One reason I love European fashion magazines: They still put supermodels on their covers. Vogue Italia put the super of all supermodels, Christy Turlington, on their July cover (shown above) in gorgeous '60s-inspired makeup and hair. What I love about this photo (and the fashion story inside, all shot by Steven Meisel) is its slightly faded, beautifully vintage quality. Were it not for Turlington's instantly recognizable face, this image could be from any number of eras. Another reason the cover stands out to me: The thick, crisp winged eyeliner, which is a look I've been seeing in a number of fashion magazines lately. In fact, inside this same issue of Vogue Italia is a beauty supplement (that's the cover shown below) in which a luscious Sophia Loren-esque model romps about wearing wickedly dramatic winged liner and, quite frankly, little else. If you're not offended by a little nudité, the story, which was shot by Ellen von Unwerth, is just gorgeous.
Personally, I've never quite gotten the hang of creating that perfect little flick at the outer corner of my eyes. A former Allure colleague of mine who mastered the technique, however, swore by L'Oréal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner for drawing the perfect cat eye. (Not surprisingly, it's won the Allure Best of Beauty Award for Liquid Eyeliner three years in a row now.) If liquid eyeliner seems too tricky, try Maybelline New York Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner, which comes with a stiff angled brush that makes it easy to create a thick, even line. Since the August fashion magazines have this look splashed all over their fashion and beauty stories, I figure it's time for me to finally learn how to do winged liner. So I'm reaching out to makeup genius Aaron de Mey, Lancôme’s artistic director for makeup, for a step-by-step lesson since he did the look beautifully on Alexa Chung in the August issue of American Vogue. Look for my post with Aaron's tips very soon. In the meantime, have a great weekend!
PHOTOS FROM VOGUE ITALIA