September 1, 2010 TIPS & TUTORIALS

Beauty Shoot of the Moment: True Blue Eyes in W

There seems to be a reoccurring theme in my "Beauty Shoot of the Moment" posts, and that theme is Lara Stone. Maybe it's those pillowy lips or almond-shaped eyes that cause makeup artists to go giddy when they work with her, but it seems like whenever she's in a fashion shoot, the makeup is as riveting as the clothes. This month, she's rocking peacock blue smoky eyes and glossy peach lips in the September issue of W, in a '70s-inspired shoot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and makeup by Lucia Pieroni. When I saw these pictures (shown above), I couldn't help but notice how much the makeup resembles the pastel smoky eyes in the current Miu Miu ads. Well, turns out that's no coincidence! Lucia Pieroni also did the makeup for the Miu Miu campaign, which also was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. What I love about this makeup look is that it's so refreshingly brazen and unexpected for fall. At the same time, because the blue shadow is pastel, it doesn't seem heavy. If anything, it's a bit romantic. Of course in real life, you probably wouldn't feel comfortable wearing Easter egg-colored shadow swished all around your eyes as it's shown here. (Unless you happen to actually be Lara Stone, in which case, it's completely logical.) So, here's a re-post of the tips I offered when I blogged about the eye makeup in the Miu Miu ads (and for a great pastel blue eye shadow, try Yves Saint Laurent Double-Effect Eyeshadow in Silk Blue): 1. Pastel shadow can sometimes makes eyes appear smaller, so follow Pieroni’s lead and finish the look with lots of black mascara to anchor the color. 2. Purples such as lilac and lavender are generally the most flattering pastel shades. Baby blue works on most skin tones, though it can make very fair skin look sallow. And jade green, though gorgeous, is by far the most daring pastel and definitely not for wallflowers. PHOTOS FROM W MAGAZINE


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