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Red Carpet Beauty: Eye-Drama DOs and DON'Ts from the Met Ball 2013

The Met Ball 2013 served up some serious eye-drama. Here's inspiration and makeup details on Emmy Rossum, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, plus a look at Taylor Swift and Ginnifer Goodwin.
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2013 Costume Institute Gala - PUNK: Chaos To Couture

This year's Met Ball was a hotbed of interesting makeup decisions. I've never been struck by so many celebrity looks! So many arresting eye makeup ideas (above: Emmy Rossum's is one of my faves). This post is all dramatic eyes, from smoky to graphic, as well as details about Michelle Williams' insanely enviable skin (plus her makeup details, Anne Hathaway's, and Emmy Rossum's too ). It's not about liner -- that's still to come. And it's not about colour -- also still to come.

Michelle Williams_2013 Costume Institute Gala - PUNK: Chaos To Couture

DO Michelle Williams must inspire major complexion-envy in more women than just me. Her glow looks like it's all her. And apparently she owes some of it to a three-stage facial ($250 USd) by celeb facialist Joanna Vargas. The 60-minute treatment included a diamond peel microdermabrasion, followed by a micro-current session via hand-held prongs (the theory is that the mild electrical current stimulates facial muscles and encourages collagen and elastin production). The third stage was a vitamin-enriched oxygen treatment that needs some explanation. Whatever, her skin looks amazing.


The rest of Michelle's glow came from makeup artist Angela Levin’s technique, which included Chanel Lotion Douceur Gentle Hydrating Toner, Hydra Beauty Creme from hairline to decollete, Le Blush Creme in Inspiration (coming this summer), plus a finishing mist of Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist (also this summer). On her eyes she used Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Trace all over the lid and along the lower lashlines. To create that thick dramatic line long the upper lashes, she used Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Black Star and blended it with Taupe Grisé. Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Avant-Garde. Chanel is available at Holt Renfrew, Murale and select department stores.


DO Anne Hathaway and her newly-blonde hair... I don't know. Looks brassy already, as going blonde from dark can (it takes a lot of peroxide to get through all the red in naturally dark brown hair). But I do like her eye makeup, with its smudgy intensity. Makeup artist Adam Breuchaud blended Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid with Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Deep Night on Anne's lids, then intensifed the lash lines and outer corners with Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir. Laura Mercier is available at Holt Renfrew.


DOTaylor Swift has such perfect, young-collagen skin that foundation makes her look plastic. Love the elongated shape of her eyes in this smoulder-y makeup. Remind me to try this for my next evening out -- it'll make me look more Asian. *grin* (I'm usually a just-liner girl.)

Emmy Rossum _2013 Costume Institute Gala - PUNK: Chaos To Couture

DO Emmy Rossum has such an amazing face. She can do big-eyed gamine, enchanting ingenue, and, it turns out, Cleopatra. She's exquisitely exotic in this makeup. Celebrity pro Jo Baker prepped lids with NYX Eye Shadow Base in White, then followed with NYX Cream Shadow in Chocolate (she used the same shade for Emmy's brows). She added drama with NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer in Onyx, softened it with a bit of NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Tryst, and used NYX Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Black for that fabulous exaggerated wing. NYX is available at Target.

DON'T Ginnifer Goodwin is usually one of my favourites when it comes to red-carpet makeup. And I understand this is all punk, punk, punk, so thumbs up for taking the risk. But Ginnifer looks like she's wearing some kind of one-piece stick-on brows + eyeshadow thing. Overpowering. Takes a while to notice her lovely fresh pink cheeks and that soft sheen on her lips -- I love all those, if not the eye makeup.

What do you think? Would you try any of the techniques you see here?