From Runway to Reality: How to Work Spring's Hottest Beauty Trends Off the Catwalk

Day-Glo Liner
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While many runway beauty trends are meant to stay on the runway, with a little tweaking, a toned-down version can be appropriate and chic in the real world. Case in point: The dramatic azure eyes spotted at Fendi and Honor, proving that blue shadow isn't just for '80s throwback parties anymore.

Fendi's models all had a strip of pastel leather placed along their top lashes, but the effect can easily be mirrored with a swipe of Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Periwinkle ($20;, or YSL's Bold Felt Tip Liner Pen in Majorelle Blue ($34; if you prefer a slightly darker tone.

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The bright cerulean eye at Honor is equally easy to recreate with Maybelline's Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Tenacious Teal ($7;, though if you're intimidated by color, give your tried-and-true smoky eye a vivid twist by concentrating the vivid hue on your inner corners. Whether you opt to mimic Fendi's or Honor's effects, remember to keep the rest of your face minimal, as any traces of pink blush or orange lipstick can trigger a bad hair metal-era flashback.

We rounded up the hottest makeup trends from the spring 2015 fashion shows, and put together a comprehensive guide on how to take each look into the real world---sans backstage glam team. From blue liner to dyed brows, click through our gallery to see exactly how you can take each effect from runway to everyday.

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01 of 08

Blue Eyes

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It’s not just for ‘80s flashback parties anymore—paired against a dewy complexion and nude lip, the blue shadow spotted on the runways at Fendi and Honor get a makeover from clownish to chic.

Though Fendi’s models used a pastel strip of leather across their upper lashes, the idea translates into the real world with an angled swipe of cerulean liner. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Periwinkle ($20; is a pretty close match to the shade adorning Joan Smalls’ lids, though the aqua tone of YSL’s Bold Felt Tip Liner Pen in Majorelle Blue ($34; makes just as big of an impact. A dramatic winged-out shape like Honor’s can easily be mimicked with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo cream shadow in Tenacious Teal ($7;, though if you’re a bright-eye newbie, a blue accent on your inner corners is an unexpected way to add a springlike twist to your smoky eye.

02 of 08

Iridescent Eyes

Iridescent Eyes
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At Christian Siriano and Monique Lhuillier, models kept their makeup minimal, save for the large iridescent pieces of transparent film strategically placed on their lids. Because the body glitter movement came and went with Y2K, using an iridescent accent against a neutral base serves as a less-intense way to channel this look in the real world.

Smooth the taupe CK One Eye Shadow Base in Prim ($18; onto your lids, then use a clear glitter with an opalescent finish just on the inner corners of your eyes---we're obsessed with Make Up For Ever's Star Powder in White/Mauve ($20; and Napoleon Perdis' Loose Eye Dust in Disco Glitter ($25; Just be sure to pat the glitter on, as any sweeping motions could cause shimmer to fall and stick onto your foundation.

03 of 08

Cherry Lips

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It's no secret that the red lip is just as wearable on the runway as it is off, but instead of the matte Marilyn finish, this spring is all about sheer finishes and glossy textures as seen at Carolina Herrera and Burberry, giving you more room to play with your eye makeup choices.

Channel your inner Jourdan Dunn and pick up Burberry's Soft Satin Lipstick in Ruby ($33;, which was the shade of choice on the catwalk, or go for a shiny, patent leather effect with YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine in Rouge in Danger ($36; We love how the product packs the same amount of sheen as your favorite clear gloss, but won't stick to your layers if you find yourself in the path of an unexpected gust of wind.

04 of 08

Mod Eyeliner

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Between the sharp cat-eye the graphic crease, the Twiggy vibes were running strong at both Cushnie et Ochs and Tracey Reese, who modernized the effect by leaving the stacked faux lashes out of the mix.

To get an ultra-precise wing like the one seen at Cushnie, pick up Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Gel Liner ($24; and draw a strike extending upward from your lower lashes. Then, sweep the product across until it meets your top lid, tracing your lash line with the gel formula. The drawn-out crease is just as wearable, but we recommend blending out the graphic effect to make it less severe. Looking into the mirror, tilt your head back at a slight angle, and work a creamy pencil like Diorshow Kohl ($32; along the beginning portion of your crease, stopping the line at mid-lid. Then, pick up a liner brush like Sigma’s EO5 ($14; and blend the product into the contours of your eye socket. Unlike a smoky eye, the inky black hue shouldn’t be extended toward your brow---the line should still be defined, but diffused.

05 of 08

Dyed Brows

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On fleek” doesn’t even begin to describe the unconventional brow effects at Alexander Wang, where models’ arches were bleached blonde, and at Badgley Mischka, where brows appeared in pastel hues. A brow gel in an unexepected tint is an easy way to add extra dimension with minimal effort.

A blonde hue like Zoey Van Jones’ ($14; can impart a lighter tint with a slight pearl finish if you want to mirror the severe look from Alexander Wang. For the pop of color seen at Badgley Mischka, try using a purple mascara just through your arches and ends. An eggplant hue like Sephora’s ($12;, remains subtle and natural-looking thanks to the dark base color, and complements brown eyes in particular.

06 of 08

Hot Pink Lip

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Talk about pretty in pink. Candy-rose tones took a turn for the bold at Aquilano Rimondi and Moschino, the latter of which paid homage to Barbie with a lineup of ensembles totally worthy of a date night with Ken. Just like with the cherry lip trend, it's just as easy to channel your inner Barbie girl off the runway—just go easy on the eyes, and choose a blush in a complementary tone to complete the effect.

We love the maximum impact made by MAC's Show Orchid ($16; and Too Faced's Melted Long-Wear Lipstick in Fuchsia ($21;, but if a bold lip intimidates you, pick up a sheer formula like Bare Escentuals' Pop of Passion in Candy Pop ($16;, which can be layered for a custom color within your comfort zone.

07 of 08

Sheer Purple Eyes

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If the smoky eye is the couture runway model of the makeup world, then the sheer purple version is her Brooklyn-based fashion blogger counterpart. Offering up a more subtle way to smolder this spring, models at Vera Wang and Derek Lam skipped the intense noir liner for a smudgy mauve eye and a few coats of mascara.

Lead makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used Cle de Peau's palette in Fairy Dust ($55; backstage at Wang, concentrating the deep purple just above and below the pupil. The effect can also be mirrored with NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Calabria ($25;, or Giorgio Armani's Eye Tint in Shadow ($38; Just like with the traditional smoky effect, stick to the "less is more" mantra as you slowly build up the color to your desired intensity. If liner is a must for you, restrict it to your lower waterline.

08 of 08

Day-Glo Liner

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Turn around, bright eyes! A rainbow of unconventional liner hues were ever present on the spring runways. Dior's girls worked a pretty pastel effect over a layer of liner, which can be mimicked with Ciate's Skinny Shadow Stick in Dolly ($15;, while Peter Som's models showed off a neon orange effect.

Lead makeup artist Yadim used a fluorescent Maybelline lipstick on each model's inner corner, but don't repurpose your lip products just yet—the formula could move across your eye when worn in the real world, and may irritate more sensitive skin types. Instead, we recommend picking up a vivid pencil like Ardency Inn's Modster in Hot Pink ($19;, or Marc Jacobs' Gel Eye Crayon in Mari ($25;, and sweeping the color on just the outer half of your lower lash line. Use a fine-tipped brush to tone down the intensity and blur the line if you prefer a softer finish.

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