The autumn-winter runways inspire three dramatic facial looks, writes Tama Lung

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:44am



The eyes are perhaps the only part of the face where make-up artists can really go crazy with colour, texture and embellishment. And that's just what they did this season, from the pop art-inspired paillettes at Miu Miu to the peacock-shaded lids at Prabal Gurung.

"Autumn-winter 2012 is a season of contrasts. It's a season of artistry," says Pat McGrath, global creative design director for Max Factor and creator of the "illustrated eye" look at Miu Miu.

"Feel free to get creative with this," says Ho. "Go to the arts and crafts store and find a decoration that speaks to you. Or if you have a steady hand, use a liquid eyeliner to draw a few swirls around the outer corner of one eye and top it with a bit of glitter."

This season, brands such as NARS and RMK are offering colourful eye shadows with varying levels of shimmer to be layered or worn alone.

One of the easiest ways to add interest is to play up the lashes. M.A.C and Shu Uemura offer false lashes in a rainbow of colours and unusual textures.

"If you're wearing a smoky eye glamour look, choose some long and thick false lashes, even some that have patterns and feathers," Ho says. "They're fun for a party." She also recommends using a lash glue that comes out white, so that you can see where it's applied, and then dries clear.

"Wait until the glue is half dry before you stick them on, and get as close to your own lashes as possible. Blend the false lashes and your own lashes together by using a clean mascara brush."


Clockwise from top: Lunasol Sheer Glossy Eyes, Rmk Deep Iridescent Eyes, Clinique Lash Power Lengthening Mascara, Shu Uemura Choco-Lash, M.A.C Lash 49