September 29, 2010 Makeup.com TIPS & TUTORIALS

Backstage at Giorgio Armani: True Blue

Blue eye shadow can smack of a cheesy '80s heavy metal video—but when it's dark, smoky, and smudged with a little black eyeliner, it's one of the more sophisticated colored shadow looks. At the Giorgio Armani show in Milan on Monday, makeup artist Linda Cantello created the latter effect by pairing midnight blue eye makeup with an otherwise nude face. Which seemed the natural choice given that Mr. Armani's show was a monotone collection of—you guessed it—midnight blue clothes. Both the fashion and the beauty were inspired the night sky of the Saharan desert and by its native Taureg population (tribesmen who often wear indigo blue veils). The hair, styled by Oribe, went the tribal route and was tucked up under a turban-like wrap. The makeup, which was a mix of Giorgio Armani Beauty products, delved into the blue. For a flawless complexion, Linda first prepped the skin with Crema Nera Regenerating Cream and Fluid Master Primer, then blended Face Fabric Foundation all over to even out the skin tone and dusted Luminous Silk Powder on shiny spots. She rimmed the eyes heavily in black pencil (Smooth Silk Pencil No. 4) and added a thin, smudgy line of dark blue (Smooth Silk Pencil No. 3) just along the bottom lashes. She brushed a navy eye shadow (Maestro Eye Shadow in No. 21) on top of the liner all around the eyes and along the inner corner of the brow bone for a smoky, hazy effect. The rest of the face was practically bare: Just a hint of Sheer Bronzer on the cheeks and not a thing on the lips. Look like blue just got a new attitude. PHOTOS FROM STYLE.COM
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