Fashion is fickle. I just wrote you a post about an ethereal, pale, light smoky eye, and now here we are with THIS (at Valentino). The polar opposite: all graphic lines and heavy, heavy black.
Just in case, you know, you wanted OPTIONS.
One reason I’m a fan of this look is because it works on people who lack creases in their eyelids. That would be me. And many, many Asian people. Oh, and the model Chanel Iman (this is from Bottega Veneta, but it gives you a good view of those lids):
Now, here she is with the graphic liner at Valentino:
See? It gives the illusion of a crease because the liner (well, it’s mostly likely a combo of liner plus shadow) is extended up slightly higher on the lid. And notice how the colour is taken all the way from the inner corners.
All of this may not be important to you if you have normal eyelids, but for us crease-challenged people, it’s KEY. (Otherwise, we go through a daily caper known as The Case of the Missing Eyeshadow, which gets REAL old after a while, see?)
Tools you need: some INDUSTRIAL-strength black liner, and some black shadow over top to help it stay put. I hear, via Beautygeeks‘ Janine, that Make Up For Ever and Gosh have some impressive waterproof options these days.
Last thing: although Valentino Garavani retired in 2007 (Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are now designing for the label), perhaps consider one more thing to get you all Valentino-esque. Go see the documentary (Valentino: The Last Emperor), which will not only give you a new appreciation for the grace and femininity of the clothing, but also make you laugh—A LOT—at the relationship between the man himself and his long-suffering business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. It’s a must-see!