Lara Stone in fire engine red lips and sooty eye makeup would have been sultry enough its own—but add milkmaid braids to the equation, and suddenly it elevates to something out of a Pedro Almodovar movie. Lara, along with model Freja Beha, puckers her way through this subversively sexy shoot by photographer Terry Richardson for the June/July issue of Paris Vogue.Aaron de Mey, Lancôme's artistic director of makeup, created Lara's red-hot look for the story. (No wonder this girl is a spokesmodel for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics—those lips could convince me to buy green lipstick!).
What I love about this look is that it mixes glam rock (a hazy cloud of brown shadow swirled with winged eyeliner, flaming red lips) with schoolgirl innocence (the Heidi braids). Women often ask, how do you create a look that's sexy but not trashy? The answer is to balance your makeup with your hairstyle. The milkmaid braids may be a tad over the top for real life, but the lesson here is that if your makeup is all-out sexy, then your hair shouldn't be.
Another reason I'm into this shoot: It debunks the old makeup myth that you should play up either your eyes or your lips, but never both. Nonsense! Smoky eyes and red lips work together when neither is too harsh. Aaron pulled this off by going with a bright orange-y red lipstick over a deep one, and using a soft plum-brown eye shadow as opposed to a heavy charcoal one.
To create your own version of this look, try Giorgio Armani Maestro Eyeshadow in No. 27, Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in No. 4-Black, Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge lipstick in Absolute Rouge, and Maybelline New York Express Finish Nail Color in Speedy Hot Tamale.
The milkmaid braids, however, probably require a little outside assistance.
PHOTOS FROM PARIS VOGUE