Hazy, dark-rimmed eyelids ruled the Fall 2010 runways of Alexander Wang, Christian Dior Couture, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. And trendsetters like Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, and Leighton Meester have all rolled over onto the red carpet wearing slept-in eye makeup.
"To me it is a mixture of the ever-popular smoky eye and the ultra-glamorous Cleopatra eye," says Sarah Lucero, celebrity makeup artist for Stila Cosmetics. "It's bold whether you are using neutral tones or deeper pigmented colors. This look makes a statement and that is what fall is about."
Ready to master this dramatic beauty trend, StyleList tasked New York makeup artist Emily Kate Warren to mold these runway looks into wearable, grunge makeup on a real woman -- namely, Emily McCombs, deputy managing editor at Asylum.
As you can see in the photo slider below (move the button from left to right to see before and after shots), the grunge makeup trend isn't a total mess.
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To blend the color upwards use a small eye shadow brush like Stila #15. "The goal is to extend the eye shape and create a messy, 'I slept in my makeup, but I still look amazing sort of look'," says Lucero.
Stick to more neutral tones like rust and khaki for a work-appropriate finish and go for shimmer to brighten eyes before a night out. "It's about enhancing shape and adding an element of structure to your features, keeping the focus on the eyes," Lucero adds.
The backstage beauty fixture recommends Stila Eye Shadow in Puppy for light to medium skin tones and Espresso for darker complexions during the day. For night, Diamond Lil'Eyeshadow (light skin), Twig (medium skin), and Pewter (dark skin) -- wet or dry -- add the right amount of sparkle when paired with lots of mascara.
Although this beauty trend is full-on grunge, Lucero points out that brows shouldn't go unkempt. "They help frame the face and further emphasize the eyes," she adds. And like the runway looks pictured above, keep cheeks soft and go bold or nude with your lips -- opting for a more matte finish because "the grunge girl doesn't have time for lipgloss!"
Shop the selection of eyeliners, eye shadows, makeup removers, and mascaras below to help you master the grunge makeup trend, and check out our Wear the Beauty Trend column for more pretty looks to try.
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