Try One of These Exciting New Twists on the Ol' Smoky Eye

Two fresh looks from Milan.
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Two fresh looks from Milan.

Old and busted: Stock standard, run-of-the-mill smoky eyes. (Yawn.)

New hotness: Smoky eyes, but with a twist.

I'm serious, folks! There are changes afoot when it comes to how we apply our eye makeup. Not that I will judge if you still want to do it the old way.

But the change I'm talking about is exciting in that it's not so much about colour but emphasis. And that emphasis just happens to be under, not on top of the eyes. (We saw an inkling of this a few months back with Chase Aston, remember?)

Here's what I'm talking about, at Roberto Cavalli:


Don't her eyes look all sexy and feline? And yet, they're not really all that made up, because what's happening on the top lid—where we used to spend all our time—is just a simple wash of brown shadow all the way from the lash line right up to the brows.

Underneath the eye is where the real action is—in the form of a black liner applied right along the waterline and softly smudged with the brown shadow. This is the tightlining trick—my Jedi Mind Eyeliner Trick—I was talking about yesterday, except on the lower, not upper waterline. And if you're looking for good, non-melty prodz to get it, read here.

It's also INCREDIBLY transformative to do this look when people aren't used to seeing you with sexy ass eye makeup. I mean, look at this model, Lindsey Wixson—does she even look like the same person?


Okay, maaaaybe that dimple gives it away... but she definitely looks sultrier, sexier, more sophisticated with the defined eyes.

The other smokey eye news was at Giorgio Armani (whose smokies last season, if you'll recall, were gorgeously ethereal)...


This time, a much heavier hand—and it's both underneath the eye AND in the inner corners. Surprise!

Now, you might not be inclined to use quite as dark of a shadow in real life because, well, people might wonder if you've just got an allergy or really bad dark circles or something. But I can attest that this application can be quite pretty when you use colours in the silvery, green or blue families. (Does anyone remember that Lancôme ad from a few years back when Daria Werbowy's makeup was applied this way? Stunning.)

Unless you are a pro, you really want to invest in an expensive eyeshadow for this, as well as a good brush (sorry). I say this just because the pricier shadows tend to have superior pigments that go on in a sheer sort of way and let you gradually build up the colour. I've written before about a couple of my all-time faves: the new, long-lasting YSL shadows and Thierry Mugler's very excellent Ombre Stellaire monos.

So tell me...

What do you think of the new smokey eye?
Do you still prefer the old smokey eye?
Or should we just go back to talking about bright lipsticks? (Can't say I blame you. They're definitely easier than eye makeup to apply.)