Whether you want classic winged eyeliner or an ultra-smoky eye, black eyeliner is the foundation of 99% of eye looks. You can do pretty much anything with it, and this New York Fashion Week we've seen it all. Somewhere among the black stripes on the eyelids à la Altuzarra and the floating graphic lines at Oscar de la Renta, we saw a wearable trend emerge—fuzzy black eyeliner. Fuzzy meaning softer and diffused, not involving actual fur or fuzz (we felt the need to clarify).
How does it work? Simple. Finish off any black eyeliner look with a smudging of brown shadow to soften the line and make it look less perfect. (No-makeup makeup may be on its way out, but lived-in makeup is here to stay.) You get the color payoff and definition of black liner, but adding a matte chocolate brown shadow takes the look from done-up to cool girl. Scroll through to see the black-and-brown look two different ways!
At Alice and Olivia F/W 16, the Stila makeup artists used the brand's Smudge Pots ($20) to create an exaggerated, graphic wing. Then, they worked brown eyeshadow all the way around the edges of the eyeliner to complete '70s party-girl look.
At Carmen Marc Valvo F/W 16, the look was all about artistry. While the metallic-gold crisscrosses were clearly the highlight of the look, the clean black eyeliner was the foundation. The MAC makeup artists started with a precise black line and then smoked it out with dark brown eye shadow.
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