Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BLACK EYES PLEASE; Sharpen Your Kohl Pencil: The Vampire Look Is Back. Chalk-White Faces, Extreme Eye-Shadow and Raven Bobs Are the Order of Today, Finds Liz Hoggard

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BLACK EYES PLEASE; Sharpen Your Kohl Pencil: The Vampire Look Is Back. Chalk-White Faces, Extreme Eye-Shadow and Raven Bobs Are the Order of Today, Finds Liz Hoggard

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Byline: Liz Hoggard

ALL OF a sudden the subtly smoky eye looked so last season. When the A-list turned up to Burberry's catwalk show last Tuesday they changed the face of makeup. The front row was dominated by black-eyed beauties, batting their full-on lashes, looking bang on trend.

There was Harry Potter star Emma Watson transformed into a sultry vamp - all chalk-white face and extreme eye shadow. "You're such a grown-up girl now, darling," said Mario Testino to Watson as he slipped into the front-row seat next to her. And he should know. He shot her for Burberry's latest poster campaign with lashings of kohl and windswept hair.

Earlier this year, Ruth Marshall-Johnson, senior editor of Think Tank, published by future trends analyst WGSN, predicted "the vampire look will be very popular". At Burberry, blonde superstar Aggy Deyn showed off a new raven bob, Alexa Chung accentuated those catlike eyes with deep, dark shadows. Even Posh was channelling Morticia Adams with mysterious metallic eye make-up and onyx lipstick.

In taking a nod at noir, fashion is reclaiming the erotic and the macabre and embracing the trend for vampire chic. Thanks to hit films Twilight and Let The Right One In, and new cult TV show True Blood, gothic make-up looks were all over the runways.

Think sexy neutrals with a monochrome edge. The new Black Eyed Peas make-up look - as it's been dubbed - is part emo, part rock chick. Hair is layered and dark, with sweeping bangs. The eyes take centre stage, framed by heavy, welldefined brows. The face is left matte; lips nude.

But we wouldn't be here without French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld.

In her own words, she has always been a "black eyes girl". She made a rare appearance at the Burberry show, completing the heavylidded line-up. The following day, supermodel Iman was sporting charcoal-black eyeshadow at the "Important Dinner for Women " in New York. …

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