Finally: Sultry, Smoky Eyeshadow Is Back in Style

It was about time.

Look of the Month - February 2017 - Beauty
Photograph by Amy Troost, Makeup by Karan Franjola; styled by Beth Fenton at Tim Howard Management; Hair by Cim Mahony at LaLaLand Artists; manicure by Tracylee for Chanel at Tim Howard Management; model: Charlee Fraser at IMG Models. Digital Technician: Stephen McGinn; Photography assistants: Henry Lopez, Greg Maka; fashion Assistant: Diana Douglas

At a time when less is more with regard to makeup, a sexy eye at the spring 2017 shows was a rare sight, indeed. So kudos to Nina Ricci and Altuzarra for sending their models down the runway with cool glossy lids. The makeup artist Karan Franjola created the version here with subtle layers of eye pencil, liquid liner, and cream liner just above the lash line, all of which she smudged with her finger and topped with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. “It’s still a smoky eye, but it’s more sheer,” Franjola says. “And the shine lifts it a bit.” It’s a look that is not only doable but eminently wearable. “After the shoot, the model asked me to leave it on. She wore it to go grocery shopping.”

In the Mood for… Smoky Eyes

Woman on the Verge” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine September 2011.

Mary-Kate Olsen” photographed by David Sims; W Magazine January 2006.

One of a Kind” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White; W Magazine April 2011.

Venus de Mila” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White; W Magazine March 2011.

A Show of Hands” photographed by Drew Jarrett, styled by Vanessa Chow and Claudia Mata; W Magazine December 2013.

Color Forums” photographed by Kenneth Willardt, styled by Michelle Cameron; W Magazine September 2015.

François Nars’s Homage to Guy Bourdin” photographed by François Nars, styled by Patti Wilson; W Magazine December 2013.


Go backstage at Prada’s Spring 2017 show with makeup artist Pat McGrath: