12 Famous Dark Eye Makeup Looks in TV and Movie History

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:08 p.m. ET

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Some TV and movie characters require more edge than a glossy pink lip can provide. The beauty department solution? A dark eye makeup look that influences even your beauty bag. From The Black Swan to The Breakfast Club, check out these memorable smokey eye moments.

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The Black Swan - Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

The black swan
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Be honest: The Black Swan was definitely a Halloween costume consideration in 2011. Natalie Portman's dramatic winged eye makeup is synonymous with the Oscar-winning performance. 

Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl - Cool Dark Eye Makeup

Jenny gossip girl
Source: CW

Remember the days when Gossip Girl's Little J had more love for Blair Waldorf's spot on the Met steps than she did for black eyeliner? After that whole design fiasco with Agnes the rebel model, Jenny ditches her pretty pink cosmetics look for good and makes the super smokey eye a signature.

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Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club - Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

Allison the breakfast club
Source: Universal Pictures

Before Molly Ringwald's character gave Allison a makeover, The Breakfast Club character was working a subtle smokey eye with little pizzazz and barely any mascara. 

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Janis Ian in Mean Girls - The Best Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

Janis ian in mean girls
Source: Paramount Pictures

She may have been "best friends" with Regina George in grade school, but Mean Girls' Janis Ian was way edgier in the cosmetics department. We're referring to her lined lids, obviously—not the minty foot cream situation. 

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Glenda in One Tree Hill - The Best Dark Eye Makeup on TV

Glenda one tree hill
Source: CW

One Tree Hill's Glenda was instrumental in getting Lucas Scott to continue writing his book. Another thing she was good at? Rocking a shadow-covered lid and a vampy bold lip. 

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Johnny Depp at Edward Scissorhands - The Best Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

Edward scissorhands
Source: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

You may have focused your attention on his hair styling ability, but next time you're watching Edward Scissorhands, take a look at his intense burgundy lids. 

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    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - The Best Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

    Girl with dragon tattoo
    Source: Columbia Pictures

    Along with her piece-y pixie and piercings, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander found her look in dark eye makeup. 

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    Mena Sulvari in Loser - Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

    Mena sulvari loser
    Source: Columbia Pictures

    C'mon! You've got to remember Dora Diamond from Loser. The character, played by Mena Sulvari and opposite to Jason Biggs, had a thing for charcoal shadow. 

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    Beetlejuice - Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

    Source: Warner Bros.

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice—OK, we won't risk it. The guy was creepy, he was weirdly obsessed with Winona Ryder's character, and he had AMAZING eye makeup. 

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    Katniss in The Hunger Games - Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

    Katniss hunger games
    Source: Lionsgate

    The Hunger Games' Katniss is truly one tough chick—that you know. And the girl (who happened to look like a total princess at her wedding) stayed true to her strong personality with grey metallic eyes.  

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    Quinn on Glee

    Quinn glee
    Source: FOX

    During the third season of Glee, Quinn went through a goth stage, hence the sultry beauty look. 

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    Anne Hathaway in Alice in Wonderland - The Best Dark Eye Makeup in Movies

    Anne hathaway
    Source: Disney

    Anne Hathaway's alluring look in Alice in Wonderland is more than just a light shade of concealer and a couple coats of mascara—just check out that red smokey shadow component that circles her big brown eyes! 


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