From Christian Siriano's sparkly glitter tears to the electric pop liner at Prabal Gurung, the most recent autumn/winter shows were all about a show-stopping eye makeup moment. (Only time will tell what the Australian fashion week schedule serves up, but we're betting on more of the same.) After these delightful sightings way back in February, we've been asking whether or not these out of the box looks could work IRL. The answer is, of course, probably not. (Although if you have an opportunity to wear glitter tears, we say go for it.) High on runway inspiration, we set out to create three eye makeup looks just as incredible as those spotted backstage, but also wearable. Mission accomplished, but better yet, we did it using a single product. Say hello to Marc Jacobs Beauty's Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon.
It may seem ambitious to rely on a single eyeliner to achieve three very different (but equally breathtaking) trends, but the precision, versatility and staying power of the product means it functions as a liner, eyeshadow, and highlighter in one. In fact, when the best-selling gel pencil first landed in Sephora Australia, we knew after one play it was all we needed to create a variety of looks. Our makeup artist on the shoot below wholeheartedly agreed—the moment she swiped the liner over the model's lids, we all knew we were in for some magic.
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Fashion Credits: Manning Cartell Primary Knit Top ($299)
When Karl Lagerfeld showcased Chanel's vintage-inspired autumn/winter '17 collection at Paris Fashion Week, we knew it was only a matter of time before the '60s mod eye made its way back. We may not have experienced the 1960s ourselves, but if we did, this is how we’d have done it. A perfect alternative to a slick of liner, wear this is you want to stand out.
1. Start by using a dark shade to draw a three quarter line above your upper eye lid. We used Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Fine Wine.
2. Swap to a lighter shade—try the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Mist Me—and mark a dot just past the outer corner of your eye. This will help create a guide for the second line.
3. Draw the second line outwards in a wing shape to meet your guide mark, then bring it down underneath your lower lash line. If you have an unsteady hand, don't stress—the product allows 15 seconds of play time so you can use a a cotton tip to finesse.
3. Finish off with a slick of Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Pink of Me along your waterline. Adding a lighter shade inside your eye adds dimension.
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Fashion Credit: Realisation Par The Cher Daisy Top ($140)
After seeing Valentino's models saunter down the brand's autumn/winter runway wearing stiletto cat-eyes, we immediately adopted the look as an upgrade to our traditional flicks. With a choice of 15 shades in the Marc Jacobs Beauty Matte Highliner range, we also re-created the look using bold colours. (Because, why not?)
PRO TIP: Sharpen your pencils every time you use them for super-precision.
1. Start by dotting in a guide of where you want your cat-eye to end. Take a Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Whirlpool and draw a line from your lash line to the point guide.
2. Carry the blue line down to the inner corner of your eyes and add a touch of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Pink of Me around the outer edges.
3. Finish off your eyes by lining the bottom waterline with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Blacquer for intensity.
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Fashion credits: Carla Zampatti Black Taffetta Flamenco Dress ($929)
Jordan Dunn wore the smoky berry eyes at La Perla's A/W show so well, we've been dreaming about them since. This look is easy to recreate and perfect for a smoldering date night with your SO.
1. Start by smudging Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Fine Wine on your hand, blurring it with your ring finger, and applying the colour to your eye lid with a tapping motion. (This gives a beautiful soft effect minus any blending.)
2. Create a soft liner under your lower lashline using a cotton tip to apply a little of the smudged colour here.
2. Next, take Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Grape Vine and apply directly to your top and bottom lashline.
3. Blend a second layer of colour over your lid for dimension (we used Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon, $36, in Brownie.) Repeat step 1 but use a different finger.
4. Finish off with Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($36) in Blacquer, applying it to both the top and bottom waterline.
PRO TIP: For extra dramatic vibes, keep building up the colour.
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Model: Bridget Hollitt/Chic; Photographer: Sevak Babakhani; Makeup: Jasmin Lo; Hair: Anthony Nader for Oribe; Styling: Amanda Stavropoulos; Creative Direction: Lisa Patulny.