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It’s time to bust out your best black liners and shadows, because the graphic eye is set to be one of the biggest makeup trends for fall. The Fall/Winter 2015 season saw countless bold, artful eye looks on the runway—some totally wearable, others requiring a slightly less heavy-handed approach. Paired with fresh, dewy skin and a barely-there lip color, they may not always be suitable for the light of day, but there’s nothing more perfect than a cat-eye or smoky eye kicked up a notch.
We took three of our favorite graphic eye looks for the season and figured out how to re-create them in a way that’s straightforward and easy to wear, not complicated or meant strictly for the pros. Get them down to a science now, and you’ll be right on target all season long.
Put a graphic spin on your traditional cat-eye by extending the lines and creating sharp, almost polygonal edges, like they did at Chanel. As dramatic as the look may be, it’s actually inherently wearable, given that the cat-eye is flattering on just about everyone. A soft, slightly sheer finish makes it a little less severe, and going light on shadow on the lid while focusing on the crease keeps eyes looking bright. For this one, you’ll want to use a pigmented powder shadow, like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout ($19), and an angled brush to get the lines just right.
If a smoky eye is more your speed, this take from Cushnie et Ochs infuses a graphic touch in the form of thin, pointed lines at the inner and outer corners. You’ll want to line very close to the eye on the upper and lower lash line and out through the corners; using a fine-tipped liquid liner keeps the lines precise. Then smudge a shimmery dark-gray shadow all over the top lid and just a bit on the bottom. The shimmer should be visible but not over-the-top, so opt for a gunmetal shade like MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in ME108 Steel (Metallic) ($21).
Want some color? The graphic eye at Céline eschewed black in favor of a bright metallic teal. We wouldn’t consider this application technique particularly wearable, but a similar color and shape can still work. Use your ring finger to apply a smear of a cream shadow formula, like Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Nightfall ($25), from the inner to outer corner of your lid, following the natural shape of your eye. Use a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover to clean up the outer edge to create that graphic look in a way that translates a little better off the runway.