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At Fashion Week, the eyes have it goin' on

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City is just wrapping up, and I've got my eye on the top trends in beauty from the shows of Derek Lam, Tracey Reese, Lela Rose and more.

True blue

Nathan Johnson crafted bright blue peepers for the models at Project Runway alum Leanne Marshall's Fall 2010 fashion collection. (If you watched PR Season 5, Marshall's collection continues to show off her amazing knack for creating textural effects and draping).

Johnson created a look on the models' eyes that managed to keep up with the stunning clothes by applying a white shadow first to create an ultra-neutral base. Next, a true blue was applied from lower lid to crease.

At Derek Lam's Fall 2010 show Estée Lauder's Tom Pecheux applied navy and royal blue shadow on the lids paired with a metallic shadow — used to create a thick eyeliner effect — on the lower lash line.

And if you can't commit to bright blue shadow, opt for a smoky eye with a blue base such as the look created for Lela Rose's Fall 2010 runway; models wore Tarte's "Blue Lagoon" shadow blended with the grayish "Lucy I'm Home."

Blue shadows and liners abounded elsewhere as well, meaning that, for those who dare, look-at-me lids are a fashion DO this season.

Smoky, meet shiny

At Tracey Reese, Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist Charlotte Willer created a modern take on the smoky eye for models draped in rich textures from the current Reese collection. Willer called upon Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in "Copper Chic" complemented by Mineral Powder Illuminator in pink used as a highlighting shade.

The shine continued at the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards, where highly regarded makeup artist Gucci Westman for Revlon used sparkling purple shadows as the basis for the new smoky eye. Westman used Revlon's ColorStay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quads "Day Dreamer" and "Suede Rhapsody" and applied coral shadow at the inner corners of eyes to for a pop color.

Happy hangover

Trends do come and go, and the classic eyeliner look from seasons past is giving way to a rock 'n roll, "I'm still wearing last night's makeup" look.

Pair this with recent reports that, while filming The Runaways, actress Kristen Stewart got her look by sleeping in her eyeliner, and we may just have a certified trend here. (I'm not endorsing this one, ladies, just reporting the facts).

Gucci Westman created a look for the Rag & Bone collection that was also inspired by that just-rolled-out-of-bed look, calling upon Revlon's ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black. The liner was then smudged to create the effect of slept-in makeup rather than the "dewy" look fancied in springs past.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at [email protected]

At Fashion Week, the eyes have it goin' on 02/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:59pm]
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