotlight. And that's why we've turned our focus to the best beauty trends from Copenhagen Fashion Week to take on board now.
Make way for the vampy '90s lip
What began to bubble with Hailey Bieber, and the restock of Clinique's coveted cult-product Black Honey, has now boiled over. Copenhagen Fashion Week was awashed with lined (so-called) 'brownie' pouts. Be they glazed or matte, these lips had us feeling nostalgic for the late '90s and early naughties, a pop-culture era which has recently ruled fashion trends as well.
The best way to replicate the look is to reminisce. Refer to pictures of iconic women from the time: supermodels like Naomi Campbell perfected the look, while Beyoncé sported the dark lined lip during her Destiny's Child days. Looking to TV screens at the time, Faith's statement lip in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Shannen Doherty's brown shade as Brenda in Beverly Hills 90210 serve up ample inspiration. And who can forget Rachel's ineffable lips in Friends?
The way Copenhagen developed this delicious pout was through contrast. Glowy skin was left with a barely-there wash of makeup, eyelashes were worn natural, and eyebrows were kept sharp to complement the dark stain. So sharpen your lip pencils and pucker up, this is the trend you want to get onto now.
Catch on to salt-water waves and curls
Beach waves are the true embodiment of summer. But in Copenhagen, hairstylists proved that salt-strewn tousles can be a year-round look – naturally derived from a day spent in the surf or a manipulated midwinter mane. This is another trend we can thank the '00s revival for, but today these wet and gritty-looking curls have evolved to lean on the subtle side. A little more dishevelled, if you will. That said, this carefree hairstyle can be surprisingly hard to achieve, especially when you're fighting against your natural texture.
For those with fine strands, perfecting the salt-water wave comes down to product. More specifically, being strategic with product. Starting with damp, towel-dried hair, take salt spray or texturising lotion and apply a small amount – roughly two pumps – only to the mid-section and scrunch it.
As for thick and straight hair, the same steps are applied except that you should levitate towards a stronger hold in your products – and perhaps add a turn with the curling iron if necessary. Curly textures require moisturising cream to help stretch out the strands, while coarser or frizzier hair could also use a dose of moisturising cream or oil to help soften the hair before you apply any salt spray.
A dash of sliver sheen
We previously covered A. Roege Hove's tin-man liner for its runway at Copenhagen Fashion Week autumn/winter 2023, which delivered one of these silver sheen looks. Working on the "idea of the future," it perfectly balanced nostalgic pop culture references and modern metallic minimalism. It is based on "the idea of the future as seen from the past," makeup artist Rikke Dengsø said of the look. "It's close yet so far."
At Lovechild 1979's show, a silver sentiment was shared. Silver was applied with painterly precision on the lids of the models: two brush strokes placed just so.
Both brands worked with a raw base, the skin perfectly plump and with an effervescent glow with freckles and beauty spots visible and untouched. Feathery, brushed up brows and a slight contour helped reinforce the no nonsense appeal of the base, while lips were kept glazed for a perfected pout to complement the futuristic eye.
To achieve both looks, you need to rely on loose pigment and a mixing medium. Not only does this ensure a liquid finish with punched up pigments, it is also the only way to replicate the brushed-on effect at Lovechild 1979 and perfected liner at A. Roege Hove.
Honing in on hair embellishments
Over the past couple of years, hair accessories have been making a grand return on to the runway and been spotted on street stylers. We've seen the meteoric rise of the claw clip, a bounty of beret clips, and an onslaught of scrunchies and hair bows.
All things considered, embellished hair 'dos aren't exactly a new trend. But the copious amounts of hair jewellery in Copenhagen still caught our attention. Mostly due to its joyful innovation of hair embellishments as a whole.
We saw safety pins dotting the slicked back bun of one show-goer, while another adorned her short bob with multiple bedazzled berets. On the runway, Mark Kenley Domino Tan perched silver fascinators atop the model's sleek 'dos while Helmstedt collaborated with Danish jewellery Maanesten on otherworldly pieces topping the brand's ethereal looks.
Just like the brooch, this is the best way to zhoozh up your ensemble. Even the most minimal combination of white shirt and black tailored trousers topped with these glistening get-ups is bound to impress.