I Spy: Eye Makeup You’ll Need a Little Bravery For

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London’s calling, and it’s saying that it’s time to up your eye makeup game. We’re talking stick-on sequins, crystal-coated peepers, and a lot of color, all of which we saw splashed across the Fall/Winter 2020 runways of London Fashion Week. So, if you’re looking for a little inspo, look no further than these eye-catching beauty looks, guaranteed to have you reaching for your glitter pots and hot hues faster than you can say “eye spy”.


Colored Liner

Richard Quinn

It’s officially time to switch up your usual black kohl for a colored liner, as waterlines matched the dresses worn by models down the Richard Quinn runway. Inspired by Russian dolls, the beauty look designed by Isamaya Ffrench was all about pink flushed cheeks, colorful liners, and black flicks inspired by the stamps of the factory where the dolls were ‘created’.

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Silver Stares


Taking inspiration from Cecil Beaton’s silver prints, eyes at Erdem were slicked with shimmery silver leaf that was glued onto eyes before being broken up with the sweep of an eyeshadow brush. Silver stares, here we come.

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Tough Girl Glam


“The beauty look for Toga FW20 is modern, fresh, and sophisticated. For more impact and toughness, some models have an abstract wash of black eyeshadow across the crease,” explained NARS Global Artistry Director, Sada Ito. This warrior-like look was given a softer feel with glowing skin prepped to perfection with the ‘NARSkin Luminous Moisture Cream’, ‘Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation’, and brand new ‘Tinted Glow Booster’. Because who says tough can’t be feminine?

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Crystal Eyes


We use crystal rollers on our skin and to boost our wellness routines, but after seeing Ffrench’s gemstone beauty look for Halpern, we’ll be adding them to our makeup bags, too. Backstage, she smashed up crystals into various sizes before arranging them in a circular pattern around the eyes. Our crystal balls predict this bold trend will be a big one come fall.

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Sustainable Sequins

Paula Knorr

Over at Paula Knorr, makeup artist Holly Silius took sustainability and turned it into something seriously striking by using leftover embellishments to decorate the eyes. “We worked with The Sustainable Sequin Company, a young start-up and one of the first ones that create recycled sequins,” she revealed on Instagram. So, next time that pretty bead or sequin falls off your clothes, you know what to do…

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Pink Punk

Matty Bovan

You’ve never wanted pink eye, but the look at Matty Bovan is sure to change that. Inspired by American actress Cookie Mueller – who was known for her bold eye makeup looks – makeup artist Miranda Joyce flooded the eyes of models with fuchsia before adding a pop of coral on the inner corners for an edgy, tone-toned look.

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Smudgy Chic

Fashion East

Next time you smudge your mascara or end up with it smeared across your cheek after watching The Notebook yet again (no judgement), don’t panic because “rained on mascara” is now a thing, thanks to Fashion East. This dirty-eyed look inspired by the 90s, which was created by MAC’s Terry Barber, saw makeup artists use a mascara wand to create a “scratchy patchy messy splodge” for a raw, lived-in look that has us experimenting already.


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Color Pop

Rixo x Christian Lacroix

“To celebrate the Rixo FW20 collaboration with Lacroix, I wanted to marry the pops of color that Rixo is known for with the haute couture world of Christian Lacroix”, said NARS Global Makeup Artist Vincent Ford of his colorful creation. “Inspired by the Lacroix shows of the early 2000s, I used NARS’ new blush shades to create a soft smoky eye in a mix of Rixo’s bold shades and added a jewel to the inner corner for an element of glamour.”

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Metallic Magic

Simone Rocha

Known for his innovative approach to makeup and use of textures and materials, makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver didn’t disappoint when it came to his magical metallic creation for Simone Rocha. Using shimmery pink, red, and even jet-black fragments of foil, de Kluyver pressed them onto lids to make them look like paint had been streaked onto skin. Sublime.

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Horned Wings

Charlotte Knowles

Bored of your usual winged-liner look? Then take a page out of Charlotte Knowles’ book and turn your feline flick into a cowgirl-centric horn. For extra impact, use two clashing hues and ditch the mascara.

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Swinging Sixties


You can always rely on Ashish to bring the bold, bright, and crazy creations to the runway – especially when it comes to makeup. The FW20 look was all about the swinging 60s, with looks designed by makeup artist Daniel Sallstrom, all sparkling and shining under the runway lights. We’re talking glitter-packed pigments, fluoro hues, and loud liners aplenty.


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