Four intrepidly gorgeous, doldrums-banishing looks we’re saving for our most confident days.
1.Barbara Bui’s Silver Nails
Icy silver is eye-catching, but here, the severe shape is really the point (wink). “The length is glamorous, but the shape gives a hint of fierce,” says Marian Newman, the manicurist behind the look, who says stiletto tips can be “blunted slightly” for easier wear.
TIP: Each point should align precisely with the nail’s center, “so it doesn’t look wonky,” Newman says. To prevent nails from breaking before achieving optimal talon length, use a strengthening polish, such as Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment.
2.Charlotte Olympia’s Red Lids
“Trendy ’80s London” was the inspiration behind these vermilion lids, says makeup artist Christelle Cocquet, who kept the splashy shade chic with careful application, painting on an even arc of M.A.C Pro Acrylic Paint in Basic Red (1), then smoothing clear eye gloss on top to add luster. Fitting for a style best worn “to a party,” Cocquet says.
TIP: Be liberal with black mascara and liner to balance the red. For a low-key look, Cocquet suggests swapping bright red for burgundy, such as CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Eros (2).
3.Emporio Armani’s Technicolor Lashes
Giorgio Armani International Makeup Artist Linda Cantello’s playful, hand-painted faux lashes offer “a nice change,” she says, from basic black. We suggest a spectrum of deep emerald-green mascaras (see above), for a subtle yet interesting effect that’s easier to wear than (admittedly awesome) neon-green and magenta.
TIP: Flick a fun-color mascara over your usual black, swiping just the tips of lashes for a toe-dip trial.
1. YSL Mascara Vinyl Couture in Excitement Green. 2. GIVENCHY Phenomen’Eyes Mascara in Heroic Green. 3. BY TERRY Mascara in Green Galaxy.
4.Anthony Vaccarello’s Jewel Cat-Eye
Show people that if you’re not good at applying red lipstick, maybe you’re good at gluing jewels onto your face, Pecheux says. He affixed fake-diamond jewels—purchased “in the subway and in Chinatown”—at the corner of models’ eyes, resulting in the most lavish cat-eye ever, after etching on “strong Maria Callas–esque eyeliner for toughness,” he adds.
TIP: Use eyelash glue to keep faux jewels in place. Or try Kryolan Body Jewels (safe for the face), which have adhesive backs.