Fashionably Late: The Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

If you’re like us, first thing last Tuesday morning you were minutely examining the pictures of the celebs and models who graced the Red Carpet at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, themed “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which celebrated an imaginary tête-à-tête between the two iconoclastic designers.

Surprisingly, there were very few attendees sporting what we expected to see: Nars “Schiap” lipstick, a semi-matte shocking pink – the closest were models Karlie Kloss and Poppy Delevingne, and actresses Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler (both of “Parks & Recreation”).

Camilla Belle, Getty

Camilla Belle, Getty

Instead, the stand-out trend was a vampy lip, whether a shiny burgundy brown (Camilla Belle, whose makeup was possibly the most subtle and gorgeous of the night) or matte maroon, scarlet, or plum  (Lana Del Ray, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Zoe,  Jessica Chastain, Leighton Meester, Amber Valletta, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, and Brooklyn Decker).

Jessica Alba, Getty

Jessica Alba, Getty

There were other statement lips – orange/coral (January Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Doutzen Kroes, Beyonce, Katharine McPhee), classic red (matte on Amy Adams, Dree Hemingway, Leslie Bibb, Amber Heard, Carolyn Murphy, Janelle Monáe, and Alicia Keys; sheer on Emma Stone and Florence Welch) and sweeter not-quite-Schiap pink on Coco Rocha (to match her pink extensions), Chloe Sevigny (who not only looked pretty but was SMILING), Christina Ricci, Julianne Hough, Hilary Swank, and a too-pale pink on M.I.A. (the Schiap pink would have been so much better).

Amber Heard, Getty

Amber Heard, Getty

The rest? The usual version of the neutral pinkish-brownish nude, whether a gloss, satin, or matte, with shimmer or without, or the just-bitten stain that’s somewhere between rose and brick, depending on the skin tone. They’re all the Red Carpet equivalent of the Louboutin Pigalle Pump – sexy, perfect, utilitarian. And since it goes with everything — heavy metal eyes, smoky eyes, neutral eyes, sparkly eyes, brights or pastels — some version of the neutral lip is always the perfect accompaniment.

Yes, we acknowlege the spring editorial layouts are showing color-blocked makeup (not the runway pictures from Fall 2012, mind you), but do you see anyone actually WEARING it? Nope. We’re reminded of the latest ad for L’Oreal’s Infallible 24-Hour Eye Shadow, featuring Claudia Schiffer.

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Total aside: Does she look totally AMAZING in the new Guess ads? Can you believe this is three babies and over 20 years since that first campaign with her? has the old ads and new side-by-side, and you cannot tell which are from the early Nineties, and which are from 2012. She’s 41, people. Feh.

Moving on.

Claudia is wearing a very shiny purple eyeshadow and bright red lipstick. You can tell us all day long that this is on-trend, but we’re not going to do it. We lived through the Eighties and have the pictures of our hideous makeup to prove it. We will not go there again, no matter how often we’re told it’s back in. Nuh uh, no way.  And after looking at over 200 pictures from the Red Carpet, we don’t see anyone else signing on for it, either. And this is the crowd most likely.

January Jones/Getty Images

January Jones, Getty Images

So without further ado, here are our fav eye looks of the night…

January Jones: Did anyone else think January’s Versace gown reminded them of Uma Thurman’s yellow-and-black motorcycle leathers from “Kill Bill” or do we see way too many Tarantino movies?

To get the same golden metallic eye makeup, start with colorOn’s 14-Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit. Take an eyeliner brush, dip it in the extra mineral cream shadow left on the cover film, line under the lower lash line and dab into the inner corners as well. If you’re comfortable with false eyelashes, use a demi-strip on the outer half of each eye and black mascara. If false lashes give you nightmares (we once had one land in a martini; first and last time we applied them. No lie.), then grab either Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment (we think this dark black/brown and gold shimmer is prettier) or Smooth Black Shimmer (if you’re going to be a total purist about your liner being black), and line your upper lid starting just above the pupil in the classic swooping motion, with a flick up at the tail, and be sure to use an extra coat or two of black mascara on the outer third of the upper lashes, making sure you let the lashes dry between coats. You’ll get the same dense, heavy lidded look.

Amy Poehler/Getty Images

Amy Poehler, Getty Images

January wears a heavy brow for a blonde, but they are nicely groomed (she wore them a bit more groomed and filled at the Oscars; she’d be a BrowPro Full Light). January’s matte orange lippy is Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enjouee, which is not available until September.

Amy Poehler: Aside from having one very hot accessory (i.e. husband Will Arnett) and an even hotter gown (strapless black leather by Fotini), Amy had on some of the night’s coolest makeup. First, we love that she’s so funny. She photobombed this event so brilliantly we’re still laughing. Second, she has the face and body of a real person (who just had a baby not that long ago, BTW), so she isn’t six feet tall with cut-glass cheekbones and puffed-up lips (yes, we’re looking at you, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley).

Yet she looked smoldering with her shimmery russet shadow and heavy rimmed-in-black eyeliner, sexy bedhead bob, and hot pink lipstick. You can get the same look using colorOn’s Sunset Beach, a wash of gradient beige and coral from the Bestsellers Variety Kit,  as your base, then topping it with Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a dark golden lilac/burgundy depending on what colorOn look you pair it with. Bring the Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer below the lower lashes as well at the outer corners, then get working with the black kohl and blackest mascara. If you’re as fair as Amy, be sure to groom and fill your brows – Amy would be a BrowPro Medium Light.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

With a lip color this bright and intense, line the lips with a pencil in the same color, apply your lipstick, blot it, then reapply it. Be prepared to slip off periodically to touch it up, and definitely consider Nars Schiap – the semi-matte finish leaves a great stain and doesn’t require frequent reapplication or leave big pink smears on your champagne flute.

Ginnifer Goodwin: Once again, Ginnifer’s makeup is just fantastic – remember her ethereal, mermaid/seafoam Oscar makeup? This time, to complement her tangerine Monique Lhuilllier gown, her makeup artist chose mixed metals of gold and bronze. To recreate her look, start with colorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Kit. Using a couple of eyeliner brushes, take the first and use the extra gold creamy shadow from the cover film to add a wash at the inner corners and a bit of the inner upper lid of the eyes. Take your second eyeliner brush and use the extra bronze cream to line under the lower lashes. Then, depending on your preference, you can add thin line of black liquid liner along upper lash line, or use Smooth Black Shimmer for a liner with more depth. As always, Ginnifer’s full, arched dark brows are perfectly groomed. Apply multiple coats of black mascara to the upper lashes only. The rest of Ginnfier’s porcelain face seems almost bare – just a swirl of a very pale nude matte bronzer, and a clear nude gloss.

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt: Her Calvin Klein gown was a masterpiece of understatement in the front, showing all of her assets from behind, and the peony color was absolutely gorgeous on her. With her warm chestnut brown lob and metallic makeup, Emily’s blue eye just popped. To get the same look, start with colorOn’s  Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Kit. On top of that, apply Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment as a liner to the upper and lower lids along the lash line, and then add black kohl on the inner rims.

Emily’s dark winged brows are perfectly groomed and lightly filled (she’s a BrowPro Medium Dark). Her blush is a subtle match to her gown, as is her pink/nude lipstick, which is Chanel in Peregrina.

Most Improved: Cameron Diaz. Wow. Compared to how she looked at the Oscars (which we just showed you in Celebrity Brows Part 1: Thin Is In), this is quite the transformation. And the Stella McCartney gown is divine; short the wife-beater and Underoos she wore in her booty dance in the first “Charlie’s Angels” movie, nothing has ever flattered Cameron’s shape so well.

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

No more fried looking platinum hair. No more unflattering pastel makeup and harsh black eyeliner. Whatever everyone was speculating she’d had done to her face back in February, it seems to have settled in, and she looks fantastic. Her makeup is perfect, understated, the colors soft, and she just glows. Even her eyebrows are improved!

And we’re admitting this sooo grudgingly after she went on television whinging about how she just cried and cried about her haircut, and yelled and screamed at the stylist and made HER cry, and then other people in the room started to cry. Actress Sara Gilbert put it rather succinctly on CBS’ “The Talk”: “…I’M crying because I’m not Cameron Diaz. It’s just funny to me that all these people are crying, like they’re having a wake over three inches of Cameron Diaz’s hair. Really?

We’ve all cried over a bad haircut, but would you admit this to anyone but your besties during a major bonding session involving multiple cocktails/bottles of wine, or at least prior confessions of an equally embarrassing and shallow nature from a minimum of two others before spilling your guts? Let alone that you reduced the person who made the mistake to tears by yelling and screaming at her? Now, imagine telling this highly unflattering story about yourself on national television, and not in a self-deprecating, “Can you believe what a Hollywood cliché I am?” way. When you already have a reputation for being kind of…high-maintenance (we are trying very hard to keep this thing PG-13, and it’s HARD, people. We have first-hand, in-person knowledge of exactly how difficult Ms. Diaz can be and how she treats “the little people.”) So. She really looks better. And she’s been bragging about it. Almost makes us want to take the compliment back.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

The WTF? Award goes to Sarah Jessica Parker. She looked…hideous. You are welcome to disagree, but it starts at the top and just rolls downward (unless she had fabulous shoes hiding under that monstrosity of a dress). Her hair looks flat and greasy at the crown and dry at the bottom; this woman with fabulously and famously naturally curly hair that looks like, well, crap.

Her makeup? High Granny – mint green and ice blue metallic eye shadows, clumpy spider lashes, too-pale shiny pink lipstick. So it’s all Chanel; like that makes it less unattractive?? The colors may be fine on someone else; they’re just very NOT FINE on her.

The Valentino dress looked like the faded cabbage rose chintz from our Nana’s parlor drapes, and the high neck, long sleeves, and bow at the waist would have looked better on the Queen Mother than the former Carrie Bradshaw.

The outfit’s high point? Cool bracelets.

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

SJP looked older than Anna Wintour, who rocked a Prada dress with a big gold lobster on it. And a fur caplet. Now, THAT’S what SJP should have worn.

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined – along with BrowPro — into a Custom Kit, or you can buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Danielle Kawatski of West Allis, Wisconsin. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

We’ll be back with more makeup and snark soon! As always, heavier on the makeup…

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