Every year around this time, beauty trendcasters begin to herald the Return of the Bold Lip. So long, summery glosses and sheer pastels! Make way for bright reds and moody mauves.
We say: Not so fast.
Armani Beauty has found a new way to do autumnal glamour. At Giorgio Armani’s Fall 2012 show, models sported totally nude lips, drawing attention instead to a set of powerful, graphic eyes. More like art than makeup, the look features a dramatic, smokey upsweep that stops just short of completion. Edged in white, the dark eyeshadow trails off in a convex form, leaving the inner area of the lid almost bare. The result is dramatic but decidedly wearable: There are no crazy colors, no neons, no crystals. It’s the new smokey eye for 2012. After all, classics made modern is what Armani does best.
Plus, there is no better time to try it out than now—when you spend $200 on cosmetics and fragrances at Barneys New York, you’ll receive a complimentary cosmetics bag brimming with some of our favorite products. But hurry—this is a first-come-first-served limited edition!
Step 1: Perfect makeup calls for a perfect complexion underneath. Prime your skin by washing it with a delicate cleanser, then let it soak up some moisture with a layer of Crema Nera. This unique cream contains obsidian, a natural mineral compound that has been extracted from petrified lava on the Italian island of Pantelleria. Follow up with some firming eye balm.
Step 2: This look calls for a flawless finish—but without hiding your skin’s natural radiance under layers of cakey foundation. Start with a smoothing primer, then blend in Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation with a face brush. Finish with a light sweep of sheer blush and concealer where needed.
Step 3: This is where it gets fun. Start by lining the upper and lower lids with Armani’s foolproof liquid eyeliner. Next, use the eye shader brush to apply the darkest shade in the Eyes to Kill palette: Starting above the pupil, sweep the shadow outwards into a delicate wing shape, leaving a notched V above the center of the eye. Using the tip of the brush, line the V with the lightest shade in the palette, then dab the brownish hue onto the center of the smokey wing. Add some miracle-working Eyes to Kill mascara, then brush the brows upwards with an eyebrow pencil and draw a few subtle strokes to extend your eyebrows closer to your temples. The finishing touch? A thin coat of sheer lipstick in a neutral tone.
Main images courtesy of Style.com.