The Perfect Khaki Eye

Fall eye shadows are typically nothing to get too excited about. 
Most years we see the same old beiges, browns and berries, and it leaves us a little uninspired.

Fall/Winter 2010 however, brings a little excitement to the makeup table, in the form of Khaki.

Khaki is huge this season! The 2010 Khakis are a little more complex than their predecessors, a little more interesting, but still require a few good tricks to make them look sensational.

1) Be really well concealed and color corrected under the eyes. Use pinky/peachy toned color correctors to cancel out the blue/gray tones. Applying an ivory or vanilla concealer will just make the under eye look ashy and gray. The murky depths of a khaki shadow can leave you looking tired if you’re not well cleaned up under the eyes.

2) Khaki shadow looks best when you’re wearing a full cover, luminous foundation. The olive undertones in khaki can make the skin look sallow, so fire up your most beautiful base, and breathe some life into your autumn cheeks with a fresh hued blush.

3) Look for khakis with deeper green hues. Don’t go too pale or too olive as these can give a very bruised look. Depth in color will make your eye look more robust.

4) Avoid flat shadows – go for something with a gold shimmer to it. My favorites this season are Chanel Vert Khaki and Bobbi Brown Forest, both of which have a delicious metallic golden sheen to them, reflecting gold and emerald without being frosted. This immediately wakens and enlivens the eye, while maintaining smoking smoldering intensity.

5) If you have flat olives or browns in your makeup drawer, bring them to life by mixing metallic coppers or bronzes with them, or laying a shimmering gold shadow over top. A good gold shadow creates all kinds of options to reinvent shadows that are looking old or dull.

6) The best way to wear a khaki shadow is as a smoky, moody eye, well blended and with a bold but buffed out liner and tons of mascara.

Get Your Leopard On!!

Normally fall fashions get overwhelmingly tedious with all the gray/brown/blackness that reach out and hit you over the head like a dulled mallot. But not this season. Fall 2010 is giving us a little excitement in the form of leopard prints. Fun, fabulous, fantastic leopard!

Kate Moss – always perfection

We are seeing leopard everything – from shoes

to handbags to belts and scarves.

 Fall 2010’s bottoms look best dressed in a leopard thong…

thong by Sensuelle

The divine leopard print coats and jackets that ruled the runways, can kick up any old black ensemble and make it super sleek chic and cool.


Unless you are JLo or Jackie Collins don’t try to pull off head to toe leopard. Instead of suggesting a little inner feline you’ll look like you’re unleashing your full on cougar! Ideally wear one statement piece (dress/coat) and counterbalance it with a simple solid, or take a couple of fab leopard accessories and use them to bring the drama to anything you own.

When using more than one leopard piece, make it more interesting by layering different sized and colored prints, and combine different textures.

There are two major makeup trends to pair with leopard this season.

The first is a smoldering, sexy eye coupled with a soft nude mouth. Major eye shadows to use are a metallic shimmering eggplant, or a copper khaki shimmer. Make sure you make the eye very sultry, buffed out and with considerable depth.

Angelina Jolie, gorgeous in leopard

Use a full bodied foundation, give your cheeks lots of autumnal love, then soften it all with a dewy finish on a nude lipstick.

Maxim Magazine’s sexiest woman on earth, Christina Hendricks


The other major trend is to again use a full, luminous base (try Makeup Forever HD) a well contoured cheek, and this time add in a power brow – well groomed and defined, a soft, bare eye shadow on a well lined heavily lashed eye and set the whole thing alight with a bright, bold, catch me if you can red lipstick. Avoid burgundy reds, purple reds and dark reds. If you only buy one piece of makeup this season, make it a bright, modern, exciting red!


Here is the Daily Dish segment all about leopard for fall 2010:

Four Quick Steps To Lighten and Brighten Your Eyes

Nothing will undo your look more quickly than dull, tired looking eyes. Whether you wake up with puffy eyes or whether you sit in front of a computer all day and wind up looking exhausted, having a few good tricks up your sleeve can make all the difference in the world.

 Four quick steps to lighten and brighten your eyes!

 1) Use a good de-puffer under the eye.

I love Kiehls Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer. It soothes, cools, hydrates, gets the circulation going and de-puffs all in one easy step. I also love that it comes in a stick form instead of a lotion or gel. 

2) Curl those lashes!

A really high speed way to open the eye is to curl the lashes. But not all lash curlers are created equal! Some just flip the lash up, or don’t shape it nicely. Makeup artists all over the world swear by the Shu Uemura lash curler ( due to its perfect shape. (always curl before applying mascara!!)

3.) Use a supersonic mascara

such as Cargo’s incredible Texas Lash mascara. In Texas they like everything bigger, and this mascara is no exception!! Put on several coats and build some big, dramatic exciting eyes.

4) Use a highlighter.

Again from Cargo I love the Eyelighter pen. Keep one in your handbag for a quick freshen up after work, use when getting ready to go out, or on those days when you need a little extra something in the morning. This double ended pen simplifies age old makeup artist trick of using both matte and frosted highlighting shadows. The pointed tip puts a matte shadow under the brow, under the lower lash line and at the outer corner of the eye, while the rounded tip puts a soft shimmering highlight to the inner corners of the eye. Your eyes look instantly bright and alive!