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Black is back... so be bold with graphic eye looks this winter

Graphic make-up is the trend to be seen in at this time of year, says Katie Wright

Right lines: go bold with black eyeliner against flawless skin
Right lines: go bold with black eyeliner against flawless skin
Pandora duo eyeshadow, £25, Nars
Minorque kohliner, £20, Nars
Mixing medium shine, £16.50, MAC

By Katie Wright

Eyeliners at the ready, because it was all about razor-sharp flicks and striking shadow play on the autumn/winter catwalks.

Black is, well, the new black this season, as the darkest of hues was employed by make-up artists to create unapologetically bold eye looks, set against a canvas of clean, flawless skin.

Here are three ways to try the graphic eyes trend...

1. The regal wing

'Royal meets The Vatican' was how make-up legend Val Garland described the futuristic flick at Erdem, which she said was inspired by the films of Fellini and Hitchcock.

Garland created the look with Nars products, using kohl liner to trace the wing shape, then filling it in with black eyeshadow to give a velvety finish, neatening the edges with a cotton bud dipped in eye make-up remover.

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Pandora duo eyeshadow, £25, Nars

2. The sexy smudge

At Molly Goddard, MAC make-up artist Hiromi Ueda said she was "inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles and the voluminous dresses worn by the characters".

The look focuses on 'morning after' eyeliner, the ring of black pencil blended out to a short, blunt wing - it helps to add a little bit of mixing medium on top of the liner, to slightly dilute the pigment.

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Minorque kohliner, £20, Nars

Ueda also gave models a ruddy-cheeked glow by applying pink toned blusher high on the cheeks.

3. The big smoke

Taking the smoky-eye trend to a whole new level, make-up artist Kabuki created a soft-edged all-black look to match the monochrome clothing at Jeremy Scott AW19.

Leaving lashes and brows bare (some models even had their arches bleached), this look is all about the shadow.

Taking a small eyeshadow brush and a cream shadow, start close to the lash line and gradually build up the pigment, working towards the inner corner, and out to form a blurred wing shape.

Use a larger blending brush (or your fingers) to create an airbrushed finish, then complete the look with black kohl liner on the upper and lower lash lines.

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