My love of black eyeliner and eyeshadow is well-documented, and for good reason: it’s the most versatile of makeup, and can be used to create a limitless variety of looks. Why stop at a smoky or cat eye when there are vast possibilities to be experimented with? If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out these 10 totally different black shadow and liner looks on celebs…
Kates Moss and Middleton effectively share nothing in common aside from a first name and a nationality: one is a renegade party girl and supermodel, the other a refined, perfectly vanilla royal wife and full-time perfect blowout-haver. And yet! The results of a poll formulated by Britain’s largest online beauty retailer, feelunique.com, show that the polar opposites snagged the top spots in the running for the UK’s most influential beauty icons.
Moreover, Middleton has knocked Moss out of the prime seat by almost double, with 30 percent of the poll’s responders citing the Duchess as the inspiration behind their beauty purchases. Says the site’s editorial director, who happens to be named NEWBY HANDS (????!), “Kate and Kate represent two sides of really modern women and between the two of them they cover all style and lifestyle tastes. … Despite their differences they are both aspirational and fascinating.” But, you know, Moss forever and ever and ever amen. There is only one Kate in London, am I right?
Of course, this raises the question — which side are you on? Do you skew towards Kate Moss’s insouciant tousled hair, smudged smoky eye, and nighttime red lip, or Kate Middleton’s black liner, flawless curls, and healthy bronzed skin? [Telegraph]
Blue is the most intimidating of eyeshadow colors, given that it’s frequently associated with the terribleness double whammy that is both the poor style choices of the ’80s and Tammy Faye Bakker. And yet! There are so many shades of blue, and so many ways to wear it, that to eschew wearing the color on eyes altogether would be downright foolish. Not convinced? Check out these 10 gorgeous blue eyeshadow looks on these lovely celeb ladies…
Well, it looks like Anne Hathaway is back to brown following a brief dalliance with a platinum pixie, which she first debuted at the Met Ball. I don’t have very many thoughts about Anne, and when I do they rarely defect from shhhh, Anne, shhhhhhh, but I have to say I’m kind of disappointed that she ditched the blonde so quickly! I thought it was really flattering on her coloring and added a fresh, edgier dimension to her look. OH WELL. R.I.P., Blonde Anne. We hardly knew ye. [Right photo: Splash News]
My beauty mantra is pretty much “all eyeliner, all the time.” I live and die by my black Maybelline Line Stiletto (at present time, I own four) and a flicked cat eye, but I also dabble in creams, gels, pencils, and powders in any and every shade of the rainbow. But one thing I have never endeavored to do is extend my liner past the inner corner.
The subject first arose after Julie and I both saw the glorious “Moonrise Kingdom” last year and got all obsessed with Suzy Bishop’s eye makeup (center). Yes, it was technically part of a bird costume, but it looked so cool, and weirdly kind of … wearable? A similar, but slightly more severe, look popped up on January Jones at the Met Ball a few weeks ago, and then again on Fergie over this past weekend. It is now effectively impossible to ignore — this might be a thing. The application varies in these three looks, but they all have in common that they swoop past the inner corner and down towards the nose, where eyeliner does not typically dare to venture. Put me down as being into it (and mmmmmaybe going to give it a subtle try tomorrow, depending on how I feel in the morning) — but what do you think? Also … what do we call this? [Fergie photo via Fame/Flynet]
Why not leave the heavy makeup at home this Memorial Day and opt for something a touch softer instead, like Marion Cotillard’s romantic, slightly smoky-eyed look from Cannes? It’s simple, fresh, and easily recreated with just a few products that you probably already have stashed in your makeup bag… Keep reading »