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Ingénues own the realm of wide, starry-eyed gazes. With carefully applied, subtle traces of makeup, the likes of Mia Farrow, Twiggy, and Michelle Williams have tamed the hearts of men and inspired generations of women to mimic their coquettish glances. For makeup artist Pati Dubroff (often responsible for Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth and Charlize Theron’s red carpet looks) an expertly contoured eye in neutral tones will elegantly deliver an open, wide-eyed effect. “Contouring the eyelid’s crease line is crucial for defining the eye,” explains Dubroff. “Especially for women of a certain age, a taupe colored shadow in the socket can instantly give the eyes a more lifted appearance.”
Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (1974)/Getty Images
Matte textures in taupe-grey tones are KEY to creating the PERFECT contour effect.
Dab little dots of a matte cream shadow along the crease line. Matte textures in taupe-grey tones are key to creating the perfect contour effect. Anything shimmery in the crease line can be too multi-dimensional and disco-y.
To set and keep the cream shadow in place, lightly tap on a matte, taupe toned eye shadow along the crease, over the blended cream shadow. A sweep of mascara on the lashes will finish the look, but those who prefer to up the ante can tap on the shimmery shade from the palette onto the centers of the eyelid.