One of those enduring yet elusive classic beauty looks, the smoky eyes trend is one to master this season. Keep it minimalist and simple, or go for the dramatic, colourful appeal of Prada’s Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway when getting ready for your night out. Either way, we’ve gleaned five smokin’ looks that caught our eye this season and will play to all your festive party moods over the holidays.

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Fall 2012 runway inspiration: Burberry Prorsum

The look: City girl naturally comes undone in the country in this runway look created by Wendy Rowe, Burberry Beauty creative consultant and international makeup artist.

Shades of grey: Wide-reaching: Deep brown across the lid and a burnt berry shaded into the crease. Eyelids rimmed with a dark sable.

TRY: Smashbox Photo Op eye shadow palette in Icon ($44), available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Murale and Sephora stores across Canada.

Perfect for: A
snowy, mulled wine night by the fire (or the channel that continuously projects one) with your closest girlfriends.

Blaze of glory meter: Low—enough for your personality to out-shimmer.

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Fall 2012 runway inspiration: At Diane von Furstenberg, James Kaliardos, MAC Cosmetics artist, created a hazy blue-grey cloud sweeping over the lid and spilling toward the brow line for the runway look.

Shades of grey:
A pretty and sophisticated blend of muted, almost translucent marble tones.

MAC Cosmetics Glamour Daze extra dimension eye shadow in Tall, Dark and Handsome ($19.50), at

Perfect for: Boldly embarking on your holiday shopping day at the mall, to be followed up promptly with a holiday gingerbread latté to reward such bravery.

Blaze of glory meter: Medium—we’re seeing slightly overcast days ahead.

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Fall 2012 runway inspiration: A sweetly feminine mix of mauves with just enough of a grey dusting at Valentino, imagined by international makeup guru Pat McGrath.

Shades of grey:
A streak of lilac a midst this cloudy palette: colour is swept beneath the lower lash line to create a dreamy romantic finish. Offset the haze with a structured, razor-thin liner along the top and bottom lids and finish with a thick coating of mascara for
sixties-inspired lashes.

Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Grege 734 ($60), at

Perfect for: A double duty of holiday dinner and meeting the parents, in hopefully a non-Focker sort of traumatic evening.

Blaze of glory meter:
Medium—a striking contrast of soft and pretty and well, striking.

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Fall 2012 runway inspiration: A festive and smoky blend of emerald and golden hues at Jason Wu, designed by makeup artist Diane Kendal.

Shades of grey: A frosty ice queen softened with layered, shimmering shades of minty green blended along the lid and into the crease with a sweep of Kelly green, and finished with a creamy, defined trace of blue-black along the lash line.

TRY: Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H in Assolute Jade ($28), at

Perfect for: Highlighting that LBD with a pop of emerald for any occasion that calls for shimmer, emerald and
an LBD this season.

Blaze of glory meter: High—this ain’t no
Christmas sweater party.

Holiday party makeup: How to get smoky eyes that blaze with colour and boldness

Fall 2012 runway inspiration: A tri-coloured layering of orange, black and purple panels from brow to lid envisioned at Prada by makeup artist Pat McGrath.

Shades of grey:
Hardly: this painted-on look begins with black and purple liners rimmed around the eye, blending into coloured-in black up to the brow that’s been muted out with orange greasepaint.

TRY: A blend of shades from Benefit creaseless cream shadow/liner ($24), at

Perfect for: Any holiday party where the invite indicates no strict dress code and a whole lot of fun.

Blaze of glory meter:
Extremely theatrical and OTT—no grey area about it.

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