The Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated seven days of the season. The glitz, the glamour, the instant must-haves and the totally un-wearable garments that we still somehow desire to hang in our own humble closets. This year, however, I’ve found myself often more enraptured by the models stunning eye makeup than by even some of the flashiest frocks. While more dramatic looks may not be suitable for everyday street wear, a few of these toned down styles can give you the captivating stare you’ve been yearning to achieve. Without further ado, here are three runway inspired eye makeup tricks you can do at home:
Dewey Eyes – If you happened to catch any photos from the DKNY show last week, you probably noticed the models were sporting a gorgeous and simple natural glossy eye. It created this sort of effortless, delicate, just-rolled-out-of-bed look – or, you know, what we imagine supermodels look like when they roll out of bed. After a little research, I discovered that, rather than Vaseline (my first guess), or clear lip gloss, makeup artist Charlotte Willer used Maybelline’s Baby Lips Lip Balm ($4 at drugstores).
Smoky Eyes – Every year, there is at least one or two smoky eye looks that really seem to take the show. Generally, they’re coupled with the disheveled “hangover chic” facade that designers really seem to love. You know – the messy bun, the oversized sheer tops. In order to create a more smudged smoky eye without looking like a Tim Burton character, use black shadow or powdered liner instead of liquid or gel. Create a line as close to your lash line as possible, add a couple dots at the lower outer corners and smudge lightly with the tip of a clean makeup sponge.
Bright Eyes – As you can imagine, runway models become pretty exhausted during Fashion Week. They’re up early, out late and have little time between events to relax. Often, makeup artists create a more lively, wide-awake look by using beige liner (instead of black or white). This natural well-rested look takes less than two minutes to achieve – which makes it perfect for those rushed mornings when the alarm magically forgot to sound. While you may just be heading to another day at the office rather than a glamorous fashion event, at least you can look the part.