Goth took on different faces this season, with Chanel going the soft and feminine route with smoky grey matte lids, and Dior and Chloe dialling up the drama with eyes rimmed in the most intense of black.
Creamy, non-waterproof eyeliners work best as the pigments are the most intense. Line around the eyes, giving a gentle flick at the outer ends for subdued seduction. Any mistakes can easily be cleaned up using your ring finger: Blend the flaw upward towards the brow bone, then apply a dark grey eyeshadow with a fluffy blending brush.
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KVD Vegan Beauty Anti-Precision Eyeliner in Trooper, $28, Sephora
KVD Vegan Beauty
Diorshow 24H Stylo in 091 Matte Black, $39, Dior
Les 4 Ombres in 334 Modern Glamour, $98, Chanel
There was no room for subtlety as the vivid, saturated hues of the ’80s made a triumphant comeback. Take your cue from Tom Ford with a full-on intense eye and lip. Or go the way of Bronx and Banco and Soeren Le Schmidt, and pick just one feature to play up with an audacious pop of unexpected colour.
Ramp up the vibrance by using an eyeshadow primer or spray on your favourite facial mist on an eyeshadow brush with synthetic bristles before dabbing it on the eyeshadow pan. The latter will give a foil-like finish when used with metallic eyeshadows.
M.A.C Eye Shadow in Memories of Space, $34, www.selfridges.com
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Turks And Caicos, $29, Sephora
Single Eyeshadow in Showgirl, $33, Nars
Natasha Denona Mini Tropic Eyeshadow Palette, $39, Sephora
It’s been a while since the last big brow trend (not since Cara Delevingne invaded the runways), so we welcome the flair at the top. Give your look a cool edge with artful eyebrow slits – as seen at Miu Miu – or add a touch of whimsy with graphic feathered brows such as those spotted at Yohji Yamamoto.
Comb through fluffy brows with a spoolie brush to neaten them before brushing on a brow gel in an upward motion. Sparse brows, in particular, will benefit from a tinted gel, which instantly makes things look thicker and fuller. To help brows stay in place all day, go for a heavy-duty gel such as Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Freeze.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze Brow Styling Wax, $38, Sephora
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow Duo in Black, $59, Sephora
Marc Jacobs Beauty
A scarlet pout never goes out of season and this time round, it’s the universally flattering blue-toned reds that showed up in full force. Dominating the runways was a matte, velvety finish that favours a more sophisticated and polished look.
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Shiseido Makeup Lip Liner Ink Duo in 07 Poppy, $40, www.zalora.sg
Rouge Hermes Matte lipstick in 68 Rouge Bleu, $105, Hermes
Rouge Unlimited Matte Lipstick in RD196, $44, Shu Uemura
Striking eyes continued their reign with new energy. Francesca Liberatore gave cat eyes an edgier vibe by switching out the outer flicks for horizontal V’s teamed with winged inner corners and subtle shimmer. Salvatore Ferragamo, meanwhile, upped the cool quotient by trading in regular black for arresting white.
Graphic lines require precision, which is exactly what liquid eyeliners deliver. Select one with a brush tip so it doesn’t drag along the lash line, giving you more control. The way to work liquid formulas is to map out the lines with a series of small dots and just connect them to complete the final look.
Eyeliner in Technical Black, $62, Byredo
Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner, $58, Sephora
Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, $35, Urban Decay
A version of this article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore