Let your eyes do all the talking with these six party-ready looks, pulled straight from the runways...
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1. Paint Colorful Wings
When in doubt, put a wing on it—or two! At Oscar de la Renta, makeup artist Tom Pecheux did a traditional jet-black cat eye and painted a mini wing under the flick. Bright pastels like aquamarine and lilac make for the most refreshing upgrade.
MAC Chromacake in Cyan ($28) and Brushstroke Liner in Brushblack ($21); maccosmetics.com.
2. Get Festive with Glitter
Like tinsel on a tree, nothing says it's the holidays like a sprinkling of glitter on your skin. Putting a touch around the outer corners of your eyes, as makeup artist Lynsey Alexander did at Topshop, "has a wonderful, effortless quality," she says. Try lining eyes then applying a layer of Vaseline over the perimeter; press matching flecks over the slick areas. And save your red lips for another party. "The secret with glitter is you can't have too much makeup on with it," she says. "It's just a playful pop. You want it to look cool and lived-in."
Topshop Glitter Pot in Disco Ball, $7; us.topshop.com.
3. Just Add Shimmer
Party hopping? Layer a bit of shine over graphic liner to go from uptown sophisticate to downtown darling. At Tom Ford, makeup artist Pat McGrath used a pencil to create bold wings then topped the shape with gloss. While the formula still had some stick to it, she tapped shimmery eye shadow over the same area with her fingers, making the look multidimensional.
Tom Ford Eye Kohl Intense in Onyx ($46) and Eye Gloss ($40); tomford.com.
4. Double Down on Mascara
When your lashes are this major, you can make them the star of the show. "The lashes are spidery and thick, while the skin stays natural, almost nude," says makeup artist Peter Philips of his Dior look. When you want to channel Twiggy, consider this tip: "I think a perfectly drawn matte lip in a lively shade like coral or pink would look divine with these lashes."
Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer and Pump'N'Volume Mascara in Black Pump, $30 each; dior.com.
5. Bronze Your Lids
"I'm using lip gloss everywhere on the face except the lips," says Pecheux, who created a shimmering bronze glow around the eyes and on the cheeks of Brandon Maxwell's models. "I blended it over the skin with a foundation brush." The effect is nothing short of ethereal. The last touch is a dash of black eyeliner. "It gives the look a bit of a sexy, naughty feel."
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallics in Metrochrome, $21; maccosmetics.com.
6. Shine Bright
Makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with RiRi herself to come up with a look that complemented her most recent runway show for Puma. "Rihanna put her hands on my face and moved them in a circular motion from my temples to cheeks," he says. "She wanted the models to look like butterflies." The resulting C-shaped swoosh of highlighter does double duty as eye shadow and blush.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Confetti and Rum, $25 each; fentybeauty.com.
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