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Katie Wright catches up with the pros, to find out how to cre­ate th­ese cool cat­walk looks

Black is back, peo­ple, and it’s more beau­ti­ful than ever, thanks to a trio of make-up artists at Lon­don Fash­ion Week. From graphic liner to a smudgy, smoky-eye, we’ve got the in­side scoop on how to recre­ate th­ese stun­ning looks with min­i­mal fuss. Eye­liner at the ready, here are three easy jet-black up­dates for au­tumn...

1. Six­ties chic at David Koma

Naoko Scintu, lead make-up artist for Suqqu, called this: “A sub­tle nod to the Six­ties — a clean, graphic eye paired with dewy, fresh skin.” That means a flaw­less foun­da­tion base, brushed up brows and a light wash of pinky nude to be­gin with on the eye­lids, see pic­ture above. “Ap­ply Suqqu Creamy Eye­liner from half­way along the lower lash ex­tend­ing to a fe­line flick, and on the up­per lash from the in­ner cor­ner to the mid­dle of the eye. “Set with pow­der to en­sure it doesn’t smudge, then ap­ply Black Nat­u­ral Curl Mas­cara to the top lashes only.”

2. Noir drama at Er­dem

“The in­spi­ra­tion for this sea­son’s beauty look is the com­bi­na­tion of mem­o­ries I have of my mother... mixed with the poise of 1930s and 1940s aris­toc­racy,” ex­plains Er­dem Mo­rali­oglu of the three dif­fer­ent looks that were cre­ated by make-up leg­end Val Gar­land for Nars. Our favourite was all about the eyes, pair­ing a nude lip with dark, smoky eye­shadow. And the good news is, it’s easy to recre­ate with just two Nars prod­ucts. Start with a few strokes of the Shadow Stick eye­liner in Fli­buste on the eye­lids, into the crease, and be­low the lower lash line, blend­ing thor­oughly out­wards. Then add def­i­ni­tion on the lower lash line with the Vel­vet Eye­liner in Black Moon, smudg­ing slightly. Gar­land left the lashes bare, but feel free to add a coat of your favourite black mas­cara if you pre­fer.

3. Wing­ing it at Molly God­dard

“It’s all about eye­liner,” MAC makeup artist Hiromi Ueda said back­stage at Molly God­dard. “Molly’s clothes are amaz­ing, so I wanted to do make-up that’s not too nat­u­ral, but I kept it quite cool and so­phis­ti­cated.” MAC Flu­id­line eye­liner pen in Retro Black was used to cre­ate the ex­treme flick. “I didn’t want to make it a Fifties clas­sic shape, so at the end, it’s quite thick. It’s a more mod­ern shape, I wanted to make it straight, not curved,” she says, ex­plain­ing that to get a pre­cise line, she starts by out­lin­ing the tri­an­gu­lar wing. “It’s bet­ter to start from the end, be­gin­ning where you want to fin­ish it, then af­ter, you can fill it in from the cen­tre.”

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