The new softer smoky eye


Diorshow Fusion Mono in Millennium

The smoky eye is a classic. This season it gets a fresher, softer look with shimmery taupe and mink shadows. These soft, sophisticated shades flatter most eyes. 

Apply them lightly for daytime, and more intensely for the evening.  Line your eyes with brown, taupe, or black pencil, then contour them with a smoky wedge of taupe or mink shadow. Smudge the liner into the shadow for a subtler look. Finish with a few coats of black mascara. 

Below are a few of our favourite taupe and mink shadows from super shimmery to matte, and in-between. 

chanel GrisGris

Chanel ombre essentielle soft touch eye shadow in Gris Gris

Chanel ombre essentielle soft touch eye shadow in Gris Gris is a soft shimmery taupe.

Giorgio Armani Eyes matte eye shadow quad in Nudo is a palette four graduated shades of grey – brown with a matte satin _nudo.jpgfinish. 


Elegance is refusal

Not all trends work for everyone --learn to pick and chose!The late great designer Coco Chanel said "elegance is refusal," as she draped herself in yards of baroque pearls and weighed down her wrists with gorgeous cuffs and bangles. You would never see her wearing even one extra bauble or anything that wasn’t absolutely her. Chanel had it right; elegance is refusal.
Darlings, the secret of looking fabulous is neither doing nothing nor doing everything. Rather, it is knowing what works for you. You have to know which trends to pick up on, and which to ignore.
The other day my husband pointed out a young woman on her way to work. She could have looked fabulous, but she just missed the mark. She was tall and slender with a nice mane of hair, but her dress was too short for work. It was a micro-mini, and she made it worse it by following the trend for topping her dress with a shorter trench coat. Lately you see this all the time on TV. Female reporters often like to wear three-quarter length coats over longer dresses. This awkward style cuts a woman's height.
What had caught my husband’s eye was the poor girl tottering along precariously on sky-high platforms. We watched as she pitched forward and backwards, every second in danger of breaking her neck. I love my stilettos, but I can run in them if need be. This poor girl could barely take a step. In addition, it was unnecessary; she simply did not need the extra height. She would have looked chicer and more appealing in lower heels and a slightly longer coat.
As a petite curvy woman, you will never see me in jeans, flats, or dropped waists, no matter how trendy. Those items do not work for me.
Trends are fun, but they are not all winners. This season you may want to:
Avoid red eye shadow:
This ridiculous trend reappears every decade and looks good on no one. Just say no.
Enjoy sea green and sky blue nails:
Marine coloured mani-pedis are hot now and look fabulous with jeans and casual clothes. If you work in a conservative environment, try a pretty blue or green on your feet, and perhaps a pretty nude on your nails. Unless you are in a creative field, keep wild nail looks for the weekends. Sally Hanson Salon Effects makes getting outrageous nail looks at home a snap.
Think twice about multi-colored eye makeup:
An overly made-up look in day-glow colours or pastels is a turnoff, which masks your natural beauty. Just say no. Stick to a natural look or a sultry, smoky eye.
Say no to weird lip colours:
Unless you are trying to attract weirdos, do not look like one yourself. This season, avoid Pepto-Bismal pinks, creepy blood reds, and anything magenta.
When choosing, the most flatting fashion trends, let a three-way mirror be your guide:
Never decide on the length for skirts, pants, or shorts without a good side, back, and bend-over view. Err on the side of caution. Short can be sexy, but too short and the world is your gynecologist — and that is not a good look for anyone.
If you stand sideways in a mirror, you can easily see the three most flattering places on your leg to hem your clothes: above the ankle; below the knee; and above the knee. You will also be able to see whether a garment gives a good shape from the side, or if you are pooching out in it.
Darlings, have fun with fashion and beauty, but remember trends come and go like taxis and planes. If one does not suit you, let it go; a better one will come along any minute.

Shimmer power

L'oreal Hip Chrome Color Gold ChargeOne of the most glamorous looks for the holiday season is metallic eye shadow and liner. A shimmery line of gold, silver, or iridescent purple can make your eyes pop.
L’Oreal’s HiP Color Chrome eye liners are an effortless and chic way to go metallic for the evening.  
Makeup artist Collier Strong recommends: “For eyes that really pop, try using gold or silver liner just in the corners.”
Anne GravelOur glam editor Anne Gravel likes to highlight her blue eye with line of silver metallic. She places a line of L’orealHiP Silver Lightening Color Chrome pencil under her eyes after she has applied her regular black liquid liner.
I have been using the  HiP Gold Charge Chrome Color Eye Liner at night as an accent to my normal black or brown pencil liner. I use it on my top and bottom lids and blend the line to a shimmer.