50 Statement Eyes To Sport This Fall

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50 Statement Eyes To Sport This Fall
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Now that autumn is nearly upon us, we’re ready to revisit some of the standout Fall 2015 looks we saw march down the runway back in February. One thing is clear: This season is all about the eyes.

We gathered some of our favorite statement looks we saw during Fashion Month to give you endless inspiration for your fall beauty endeavors. From metallic shadows to graphic liner, check out the eye makeup we can’t wait to wear and tips on how to re-create them.

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There's a cat-eye, and then there's the Amy Winehouse—a far-flung wing that takes eyeliner to rock 'n' roll levels of cool. It's also simple enough to do, with big payoff—just stretch that wing as far as you wish like the models at A Detacher.

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A swipe of winged-out graphic liner on your lower lid is unexpected, and can even slightly alter your eye shape. Try this look, seen at Anteprima, instead of your standard upper wing.

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Bold bright eye colors aren't just for summer. If you take a page from Au Jour Le Jour and stick to jewel tones, you can wear them well into fall. Opacity and shape are the key things to focus on, so something with crisper edges looks much more modern than it would blended.

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For a lash-centric statement, focus only on the lower lashes a la Blugirl. It's a subtle way to give your eyes a much different look than coating your top lashes alone.

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Jean-Pierre Braganza showed contrasting sharp lines and air-brushed color above and below the lids for an artistic alternative to liner and shadow. While a bit avant garde, this technique makes your eyes appear bigger.

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If you can accessorize your hair, not why your eyes? These feathers at Véronique Branquinho look so pretty paired with a wash of monochrome eye makeup. This is definitely a party look, but you can get away with lots of texture and embellishment if they're all in the same color family.

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As Chalayan proved, pastel shadow can look fresh and unexpected when placed in a place other than your eyelid—like right above the crease. It gives your eyes a modern haze of color.

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A cut crease is worth the time and skill it takes to perfect when it looks as cool the one at Tsumori Chisato, which took a simple cat-eye to much more dramatic proportions.

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The modern flapper look at Cividini calls for lots of a deep shimmery color blended around the eye, and not a whole lot of anything else. The look is darkly romantic when done with an aubergine color.

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Haphazard swipes of color over the eyes (and brows) are an arthouse way to create a daring abstract look, like the one at Zero + Maria Cornejo. We dare you to try it.

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Double-winged liner like the one seen at Daks is here to stay and we really can't complain. Leveling up your cat-eye with minimal effort is always a good thing.

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We swooned when we first saw this "disc" of color. Fun fact: Using a wet sponge-tip applicator (the kind you get in old-school eyeshadow palettes) is the easiest way to create a bold shape like this. At least that's what Peter Phillips did for Dior.

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Somewhere in between smoky and sharp lies this amazing eye makeup look from Elie Saab. Mixing the two textures is a chic update for a classic smoky eye.

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Gold foil lids like these from Elie Saab Haute Couture are one of our favorite ways to get down with the metallic eye trend this fall. It's so eye-catching, you really don't need anything else on your face.

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Remember discussing Pointillism in Art History class? Why not try combining that with beauty, as Eudon Choi did to create this fun colorful look. The key is to focus on formation, so it doesn't look unintentionally dotty.

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Whether you love or hate the clumpy lash look, you can fake it with your eyeshadow by using a wet brush to paint on a dark shadow, as Fendi did here. It'll serve as a backdrop to your lashes that are already coated in volumizing mascara to create a visually more chaotic look.

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Tweaking your liquid liner to mimic Elisabetta Franchi's graphic take on a mini cut crease makes a classic look suddenly way cooler. Just lightly draw the upper line and drag it to meet the lower line at the outer wing point, before filling in.

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Mara Hoffman made the ultimate case for mixing metallics with this two-toned look. Don't be afraid to combine warm- and cool-toned metallics either—each lends the other a depth or highlight for a high-contrast look that requires minimal effort.

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Pink eye makeup always looks pretty, but when you choose a juicier pink that's saturated in pigment like this one at J Mendel, it makes the look much more vibrant and alluring. Don't be afraid to amp up your pinks this fall.

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Try an earth-toned smoky eye with a hint of gloss, as seen at Maison Rabih Kayrouz. You can use actual eye gloss, but if you find that too unwieldy, the sheerest wash of a pale micro-shimmer powder shadow can mimic the look.

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Lots of people gravitate towards black when executing a dramatic eye, but stark white (as seen at Kenzo) can be even more dramatic in a really unexpected way. Also, it brightens your eyes and makes them appear bigger.

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If you're going to go clumpy as at Nanette Lepore, two things are required: Wear mascara and only mascara on your eyes, and pair it with a bold lip to make the chaotic nature of your lashes look intentional.

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This brush-streak, dark-winged liner look from Véronique Leroy is equal parts Black Swan and biker-chick rebel. It's definitely one to sport when you have zero patience for anyone messing with you.

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For the coolest smokey eye, reach for jewel-toned metallic eyeshadows and black sooty liner. Color is what makes this rebellious look from Monique Lhuillier fun!

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Red eyeshadow is a statement for sure—it looks so cool and you don't need to add much more. Just make sure to prime your lids and even out your eye area with concealer before applying so the red doesn't crease or blend in with any redness that may already be around your eyes—we're going for fierce and fiery like at Antonio Marras, not inflamed.

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Sometimes you just want a classic smoky eye. Sticking with one shadow color like at Pascal Millet is much more effortless and modern than doing the whole tri-color contour.

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We love this peach and gray color combo from Bibhu Mohapatra. It's bright without being clownish and even a bit sporty looking.

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The easiest way to create a double wing like Mugler's? Just draw a line from your eye crease and wing out above your cat-eye. Another perk of this look: it gives the illusion of flirty lashes.

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You can make a statement eye with a neutral-toned shadow, as Naeem Khan demonstrated. This medium-brown color swept up to the brows is reminiscent of a Victorian romance novel, especially when paired with a wine-colored lip.

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This ribbon of graphic liner from Paco Rabanne looks cool and architectural. Note that it's easier to create this with a waterproof eyeliner pencil or gel liner than your usual liquid liner.

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The angular shape of this deep brown shadow blended towards the brows, seen at Christine Phung, takes the smoky eye in a much more aggressive Siouxie Sioux direction. It's all about that vertical line from the beginning of your brow to your eye's inner corner. The rest just calls for good blending skills.

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We're all about these organically-shaped swipes of stark black liner at Rochas. With soft rounded edges, the look is graphic without being too harsh.

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Sooty black kohl boldly lining your bottom eyelid, like at Francesco Scognamiglio, looks edgy and mysterious. It's a look that's been in vogue since ancient Egyptian times, so why stop now?

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Color fiends, this Jeremy Scott look is for you. When shaped boldly over the eye, gobs of color (courtesy of MAC's Paint pots) make a huge statement in the simplest way. Leave the rest of your face bare, so this one can be heard loud and clear.

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We can't talk about statement eyes without incorporating the glitter look from Tadashi Shoji. If you go for larger particle-sized glitter and press it onto your eyelids sparingly so they don't overlap, you can create a disco ball effect without losing as many of specks.

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Gold glitter over gold shadow is another way to get a high-impact look (like this one from Temperley London) without using too much glitter. Mixing mediums works in your favor.

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Try using sequin paillettes for bigger specks of shine. Choose an opalescent color like the one seen here from Temperley London and your lids will sparkle with an ethereal sheen.

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Eye gloss can make an impact when utilized on all your most reflective angles, as seen at Trussardi. Hit the apex of your eye and the inner corners. It'll make your skin look more luminous in contrast.

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Play with your lines a bit—it just takes a simple shape or angle change to give your liner a cooler edge a la Anthony Vaccarello. Not all statements have to be huge.

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Purple eyeliner is always cool for a colorful eye look. Lining your eyes with ta bright plum color like at Michael Van Der Ham instantly gives your look a punk vibe, even if the lines are this neat.

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Pink is super pretty when used as the "shadow" in your contoured eye makeup look. Follow the lead of Vanessa Seward and use pink shadow anywhere you'd normally place the darkest shade in a smoky eye look—you'll end up with a brighter take on the nighttime staple.

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This fairy-green eyeshadow from Versace Haute Couture is definitely in our rotation this fall. It's more leafy than pastel and with a metallic finish, the look is super fresh and updated.

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We are in love with VFiles' glitter comet-trail on this overdrawn black cat-eye. It combines two of our favorite things: space and cats. Also, it's dead-easy to do. Just dab glitter over a shimmery black gel liner you use to create the cat-eye before it dries and sets.

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You may not think blending purple shadow under your eyes is a good idea, but used sparingly, like at Victoria Beckham, it looks sophisticatedly dreamy. The black liner on the waterline also gives it a bit of contour.

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The great thing about having light-colored peepers is that dark smoky eyes look amazing with them (see: this model from Diane Von Furstenberg). Seriously, don't be afraid to go dark if you've got pale eyes.

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This turquoise-to-bronze ombre eyeshadow from Karen Walker is so killer. If you didn't think you could pull off blue eyeshadow, here's a way to warm up to it—just blend it into a brown or deep neutral shade.

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We're so into gold metallic eyes, like these from Luisa Beccaria. If you're not sure how to wear them, try it with a bold lip—this deep plum lip makes the gold look that much richer.

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Ever think about matching your eyeshadow to your hair color? This is a super fun tip for redheads to try, but brunettes and blondes can have at it too. Here at Jasper Conran, it really ties together a look in such a simple way.

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An electric blue underline looks so sporty but abstractly sexy when paired with a stripe on top of your lids, like seen here at John Paul Gaultier. The trick is not to let that bottom line float too far below your eyes.

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A multi-winged liner look like this one from House Of Holland takes things to way more dramatic levels than merely one wing alone. If you skip lining near your lashes, you won't have to worry about possible creasing. It's all about those wing-tips anyway.

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