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Beauty Daredevil: Prada Fall 2012 Runway Look

By Jane Kirby / July 3, 2012

Photo credits: John Patterson (left), Getty Images (right)

In our Beauty Daredevil series, we convince an intrepid reporter to try an experiment that we're too chicken to test ourselves. For this installment, contributor Jane Kirby takes inspiration from a bold eye makeup look seen on the runway at the Prada Fall 2012 collection in Milan.

Trying this eye look took a steady hand and several attempts. It could be worn out in the evening, but it is not an everyday look.


After looking at the Fall 2012 runway beauty looks, it seemed that the Prada makeup look was, hands down, the best for a beauty dare. Makeup artist Pat McGrath gave the models a three-colored eye consisting of orange eyebrows, heavy black eyelids and a hint of purple under the bottom eyelashes. The face was very pale, including white pigment on the cheekbones, forehead and inner corner of the eyes.


Illustration: Jane Kirby

For hair, stylist Guido Palau created a doll-themed look that seemed computer-generated. He added long colored hair extensions, then created body and volume at the crown and top of the head, keeping the rest of the style sleek.
  1. I started with Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, only using the green base to tone down my often reddish complexion.
  2. Then I applied Benefit Stay Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer on eyelids and all over my eyebrows.
  3. Next, for foundation I used Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Sheer Coverage in Medium Tint.
  4. For the black eyelid I used Victoria Secret Luminous Eyeshadow and Liner Duo in Obsessed.
  5. For definition, I used Wet 'n' Wild H2O Proof Liquid Liner in #881 Black.
  6. For the orange on the eyebrows, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Orange #10.
  7. For white around the inner part of the eyes, I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, a metallic white.
  8. Lastly, for the purple under eyeliner I used Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD in 006.
  9. I set the look with Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder.

Behind the Scenes: Jane deftly perfects the look with liquid liner. Photo credit: John Patterson

Taking off the makeup wasn’t as challenging as it seemed at first. I used Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, along with Ponds cold cream and a dab of Vaseline to take off the strong liquid liner. 
Would you try this look?