‘Tis the season of extremes. Be it a full face of—gasp—nearly no makeup, or full makeup with a barely-there face covered in metal. The beauty looks seen on the Fall 2015 runways competed with the best of the collections in direction and theatrics.

There were pops of brightly colored lids at Nina Ricci, plenty of natural, rose-hued pouting, oodles of exaggerated black liner, and continuing on from the 2014 season—an emphasis on a healthy eyebrow game. Brow gel was seemingly a must at every show whether used for actual eyebrows, to finish off a kiss curl, or rig up some facial appliqués.

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Kendall Jenner wears a subtle peach cheek, a touch of mascara, and pale pink sheer gloss at Balmain.

Makeup artist Peter Philips applied a shade of lavender-tinged gray to the inner corners of the eye at Dries Van Noten—a quiet brooding contrast to the opulent clothes.

Add a light brown shadow to the lid and then rim both the upper and lower inner water lines with a creamy black gel liner so it stays put to make eyes pop, just as Julien d’Y did at Lanvin.

Let us present Nina Ricci as a little bright-eyed palette cleanser before we make our way to the more daring side of Fall 2015 runway beauty. The pop of purple applied with a cream eye color on the top lid finished with a few single false lashes creates a fun, almost doll-like look that works year round.

Clean, exaggerated black cat-eyes, a pristinely arched eyebrow (there’s a gel for that!) created a Bardot-inspired face by makeup artist Tom Pecheux at Chanel.

Using matte black Clé de Peau Intensifying Cream Eyeliner, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni added paisley accents above the model’s browbones for a quirky pop-art look at Rochas.

Both Pat McGrath and Riccardo Tisci referenced the curious notion of “Chola Victorian,” for Givenchy’s Fall 2015 show. Weighty bijoux covered the faces, ears, and noses of otherwise makeup-free models who also sported kiss curls created using hair gel with eyebrow brushes.

With a show rooted in Mayan culture and a history of theatrical antics, we were delighted to see the Rick Owens models sporting beautiful gold-leaf foil faces. Not exactly a runway-to-real-way trend, per se, but it would be fun to experiment with a gold-flecked manicure or a solid sparkling eyelid!

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