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Earlier this year, the ever-powerful TikTok teens decided that the dark circles under your eyes are cool, actually. Though some of the previous beauty trends they’ve popularized were a bit questionable, they were definitely onto something this time. Designers abroad have been dressing up that awkward area just beneath the eyeballs this Fashion Month, and it’s never looked better.
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If you’re still having trouble embracing your shadowy circles, maybe you just need some fresh under-eye outfit inspiration to see the creases in a new light. Thankfully, Europe’s runways delivered on this incredibly niche front. Before you reach for some camouflaging concealer, consider the below going-out looks that your dark circles and puffy bags may want to slip into for spring 2022.
A model backstage at Etro spring/summer 2022. Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images
The look at Etro was a refresher course on a beauty lesson the Met Gala taught us: Bedazzling your face is always a good idea. Models’ dark circles wore light-reflecting rhinestones and studs that brightened up the under-eye area. Consider this yet another sign to reach back into your Euphoria stash and get to gluing.
Del Core spring/summer 2022. From left: Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images Photo: Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage
Del Core spring/summer 2022. From top: Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images Photo: Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage
At Del Core, models’ under-eye bags glowed electric blue and slime green, instead of the bruised grayish-brownish. Inner corners were accented with lavender and coral shades to create a dreamy reverse smoky-eye that screamed “spring.” If you want to try this, paint your undereye area in pastel with Glossier Skywash in Fawn, a refreshing green; Pool, the perfect early-aughts baby blue; or any combo of About Face’s Daytripper Matte Fluid Eye Paints.
Daniela Gregis spring/summer 2022. Photo: Pietro S. D’Aprano/Getty Images
Models at Daniela Gregis wore a more graphic approach — three bold blue swipes that lined and then underlined the under-eye area for extra emphasis. If you’re bad at lining your waterline or drawing straight lines in general, now’s your time to shine. Grab an extra-creamy liner, like NYX Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Blue or Fenty Beauty Flypencil in Sea About It, and trace on a trio of stripes in any length, width, and angle your heart desires; the more natural-looking, the better.
From left: Ann Demeulemeester spring/summer 2022. Photo: Peter White/Getty Images Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
From top: Ann Demeulemeester spring/summer 2022. Photo: Peter White/Getty Images Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Models at Ann Demeulemeester showcased a fun new way of conveying messages through your beauty look: having someone scrawl a message underneath each eye. This look takes up a good amount of face real estate, so keep the rest of your makeup understated and natural, and be sure to go with a long-wear liquid eyeliner with a superfine but flexible tip to avoid any flubs.
From left: Rochas spring/summer 2022. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
From top: Rochas spring/summer 2022. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
At Rochas, Lucia Pieroni used a brush to paint red, neon-pink, and dark-blue squiggles that started at the sides of the nose and extended all the way up to the outer corners of the eyes, hugging the entire under-eye area in the process. You can channel your inner Bob Ross by dipping an eyeliner brush into a creamy artistic palette of bright, blendable shades, and painting on some equally happy lines in whatever color sparks the most joy.
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Thanks to her partnership with L’Oreal, Helen Mirren moonlights as a model at Paris Fashion Week, and she never disappoints. As the owner of unbelievable amounts of swagger, it’s no surprise that the Dame not only took on the budding under-eye trend, but modeled it in its riskiest form: darkened dark circles. If you feel inspired to go give it a go, apply a bunch of black liner under your eyes, top it with a bunch of black eyeshadow, and blend everything outward and upward to create a very dramatic reverse cat’s-eye.