Eye makeup is taking centre stage at Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows. The wing tip is making a big comeback and makeup artists are showing creative variations of it. Some more elegant and some bolder. But always dramatic. Lashes are clumpy and more lived-in. It is definitely a departure from last season’s barely-there natural look.
1. Wing Tip Wonder
At Tom Ford, Pat McGrath introduced the glittery black wing tips that are slightly thicker and rounded at the end.
Tom Ford Spring Summer 2018
Marc Jacobs, Versus Versace and Carolina Herrera also did versions of the wing tip but in a sharper shape that also lined the lower lids.
On the other hand, Lanvin did a more graphic slash, while Dolce & Gabbana preferred a lady-like wing.
Lanvin Spring Summer 2018 Backstage (Photo credit: Cyrille George Jerusalmi)
Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2018 Backstage
Jil Sander did a whisper of a line.
il Sander Spring Summer 2018 Backstage
2. Flaming Smokey Eyes
You cannot go wrong with well-executed classic smoky eyes, but why stop there. Have some fun experimenting. Chanel did it with a mix of anthracite and blue for a fun take, while Alberta Ferretti went with a half-kohled lower lids. At Emporio Armani, it was metallic grey and emerald shadows with clumpy mascara.
2018 Spring-Summer Chanel Ready-To-Wear Show Backstage (Photo credit: Benoît Peverelli)
Then, of course, there are those risk-takers. At YSL, the eyes take on a dramatic pop illusion of half-lined lower lids and bold duo-tone metallic shadows of blue and gold. Manish Arora also went duo-tone in metallic green and blue with dramatic clumps of fake lower lashes for effect. At House of Holland and Byblos, there were smears of luminous orange blocks across the eyelids, while Tracy Reese went with blocks of grass green or cobalt blue.
3. Colour Blocking Beauties
Colour blocks of both extremes can be seen as well. Valentino did lady-like colour blocks while Marni went bold and dramatic.
Valentino Spring Summer 2018 Backstage
4. Clumpy Mascara Muddle
Peter Philips at Dior decided to emphasise the eyes in a totally different direction. Taking 60s inspiration and modernising it with clumpy mascara, he wanted to give the effect of young girls doing their own makeup in a rush. Also in this category, Cushnie et Ochs also showcased this clumpy effect. Makeup artist Gato applied several coats of mascara, then pinching them together before the formula dried.
Spring Summer 2018 RTW Dior Show Backstage (Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums)