First look: Surprisingly wearable white shadow at Donna Karan

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I can still remember the day when white eye shadow finally clicked for me. See, I wasn’t a girl who grew up really experimenting with makeup—at least not outside the confines of my own home. Maybe it was just the university I went to, but if you so much as wore a skirt to class one day, you’d get weird looks from everyone. Crazy makeup? Definitely frowned upon.

Not long after I graduated, I found myself in one of those nightclubs where the bathroom is like some magical oasis complete with makeup artist, hairstylist, etc. (More fun than being on the dance floor, in fact.) And this is where I first found out what white eye shadow can do for your eyes. It’s an old standby makeup artist trick: apply a dab at the inner corners of the eyes, and they’ll pop like crazy. I think I busted out that look every time I went out for the next three years.

Now it’s nice to see a new twist on how to wear white shadow, at Donna Karan.

Here’s the head to toe:

donnakaran body First look: Surprisingly wearable white shadow at Donna Karan

And the close-up:

donnakaran face First look: Surprisingly wearable white shadow at Donna Karan

Isn’t it cool to see such an opaque white all over the lid? (Well not all over—just from the lash line to the crease.) The grey dress would have looked lovely with a regular black liner, but the white is so much more modern and cool. It’s almost like a reverse 1960s eye, with the shadow sort of winged out at the outer corners. And true to form, doesn’t this make her eyes look all bright and wide awake?

Best worn, of course, with not much else happening on the face—just great skin with some peachy-pink blush and maybe some lip balm.

Not sure what, exactly, is happening with the hair—possibly a faux bob? I don’t love those, but I do like the smoothness and simplicity, which again keeps the focus on the eyes.



Wednesday, September 16/2009 at 12:39 am

I LOVE this eye. I love how architectural make-up and fashion is becoming. The colors are perfect. The white and the dove grey. I wonder how this would look on a dark beauty? I think this looks stunning on a blonde with light eyes and fair skin. But how would I fair…a tannish chick with deep brown eyes and dark brown hair? I suppose it’s all about the application, having the right brushes and the right product. I will experiment with this. I have a gorgeous liquid liner from Estee Lauder that I’ve always wanted to play with and never knew how and this is going to inspire me. I’ll let you know how it goes. But you are so right. They could have EASILY played this safe with a black cat-eye and went for it with cutting edge white. She looks dewy, youthful and very modern—but there is (as you mention) something 60′s about it. Really cool. xoxoxoxo–one of 365


Wednesday, September 16/2009 at 10:02 am

I looove white eye shadow. I rocked it in high school but I know it never looked this good…possibly because i combined it with glitter? Not sure.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 16/2009 at 4:54 pm

Good point, Oneof365! This would definitely be more dramatic on a darker skintone. (My skin is ghostly pale so it’s really not that much of a stretch for me, ha! No wonder I liked this.)

Anyway, I think on darker skin the application would need to be even more precise… one false move and this could look cheap and tacky. Architectural is the key word – love that reference!

And Nora – I did all kinds of wrong things with glitter too. There are photos of myself I want to BURN.


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