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6 Runway-Inspired Eye Makeup Ideas

Make It Mod

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A simple swipe of black liquid liner gets a playful update when paired with a hint of platinum shimmer. Achieving the look is simple: Smudge cream metallic eyeshadow along your lower lid. Then line your top lash line with black liquid or cream liner, extending it slightly past the outer corner. The result? A black-and-white look that harkens back to the swinging 60s but is equally stylish today.

DIY essentials: Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Mousson ($24, and Black Valley Eye Paint ($25;

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Glittery Glamour

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Behold, your next party look: sparkly gold and bronzed lids as seen at Jason Wu. To create these luxe-looking lids, makeup artist Diane Kendal for Lancôme smudged the model’s lash lines and creases with black-brown pencil eyeliner. She then covered lids in a shimmering bronze shadow and topped with loose, gold glitter, applied with a damp eyeshadow brush. The finishing touch: black liquid liner across the top lash line and loads of black mascara.

DIY essentials: Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl in Black Coffee ($26,; Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour ($49;; and Makeup Forever Glitters in Metallic Tan Glitter ($15;

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Bright but Sheer

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We usually don’t consider lime green eyeshadow to be a very wearable shade, but when it’s super-sheer and worn without any eyeliner, it looks soft—not scary. At Costello Tagliapietra, makeup artist Maki Royki for MAC dusted lids and lower lash lines with the vibrant green or violet. To keep the look soft, Royki coated lashes with dark brown mascara, instead of bold black.

DIY essentials: MAC Pro Eyeshadow in Lime ($15; and MAC Zoom Lash in Lofty Brown ($16;

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Glossy Lids

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Here’s a slick idea: Add a hint of clear gloss to a metallic smoky eye like makeup artist Aaron de Mey for Sephora did at the Jill Stuart show. It gives lids a slight sheen and blends the black liner into a softer, grey-ish hue. To recreate it, line your upper and lower lids with a creamy black pencil and smudge into the crease. Then dab silver eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. Lightly pat lids with clear lip gloss. Finish with black mascara.

DIY essentials: Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil in Magic Black ($24;; Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette in The Starlet no. 204 ($59;; Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal ($19;

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White Out

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Cool new trend alert: white eyeliner and eyeshadow. Really. If you have any reservations, just check out this pretty and ethereal look done by makeup artist Alice Lane for Maybelline at Tibi. To get it, simply line your top lashes with a shimmery white, cream liner, extending it up and out past your outer corner. Then highlight the inner corners of eyes with the same shade. Done!

DIY essential: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool ($7;

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Sunset Shades

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To borrow a line from Katy Perry, “California girls are unforgettable”—and so is this look. Designer Trina Turk was inspired by the casual glamour of a California road trip—sparkling beaches, pink sunsets, and the laidback vibes. Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero delivered sunlit eyes with a peachy-pink shadow applied from lash line and blended just above the crease, and black mascara.

DIY essential: A peach shadow like Clay in Stila’s In the Know Eyeshadow Palette ($39;


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