Orange Eyelids Should Look Wrong But are Suddenly So Right

At least if New York Fashion Week is any indication.
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At least if New York Fashion Week is any indication.
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Just when we were easing into the idea of orange on our lips, those crazy designers shook things up again and decided we should ALSO wear orange on our eyelids.

You heard me—I said orange eyelids.

It's sort of the new blue eyeshadow, if you will. Remember when it was an unspeakable, laughable makeup faux pas to even THINK about wearing blue eyeshadow?

That's kind of the situation blue's poor cousin orange finds itself in right now. But I think there is hope! Because when you see how pretty it can look, you might just wanna try this trend yourself—I know I do.

Here it is at Thakoon:

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Now, keep in mind that the orange stands out a lot more on this model because of her extremely pale skin and hair. If you are not ghostly pale, this will probably look more understated on you—and therefore much more wearable.

The key thing to note is how the muted coral lip and blush in the same colour family helps it all harmonize together. I think it works—do you?

The colours used were from NARS, but most of them aren't out until 2011. Get the look with: Laguna Bronzer, Zen Blush, Cordura Duo Eyeshadow, Goldfinger Eyeshadow, Edie Eyeshadow, Coconut Grove Eyeshadow, Goddess Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick and Striptease Lip Gloss.

Slightly more intense is the coppery version from Carolina Herrera:

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It's a distinct possibility that this looks incredible simply because Karlie Kloss is wearing it (and I heart her so much)... but I'm thinking even normal civilians could do this.

The makeup is by M.A.C and surprise! They've used lip products on the eyes. Specifically, Brick Lip Pencil blended from the lashline to the crease, diffused toward the outer corners; Antiqued Eye Shadow on top to extend the horizontal shape; and Diva Lipstick to the inner and outer crease. On the lips, it's Sugar Rimmed Dazzleglass, and on the cheeks, Pinch O' Peach Powder Blush.

And if you're REALLY liking the orange, try the super-intense Derek Lam version:

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Wowza! Can you believe this makeup is by Estée Lauder? (The brilliant Tom Pecheux, of course.)

Just like M.A.C did, he used a lip product on the eye—it's the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral. (So just think: if you invest in it, you'll get TWO looks for the price of one. Bonus!)

And remember when we were gushing over the bold, intense lipsticks at Diane von Furstenberg and Lacoste? Those always look best with an otherwise bare face—so follow the same rule here with the bold colours on your eyes. Miss Abbey Lee Kershaw looks aMAZing with fresh skin, a hint of gloss and then the—BAM!—crazy orange peeking out from her eyelids.

(And let's also note how phenomenal her new haircut is. This is one for the Anti-Layers Crowd. It is now in my Haircuts folder.)

So what do you think of the orange trend?
Do you prefer it on the lips, eyes or both?
Or maybe the only orange you're into is the juice kind. That's okay too.