Remember that Kim Carnes song, 'Bette Davis Eyes'? Well, this is kind of like that, except it's about Madonna and it more appropriately would be called 'Rose-Cut Diamond Eyes'.
For her 2009 Sticky & Sweet tour, the Material Girl's makeup artist, Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brooke, has created an extra sparkly look by dusting the singer's eyes with white shadow and crushed diamonds. As if that wasn't enough, Brooke adds to her work with an additional two carats of diamond pieces on the brow bone. The total look was inspired by Madonna's hit 'Ray of Light', according to People.
"The resulting brightness and glow from Madonna's eyes captivate the audience and reinforces the fact that there are always new possibilities with makeup — and no rules," Brooke explains. We say: After watching 'Blood Diamond', we hope that diamond dust is cruelty-free!
"Then it's good enough for you," says Style.com, which has compiled a crash course in high-def makeup. Want to know how Betty Draper gets her flawless finish, or how models wear layers of makeup for the runway and still look dewy? Check here.
It's interesting to see how products have had to change with technology (hello, Max Factor pancake makeup!), so Style.com also runs through a brief beauty history. For those of you who might find this silly, we'd ask you to write a five-page report on the photochromatic pigments mentioned for the cast of 'Lost'.
We always like to see footage from shoots because when you usually only see people still in two dimensions, it's nice to remember that they're actually people who walk and laugh and move. Novel concept, right?
For your Friday entertainment, we bring you Valentino's 'Rock 'n Dreams' TV advert. In it, models Siri Tollerod, Erin Heatherton and Marloes Horst seem to be having a pretty good time, so we hope you do too.
Oh, and for music fanatics, the song is 'Valentino Loves You' by Sophie Carpentier.
This really would be one for the books. If you believe the Daily Star, Amy Winehouse - or her dad, Mitch - is itching for a perfume deal a la Britney Spears and Kylie. Now I'll listen to 'Back to Black' on repeat for hours and not get tired of it, but I think I'll keep the Givenchy around for aroma purposes.
But anyway, an "insider" says: "Mitch is keen to licence Amy's name to a perfume house. He has been in talks with manufacturers and contacted PR firms for advice. They want it to reflect her style with a classic smoky 1950s look and smell."
Hmm. Another insider (ever notice how many of those gossip stories drag up?) from the perfume industry says heck no to all that. "Frankly," says the source, "she doesn't look like she smells all that nice, so doing some positive publicity to prove it doesn't just smell of stale booze and fags would be vital."
What's the best way to keep a summer glow all year long? If you're Victoria Beckham, then it's hiring your own personal spray-tan expert, of course.
The former Spice Girl pays Mr Spray Tan, aka Jimmy Coco, to tan her with a spray gun twice monthly while she wears a white paper thong. According to Coco: "When we met, she had the worst fake tan ever."
After seven years as the hair expert on TLC's 'What Not to Wear', hairstylist Nick Arrojo will be replaced by Ted Gibson in an effort to freshen up the makeover reality show. Gibson has already taped five shows, which will begin airing July 24.
Gibson - who has worked with Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, Chanel and Prada - explained he had been looking forward to playing hair saviour for the fashion-challenged. "My role is to make the girls feel pretty, to change their hair from being drab to being beautiful and sexy," he said.
However, Gibson didn't expect his first makeover subject to have such a strong reaction. Stacy London, who serves on the show as a style expert with Clinton Kelly, had to cheer him up. According to London: "I don't think he was expecting the reaction he got at the first makeover. I sent him an email explaining the psychology of it all, that people become attached to their identity and you're not criticizing them but the image they are projecting."
Resident makeup artist Carmindy will remain on the show, along with London and Kelly.
Now that it's summer, the last thing you'll want to do is put on a full face of makeup. But if you don't feel like going barefaced, then you can follow the lead of these ladies, who have a pretty good idea of how to keep things fresh in the warmer months.
Kim Kardashian, recognising that vampires are "all the rage right now", has opted for a mini makeover inspired by 'Twilight' and the Fall '09 Prada runway show. The socialite and makeup artist Troy Jensen experimented with a gothic look and posted the results on her website.
Those of you worried that she picked up on the NY Times' star trend, going eyebrowless, fear not. Says Kim: "I didn't actually get rid of my eyebrows, haha. Troy used an eyebrow concealing wax to hide them! Pretty creepy, right?"
"I was secretly hoping to be the face of Nicolas' first perfume," Charlotte Gainsbourg admitted about Balenciaga's Mr Ghesquiere. Well, she's in luck. The French actress will feature in ads for the new Balenciaga fragrance - maybe because Ghesquiere calls her "one of the most inspiring girls in the world".
Do you think this is a good match between a style icon and a brand?
Identical twins Jo and Kerry Burton have always done a lot together. They did the same activities as children, then later worked on modelling jobs together, and now they own a beauty salon in Hertfordshire.
Oh, and they spent a collective £60,000 on cosmetic surgery to ensure that they always look the same. It started with nose jobs, then proceeded to breast enhancement, eye lifts, Botox and permanent-makeup tattoos.
"It might sound barmy to some to have cosmetic surgery just because your twin is having it," Kerry told the Daily Mail. "But we would hate to look different, so we had to have the cosmetic surgery together. We both had chickenpox together as children and we had the same hobbies, such as Brownies and dancing - and so our identical cosmetic surgery has followed on from that."
Well, if they had chickenpox together! Doctors have even had to write initlals on the twins' stomachs before surgery, which they schedule for the same day, to tell them apart. We say: It's cheaper just to dress alike.