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Charlize And Kristen’s Gleamy Smoky Eyes Steal The Show At The Snow White And The Huntsman World Premiere
Tue, 15 May 2012 4:31PM
OK, so if there is one thing that we’ve learned over the past week and a bit it’s that sheer fabrics and lace dresses are going to be EVERYWHERE this season, and so too are berry lips. But, in case neither of those trends take your fancy, the good news is that the smoky eye is making a major comeback as well. Except this time, there’s a twist. After a season or two of colourful smoky eyes, like charcoal mixed with a hint of teal, emerald green or navy blue, this winter, it’s all about the wet-looking smoky eye.
To prove it, here’s a fine example of a charcoal number with textbook-looking sheen that Charlize Theron prepared earlier….
And here’s Kristen Stewart’s silver adaptation of the look…
And now, for an even closer inspection. Also, can you see what we mean by the sheer fabric and lace epidemic?
Here are a few pointers to help you master the look.
- Ditch the powder and opt for a creme eye shadow. I’ve been a fan of creme-based shadows since way back. They’re not only brilliantly buildable and foolproof to blend -ditch the brush and use your ring finger instead, but they also have a knack for depositing just the right amount of shimmer, without looking too Tina-Sparklely. The other bonus is that unlike a loose shadow, they’re also great at keeping fallout to a minimum.
If payday falls this Thursday then I strongly recommend you head down to the Chanel counter and get acquainted with the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, which is quite possibly my most favourite eye shadow to date. You can’t go wrong with Shade # 83 which will set you back around 48 clams, but you probably already know that as you’ve heard me waxing on and on about its genius once or twice before over here.
Hot tip: if your lids are a little on the greasy side, try dusting a teeny tiny amount of a translucent powder once you’re finished applying the eye shadow. Just remember to use a fluffy eye shadow brush as anything too stiff or contoured will smudge the shadow.
- Don’t have the funds or the desire to switch to a cream just yet? Then try this: By now, you’ve probably read a million times over makeup artists suggesting that you dab a small amount of a clear gloss onto the centre of the lids to create a shiny-looking smoky eye. And that’s where I come in to ruin the fun. The truth of the matter is, gloss mixed with eye shadow = incredibly messy business. Think Alice Cooper eyes and you get the pretty picture. But, a much cleaner and easier alternative is to try a little hair wax. The smooth, slightly-tacky hair prod that your male friend uses to groom his ‘do will do perfectly fine because unlike gloss, it isn’t anywhere near as sticky which means it’s easier to touch-up during the night and won’t smudge as quickly.
Word to the wise: you needn’t have won twelve consecutive spelling bees in second grade to know that the eye areas is most sensitive, so like any tricky eye makeup tip, it’s important that you’re beyond careful when blending the hair wax and the shadow on the lids.
What do you think, Primpettes?
Too much? Not enough?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe