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Make up: Add a pop of designer colour for the office

We teach you how to take the super-colourful AW17 look from runway to reality. Katie Wright reveals all

Backstage at the AW17 shows MAC make-up artist Michele Magnani declared 'colour is back' - and she wasn't kidding.

From the New Romantic-inspired neon eye paint at Vivienne Westwood, to the sharp red liner at Prabal Gurung and the aqua accents at Mary Katrantzou, there was a real sense of fun and playfulness about many of the beauty looks this season.

But these extravagant designs aren't applicable beyond the fashion-week bubble, are they?

On the contrary, claims Lyne Desnoyers, MAC's executive director of make-up artistry. "Colour has had a connotation of being something very playful or painterly for a long time. It feels modern to explore it now as a very elegant detail that is dressed around in very customised ways," she says.

How, exactly? We've taken three bright-eyed catwalk looks that, with a bit of a tweak, are totally wearable. This season, it's all about looking on the bright side...

1. Two-tone eyeliner

At Marco de Vincenzo in Milan, the look was described as 'Japanese cartoon meets cool, confident girls', which meant bare skin, natural lips and a custom combination of two liquid eyeliner colours, starting with a pale hue on the inside and finishing with a darker shade pulled out to a winged tip.

To adapt this dual-intensity design, choose shades that contrast with your eye colour, and make the line as thin and precise as possible for a chic, polished feel. If you're not already a pro with the eyeliner brush, remember: practice makes perfect.

Barry M Eye Define Liquid Eyeliner in Aqua, £4.79

Kiko Super Colour Eyeliner in Blue Majorelle, £6.90

2. Sunset shadows

Warm, sunset eyeshadow shades were the order of the day at Max Mara, where a monochromatic coral was used across the face, and at John Galliano, where orange and gold pigments were swept right up to the temples.

Take the look down a notch by using a pale terracotta shadow across your lid and into the crease, then add a generous spot of shimmering gold in the corner of your eye and blend across the lid.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Sand Dune, £23

MAC Eyeshadow in Goldmine, £13.50

3. Rose-tinted eyes

Pink-rimmed eyes are usually a sign that you've been burning the candle at both ends, but the rosy lids at the Oscar de la Renta show were bright and beautiful.

On the catwalk, the colour was very chalky and dense, but applying a softer wash of coral makes this look less intense. Finish by pencilling magenta close to the lash line and smudging slightly to blur the colours together.

Kiko High Pigment Eyeshadow in Matte Coral, £5.90

MAC Chromagraphic Pencil Process Magenta, £14.50

Warm shades: Max Mara's Sunset Shadows

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