New York S/S ’11: Orange eyelids should look wrong but are suddenly SO right

orange eyeshadow spring summer 2011 New York

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:

THAKOON SPRING RTW 2011 BACKSTAGE 011 runway New York S/S 11: Orange eyelids should look wrong but are suddenly SO right

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:

CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 040 runway New York S/S 11: Orange eyelids should look wrong but are suddenly SO right

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:

DEREK LAM SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 014 runway New York S/S 11: Orange eyelids should look wrong but are suddenly SO right

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.


Thursday, September 23/2010 at 12:04 pm

I love this. It gives a little fun POP to the eye! Sometimes I use my lipliner as an eyeliner.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 23/2010 at 6:36 pm

Wow, you were way ahead of the trend then! Can’t say I’ve ever put a lip product on my eyes! Going to try though… hopefully I’ll end up looking like Karlie… ha!


Sunday, September 26/2010 at 10:49 pm

I have to admit… I am REALLY liking this trend! Even moreso than the turquoise liner/shadow trend, haha! So interesting, but definitely striking. The last pic is my favorite– I think it looks absolutely gorgeous on her. I might seriously invest in that Estee Lauder pencil….
As weird as it feels to say, I think orange might be more user friendly than blue — weird, right? But, I know personally, I felt a little weird wearing blue because I have green eyes, but orange is friendly to ALL eye colors, haha! Though again… I think the orange looks so great on the last pic because she has blue eyes and the color compliments it so well.
Thanks so much for the post, Karen!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 27/2010 at 5:11 pm

I know, I love the last pic too but not sure how much I’m being swayed by her gorgeous skin and hair! Because she’s so pale, the orange really stands out.
I agree that it’s very wearable—well maybe not the last look but the other interpretations, definitely! Kind of a new take on browns and equally pretty on blue or green eyes. (And, well, brown eyes can wear ALL colours – lucky bishes!)


Thursday, September 30/2010 at 2:27 pm

I like the Thakoon pic the best. I’m fair skinned but have darker hair, so I’m hoping the combo might make the shadow muted enough. I like playing with my eyeshadows, but I don’t wanna look like I came out of a bad makeover.

So this is for Spring, right? Or are we actually wearing orange in the fall?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 1/2010 at 11:19 am

These are for spring but I don’t see why you couldn’t do the Thakoon or Carolina Herrera looks now. (The Derek Lam I’d probably save for summer.)

I think the key to pulling this off for fall would be to maybe pair these colours with some darker liner and lots of black mascara to “ground” it.


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