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Want to get that luminous look from Armani or those deep YSL lips? We picked the best runway looks and show you how to make them yours.

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Want to get that luminous look from Armani or those deep YSL lips? We picked the best runway looks and show you how to make them yours.
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Dan Lecca
Armani

"Mr. Armani is very precise with what he wants," explains makeup artist Linda Cantello, who's been tasked with translating his latest vision (the desert heat of Morocco's Atlas Mountains) into a cool makeup look for the runway. "He sees everything—the lighting, the makeup, the clothes—and knows exactly how it'll come together."

In this case, the result is an arresting study of blues: virtually-makeup-free skin (just primer and a little concealer—"a younger way to get perfect, lovely skin") punctuated by brilliantly graphic eyes in a palette of midnight blues.

On the eyes, Cantello started with a base of deep marine and black pencils, then followed with a navy powder shadow for a dirty but "never messy" look. (The deliberate smudge of blue at the inner corners was a detail added by Armani, who picked up a makeup brush and swiped on the shadow himself.) Mascara topped the eyes, lips were dusted with a matte powder, and, finally, a sheer bronzer was brushed on in a crescent shape around the eyes and under the cheekbones. The effect: downtown cool in the desert.

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Armani
Moody Blues: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow Quad, $59.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
Armani
Spring Collection 2011 Face Palette, $49.
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Armani
Rouge D'Armani Lipstick in Pink 519, $30.
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Armani
Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in Emerald, $27.
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YSL

Call it an oral fixation. With brow bleach and concealer, makeup maestro Pat McGrath erased all traces of color from models' faces at Yves Saint Laurent to ensure the focus was on the gutsy, perfectly outlined Bordeaux lips. The only other makeup used: a clear gloss on the eyelids and a shimmery powder to create an otherworldly glow.

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YSL
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Belle De Rose, $30.
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YSL
Palette Celebration Highlighter, $65.
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Chanel

Borrowing the slate hues from designer Karl Lagerfeld's monotone garden-maze-cum-runway, Chanel makeup artist Peter Philips dreamed up a look of inky metallics: iridescent graphite on the eyes, pearly black on the nails. The key to pulling off such severe color? Luminous skin—and lots of ladylike tweed.

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Chanel
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, $45 (out in March).
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Chanel
Ombres Perlées de Chanel, $65.
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Dior

In characteristic John Galliano fashion, the clothes—and hair and makeup—are no-holds-barred at Christian Dior, where South Pacific Tahitian sailors served as inspiration. Thanks again to Pat McGrath, the brazen colors still translate to a dazzling result. Off the runway, may we suggest considering the poppy-red lips à la carte?

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Dolce & Gabbana

The Sicilian bombshell rules at Dolce & Gabbana, but this season, she's subdued her overt sex appeal. Or at least her makeup. Lips got a rosy glow, skin was almost bare, and eyes were just lightly shaded with subtly shimmering shadows. The topper, care of McGrath once again: black liner and a generous swipe of mascara.

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Dolce & Gabbana

The Sicilian bombshell rules at Dolce & Gabbana, but this season, she's subdued her overt sex appeal. Or at least her makeup. Lips got a rosy glow, skin was almost bare, and eyes were just lightly shaded with subtly shimmering shadows. The topper, care of McGrath once again: black liner and a generous swipe of mascara.

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Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Quad in Nude, $59.
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Burberry

An almost-naked face—hazy eyes, a smattering of nudes on the skin and lips—served as the perfect counterpoint to designer Christopher Bailey's biker-gone-glam vibe. To give the typically fresh-faced Burberry girl a little edge, makeup artist Wendy Rowe blended a trio of soft shadows around the eyes, then muted the pink of the models' lips with a modest dab of concealer.

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Burberry
Burberry Sheer Foundation, $52.
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Burberry
Shady Lady: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Almond, $29.
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