We’ve never been much into veils—despite how easy-to-pull-off fashion iconoclasts like Daphne Guinness make them look. But that all changed last summer when Chanel creative director of makeup Peter Philips pinned different pieces of black lace over dark navy smoky eyes at Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall couture show. There’s something about the way the latticework blurs the stark effect of dark eye makeup while simultaneously showcasing it as an artistic element that is unequivocally appealing. It should come as no surprise, then, that full pieces of lace—draped over the entire head—only enhance the effect. In the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar China, makeup artist Aya Fujita intermingles bold strokes of lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish with multi-colored panels of sheer woven netting to create a cool contrast of mediums. Turns out, cobalt blue lids and a copper mouth look that much better when seen through ornamental mesh. Don’t try this at home—or, rather, do.
Photos: Clockwise from left, Michelle Du Xuan for Harper’s Bazaar China, February 2012; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com; Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, February 2010