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Trend On Trial: panda eyes


Stylist's Beauty Director Joanna McGarry tries out the rebooted smokey eye, as seen at Chanel S/S 2011.

I’m not ashamed to say the smokey eye is a make-up look that has always eluded me. The prospect of fiddling with a legion of brushes and varying shades of shadow is just too loaded with risk. Which is why I’m so relieved to see this season’s new edition of the smokey eye – a dramatic, lash to brow wash of tonal colour – given catwalk credence at Chanel and Byblos. In reality, this look amounts to two-day-old panda eyes, no sculpting, graduating, or professional blending required, and after bubbling under for the last few seasons, it’s hit its peak.

However, pile too much on and you could be left with two black eyes. So, despite having a vendetta against all glittery make-up, I attempted it with a lighter wash of the black and gold tone in Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Island Oasis Eye Palette, £31. Or opt for a sweep of Armani’s new Eyes To Kill glitterpots, £24.50 each, finishing with several coats of Clinique High Length Mascara, £15.

A word of warning: unless you enjoy scaring small children, this is not a day look. I was relieved when darkness fell, at which point I took my eyes out to the suitably dramatic setting of the opera, where, they went down a treat. And unlike many a smokey eye that’s gone before, it’s so simple, a panda could do it.

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