ELLE Magazine: The White Stripes


Tracing white eyeliner along the waterline to brighten the face is one of the oldest tricks in a makeup artist’s handbook. But on fashion run- ways this spring, bright white color expanded its reach, migrating to eyelashes, brows, and nails—even the undereyes.

At Dior’s haute couture show, models wore a graphic slash of white liner on the lower lashes—a style reportedly inspired by Willow Smith’s makeup when she attended the brand’s 2018 couture show. “The look is very fresh and conceptual, without being too intimidating,” says Peter Philips, Dior Makeup’s creative and image director. To do it yourself, he suggests using a liner like Diorshow On Stage Liner in Matte White ($32; dior.com) to create three dots beneath each eye: one slightly outside the inner corner, one directly beneath the pupil, and one where you want the liner to end. Then play connect the dots.

On the fall 2022 runways, model Lila Moss closed the Richard Quinn show in a platinum bridal ensemble paired with bleached brows (something her model mother, Kate, also rocked during her catwalk heyday). Models at Conner Ives wore bright white powder under their eyes. And in Marc Jacobs’s spring lookbook, Gigi Hadid’s lashes were coated in layers of white-cream color. To create the icy look, Dick Page used a fan brush to paint on the white shade in Make Up For Ever Flash Color Case Multi-Use Palette ($115; makeupforever.com).

Classic French manicures turned up at Michael Kors’s 40th anniversary show this past year, revitalizing a former mainstay of suburban nail salons. To make it modern, nail artist Betina Goldstein recommends making the tip “more oval than square” and using a softer, creamier shade (rather than stark white), such as Chanel Le Vernis Blanc Écume ($30; chanel.com), which has subtle shimmer. The result is “still clean and beautiful without being so in-your-face.”—MARGAUX ANBOUBA