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    Think of classic smoky eyes like a sexy evening gown—gorgeous at night, but out of place before cocktail hour. But you can tone down smoky eyes so that they're daytime appropriate; it just comes down to color technique. Here, our favorite examples from the fall runways.

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      Derek Lam Fall 2012: You know when you describe smoky eyes as "gentle," as makeup artist Tom Pecheux did at Derek Lam, that the look is OK to wear before sunset. He mixed black and bronze shadows and brushed the color in a halo around the eyes, cleaning up the outer corners into a rounded cat-eye shape.

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    Loewe Fall 2012: Shimmery smoky eyes are beautiful, but under the bright sun, they can look garish. That's not to say you're banned from wearing sparkle during the day, you just have to use it sparingly. The eye makeup at Loewe was spot on; with a circle of soft brown all around the eye, just the lids were covered in a pale gold shimmer. That way, the only shine seen was peeking subtly through the models' black lashes.

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