The Classic Smoky Eye


Channel your inner Parisienne to pull off a smoky eye at any age.

Carine Roitfeld.

Carine Roitfeld. Photo: Getty

If ever there were a beauty look to burn down the house, it'd be the smoky eye. And since returning home from a recent trip to the "City of Light", I've never been more in love with this style. When it comes to make-up, the French only have time for the classics, and that's exactly what this is. If you're after proof, you only have to look at fashion stylist, ex-French Vogue editor and, wait for it ... grandmother, Carine Roitfeld, who, at the ripe age of 58, is the pin-up girl for sultry eye make-up.

"Once they hit 40, most women tend to start wearing earthy-toned shadows for their subtlety, but they're not necessarily the most flattering," says Melbourne-based make-up artist Michael Brown. Instead, Brown says blending a dark eyeshadow up to the crease line helps to hollow out the eye area, creating the illusion of a higher-set brow bone and bigger eyes. The other key is to use matte shadows, which, unlike shimmery variants, won't settle into creases to play up fine lines.

Anyway, getting back to Roitfeld, MAC Cosmetics has just immortalised the style veteran's contribution to come-hither eyes with a limited-edition make-up range (MAC Carine Roitfeld) complete with ample eyeshadows, a nude lipstick and a blacker-than-black kohl liner. Someone pass the champagne!