Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 Beauty: Smoky Shades of Greige

Armani fall runway beauty

The Fall 2009 face at Giorgio Armani Beauty contrasts a fresh, luminous complexion against a muted, almost monotone lip in soft plum (armanisilk Lipsilk in 92) - a blue/grey alternative to beige which adds intensity to the lip without taking away focus from the main event: the new smoky eye created using deep Greige tones. The star of the fall beauty lineup is undoubtedly the Manta Ray Eye Duo Palette, inspired by the brand's luxurious fashion accessories and rendered in an exotic, stippled pattern for creating subtle contours and highlights. “Eye shadow is about shading, and rather than adding shadows, these muted tones contour and define, accentuating the eye and the pupil; the focus is actually on the eye itself," notes celeb makeup artist Linda Cantello. "My favorite is the Greige and charcoal duo shade palette, but the pale lilac grey and fuchsia offer a really beautiful pop of color.” For contrast, try adding a sweep of slick of fast-drying, long-lasting Liquid Silk Eye Liner in intense Matte Charcoal Gray or Midnight Metallic Blue.

Cantello explains how to create the Armani runway "Greige" eye:

Armani fall 2009 beauty

1. Contour the eye by sweeping the Greige shade along the crease of the eye. Then sweep the shade under the lower lash line and over the upper lash line. Add intensity with charcoal.

2. A second option is to sweep the charcoal shadow over the whole lid, using the Greige to blend. For added intensity, apply midnight blue eyeliner along the upper lid lash line.

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