Eye Love You


I’m in love with an eye shadow. It all started in March: backstage at Rochas in Paris, models milled around with blackberry lips (not so surprising; it had already become, by that point, the hue to beat for fall), and eyes that were hugged—top and bottom—by a wash of a hard-to-place, hazy color. Lucia Pieroni held up a square Clé de Peau compact with a violet-swirled lid and told me, “we’re doing a sort of ‘blown out’ smoky eye, so there are no edges to it—it’s very soft-focus. No liner, no mascara…it’s kind of like shading the eye. To me, that has a real beauty because you get to see people’s lids, which you don’t usually see because when you have loads of mascara or liner on, the lid disappears. Here, you get this really beautiful wide, oval shape.”

I was transfixed. So transfixed that, upon hearing that the shadow in question—the limited edition Bordeaux Amethyst—wasn’t hitting shelves until RIGHT NOW, I started to panic. This way of doing eye shadow is so genius, my brain raced. It’s not in the crease…it’s not “smoky” in the typical way…it’s like a smoke of sexy vampire color. It’s so…fresh. Keep in mind that I was averaging about three hours of sleep a night. The petite, French Clé de Peau PR person backstage must have been telepathic, because, as if on cue, she gave me that drug-dealing sort of glance (you know, the kind you see in movies), slipped a little square into my bag, and walked away. From that point on, not a day goes by that I don’t dip a finger into that shadow, smudge it all over my eyelid, using that little sponge-y guy it comes with that I swear to God I’ve never used under any other circumstance to make a sort of “line” underneath my eye. It can be as subtle or as intense as you want—and the best part is...it’s kind of, sort of, all you need.

Or at least, all I want. For Meghan Collison, the 24-year-old star of the new Proenza campaign, that one necessary item is MAC’s StudioFix compact powder plus foundation (NC-50 in the summer, NC-15 in the winter). “And if I’m going to do a lip, I don’t like that nude thing. I like my lips to look alive,” she told us the other day at our studio, citing Revlon’s Just Bitten lip stains as another go-to. Wearing an Asos floral top with a lace collar, Collison looked markedly different than the one-time pseudo-goth-girl (who got the attention of Steven Meisel and Italian Vogue back in 2007) we were expecting. “I used to wear a lot of black—you know, black skinny jeans, black top. But I got sick of always reaching for the same thing; I went through a kind of style slump, and decided to start brightening up. Now I wear a lot of vintage, and I’m really into things with collars.”

Before taking off to the Poconos with her boyfriend and their ivory Devon Rex cat Penny (peep her Instagram—@omgitsmeg—for a look) for a pre-fashion week getaway, Collison and I had a little dress-up session with my favorite eye shadow and its lip counterpart (not to be overlooked—R10, a fantastic shade for fall). Here it is, the definitive makeup message for fall. You can quote me.


Meghan Collison photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on August 23rd 2012. 

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  • ClosetCravings

    I love the eye shadow look - incredible for fall. Unfortunately, it's the kind of thing I would try and then feel like I resembled a not-so glamorous goth-clown. I envy girls that can effortlessly pull off looks this one. =)
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  • Michele Crenshaw

    Kinda loving that look eye look too!!

  • Michele Crenshaw

    I'm kinda loving that eye look too! Very "smoldery". I always find it hard to blend my smokey eye while keeping a distinct line anyway, so this is perfect! I can't wait to see all the berry lipsticks.

  • http://starlightsworld.blogspot.de/ Andrea

    beautiful make up!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    The eyes do look very soft, pretty, and modern, but I think I'm more entranced with the lip! Can't wait to sport some deep, berry lips this fall. Do you know what shade of lipstick she's wearing here?



  • http://www.facebook.com/c.ro87 Caitlin Robertson Willard

    i am so in love with this look!!! so very 90's...but in a good way. the shadow is totally vampy. i would think it would look fabulous with a little vaseline on top to gloss it up a bit too :) great post to get me even more excited for fall :)

  • Karenmariewag

    Couldn't agree with you more Emily. Unfortunately, they no longer stock cle de peau in Europe. Any suggested alternatives?

  • http://katemossdaily.blogspot.com/ kate moss daily

    Great red lip! I'm not much of a lipstick gal, but I'd like to try this. And Meg sure knows how to sell lipstick!

  • Charlotte

    These are gorgeous, Emily!
    I have one question though...how the heck is she an ND 50 in the summer? I don't think ND exists in MAC, and 50 is an extremely dark shade for someone with a deep, deep tan. I'd love some insight!

  • http://adonisetandouille.wordpress.com/ Adonis/&/Andouille

    One of my fave models. She looks like Nick Cave which is always a plus in my book.

  • Gegenstand

    What foundation is Collison wearing? It doesn't look purely matte finish like studio fix would be.

  • nereids

    I know Meghan already has insane cheekbones, but what did you use to contour? It looks amazing.

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow she is gorgeous--she has really intense eyes and the makeup really plays on that. Everything is perfection!

  • Frieda

    Beautiful make-up! To create a similar look I have used Shisedo's Hydro Powder Eye Shadow in Spring Plum. It's one of the best cream shadows! So easy to apply and the colour looks amazing.


  • Danny

    Now that ITG has more contributors, I think it would be a great idea to put the writer's name of each feature up top underneath the title. I keep reading everything with Emily's voice until I get to the bottom and realize the article is written by someone else! xx

  • http://greaseandglamour.com/ Jinna Yang

    Absolutely stunning photo & makeup!!



  • Beatriz

    I've cherished Cle's subtly shimmered eyeshadows as a long-time beauty secret... bummer! Now that the secret is out, you ladies should know that their foundation is also exceptional. This is a wonderful Fall look, as well as a fresh face.

  • ivy

    love the lip color!!!!

  • http://www.MrAJBx3.com MrAJBx3

    I have to admit i really love just a smokey look with no liner or anything i agree that it looks amazing! <3

  • http://kitchenafternoon.blogspot.com/ Kitchenafternoon

    I went to get the summer bits cut off my hair today, glanced at a magazine while waiting and there was Miss Emily! You looked great!

  • Una B
  • Guest

    she looks like you!

  • daphnebrunelle

    I agree that this does have a nice '90s feel to it!

    I think that what I usually don't like about eyeshadows, is that they are almost always used in somewhat elaborate looks, with a darker color in the crease, and it makes the eye look so "powdery" and "done". A simple wash of color above and under is PERFECT!

    Daphne | Dee & Duke

  • http://www.daulbe.com/ Daul Be

    She looks so vampy and I love it!

  • taco

    How are the whites of her eyes so white???

    Does anyone have any tips on getting whiter whites, as mine are often slightly red from constant computer use etc...

  • Lauren

    I also love doing that hazy smoky eye with Nars New York eyeshadow, kind of a winey-brown. It looks vaguely natural and low maintenance but still very sexy.

  • Allison

    i love this look for fall! a fab look for night, but for day i prefer Jil Sander's natural make-up, as seen here http://www.amazine.com/story/903478

    what are your thoughts?