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We rubbed our eyes a few times when we saw this photo. Could it be? Could Victoria Beckham be smiling? We showed the photo to our panel of experts (our wine-slugging tabloid-loving friends) and they all agreed that she is in fact kind of smiling a la Mona Lisa.
Once we got over our "Posh is actually smiling" shock we obsessed over the Spice Girl's metallic gunmetal smoky eye. It's the perfect way to add a little dimension to an all black look without actually adding color.
We felt the matte nude lip fell a bit flat. It matches her skin tone in a way that makes her lips disappear and appear thinner than usual. We would have put her in more of a muted peach lipstick, which would have been neutral enough for the bold smoky eye but would have still added some much-needed color to her pucker.
Get the Look: To copy Victoria's sultry smoky eye, start by prepping the entire upper eye area with eye primer or concealer. Then, cover the upper eye area with a cream or nude colored eye shadow.
Apply a thick line of black matte eye shadow like NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Stripped at the lash line and blend upwards towards the crease. Next, apply a metallic gunmetal eye shadow like MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow in Iridescent Anthracite 169 to the creases in a back and forth motion. Extend the shadow in a V-shape from the outer edge of the creases to the outer corners of the eyes. Blend.
Next, with an eyeliner brush, apply the gunmetal eye shadow to the lower lash line and blend. Using a black gel eyeliner or eyeliner pencil, line the upper lash line and the lower waterline. Finish by applying 2-3 coats of a defining and volume-building black mascara like Avon Mega Effects Mascara.
Forget Victoria's boring nude lip, that does her slightly smiling pucker a disservice. Instead, apply a hydrating creamy peach lipstick like Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.
Perhaps Mrs. Beckham wore the nude lipstick because she didn't want anyone to actually notice that she was debuting her smile. It was more of a soft launch. We're hoping that she will get more comfortable smiling and be breaking out a bold siren red lip by Christmas. Baby steps…
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