The inspiring array of models walking the runway at Dolce & Gabbana in Milan last week was big news in the beauty world. Why? Well, Maye Musk, Carla Bruni, Ashley Graham and Isabella Rossellini were among the line-up – a welcome change from the usual run of fashion shows, which normally see a much younger crop of models.
The artfully applied make-up was modern-day Sophia Loren at its finest; each woman appeared bold, ageless and confident.
Of course the classic hallmarks of sexy make-up were present: sculpted cheekbones and the occasional scarlet-red lip. But the real va-va-voom was in the eyes and brows. The message? Smouldering, dramatic eyes are back.
So how do you make them convincing at any age? Start with a wash of nude shadow on the lids with a hint of shimmer (not sparkle). Blend it all over the lid working up to the brow bone. Follow with a stroke of black eyeliner along the upper lashes, gently lifting just short of the outer corner of the eye.
A make-up artist once told me this is the secret trick to giving the illusion of immediately lifted and ‘awake’ eyes. It works. If you don’t want to use a liquid liner, a good gel-pencil gives you lasting power with less fuss. Finish with several coats of lifting mascara.
Finally, this season is all about a sculpted arch. Pick a shade as close to your natural hair colour as possible and softly stroke a pencil in the direction of the hairs, paying particular attention to the arch of the brow. The idea is that as soon as you get your eyes right, anything else falls into place: whether that’s a pop of rose blush or a slick of coral lipstick. On the right are some of my favourite products for bang- up-to-date Sophia Loren-inspired eyes.
This was used backstage at Milan on everyone from Maye Musk to Carla Bruni.
For natural-looking brows with definition, you can’t beat this pencil. It comes in a range of shades.
With the faintest hint of shimmer, this is extremely flattering.
This easy-to-use gel liner is a great option for liner novices.