In recent years, exotic eyeliner has become the norm when it comes to runway beauty trends. First there was the cat eye – the classic flick that everyone masters at one point or another. Then, Spring 2015 rolled around and things got a little more complicated. At Ann Demeulemeester, thick carbon smears in black and white were drawn across lids to make models appear carefree, yet daring, while makeup artists at Louis Vuitton used liner to draw on an exaggerated set of lashes.
Fast forward to spring 2016, where dramatic eyeliner saw no signs of being smeared away. While Cushnie et Ochs and BCBG Max Azria took a '90s approach to eyeliner by tightly coating models waterlines, Fendi strayed away from the lids all together, creating an arch above models eyelids.
The trend continued for Fall-Winter 2016/17, with Dries Van Noten's morning-after approach to eyeliner that took the smeared look to a whole new level. The look resembled that of a poorly washed face with liner running long past models lower lids. A more moderate version of the trend was also spotted at Topshop's spring-summer 2016 show, proving that this is one look we'll be taking to the streets for the next few seasons.
So, how do you take such a dramatic look and turn It into an appropriate, every-day look? Get The Look offers advice on how to take this trend from runway to real life.
To adopt this dramatic look without scaring your friends and co-workers, start by unifying your skin with a matte finish liquid foundation for a clean finish. Gently enhance your cheekbones with a nude blush pink, and work your eyebrows with a transparent gel mascara for a more elegant, sophisticated contrast to your edgy liner. By unifying and adding a touch of pink to your complexion, you'll create a cleaner, feminine look against your dramatic eyes.
Next, arm yourself (carefully) with black eye shadow and apply it on your upper lid and lower lash lines. Use your fingers to blur the colour on your lids, creating an uneven effect. Use a black kohl pencil liner to coat your water line, and leave your lashes bare if they're dark enough. Apply a thin stroke of mascara to blonde lashes for full effect.
Keep all focus on your eyes by playing down your lips, and applying a touch of nude lipstick with a matte finish for the final touch!
Your smeared away look is ready to wear!