Ubiquitous by nature, the phenomenon of kohl has encompassed far more than a fad. With its ever-evolving renditions (everything from a smokey eye to a sharp wing), eyeliner has been the piece-de-resistance of our beauty routines, since North Africa and the Middle East, BC. Initially derived from Ancient Egypt, it was used as a means of adornment for the eyes, just as it was also thought to protect them from harsh sun rays. The widespread fascination with Queen Nefertiti is also for the cause. For her sculpture became the precursor of a wide-spread trend, propelling eyeliner into the 20th century. In echoing the thick, dusky-lines that outlined her almond-shaped eyes, generations have been captivated by the look ever since. Today, remnants of this influence are still present within the runways, from Paris to New York, and naturally, Milan.
The last seasons have indeed seen a focus on the clean yet ethereal trend for one, complete with subtle tints of raven, over dewy lids. Though black eyeliner has been on the lids of influencers and red carpet actresses alike, it seems that softer tones have come to replace this. With somewhat contemporary renditions of the darker charcoal smears, we have been accustomed to, the appearance of lighter mocha shades was ever-present this Spring. Smudged amethyst eyeliner around the lash line gave a perfect, subtle smokiness at Oscar de la Renta, with just a touch of shimmer in the inner corner to open up the eyes.
A layer of gloss over a gradient of charcoal brown also stole our hearts at Tom Ford, giving it a high-fashion touch via that metallic sheen. Meanwhile, models graced the stage with a soft, taupe smokey-eye at Paco Rabanne, along with sun-kissed complexions and glossy lips. The collection was inspired by distant travels, so a slightly emphasized and smoked out under-eye might have been inspired by the traditional. Taking a step away from the classic cat-eye, Versace delivered with strokes of graphic lines. Complete with naturally blushed tones for a sultry definition, rose-tinted lips with a deep coal smudge-effect gave way to an intense air of bedroom eyes.