Under-Eye Circles: Spring’s Strangely Beautiful Trend

Remember that part in Pulp Fiction where Butch’s girlfriend talks about wanting a pot belly like Madonna’s in ‘Lucky Star’? That’s how I feel about undereye circles. Except while Fabienne’s love for a stigmatized physical attribute probably means she wants to be pregnant, mine just means I want to look more like a nonchalantly sexy French person who has better things to do than worry about makeup.

Some people are lucky enough to be born with beautiful, shadowy circles. But, like curly hair or freckles, it’s probably a matter of wanting what you don’t have and hating what you do. My roommate hates her undereye circles; I paint them on like I do my eyebrows and lipstick.

Take, as a possible muse, Carine Roitfeld, who is as lionized for her slept-in makeup look as she is her irreverence or pencil skirts. She did an entire MAC collaboration dedicated to the DGAF look. She owns them like the vital ingredient of her dark, sexy persona that they are, a more natural and more French version of the enigmatic Marchesa Luisa Casati.

And now there’s Lea Seydoux. We fawned over the makeup-free look she sported recently for Jalouse‘s September issue, and especially the purple-tinged skin underneath her eyes. Best worn with greasy hair and a man’s satin robe — armpit licking optional.

The New York Fashion Week runways saw a more toned-down version of the look that’s perfect for Francophiles and lazy girls alike. At Fallon the models’ eyes were given depth and dimension with dark rust-colored eyeshadow applied underneath and flicked out to the sides. At Burberry, Cara Delevingne’s naturally protuberant eyes were exaggerated with a pink that gave the impression Christopher Bailey’s English rose had been up a little after her bedtime — which probably wasn’t too far off the mark.

If you have dark circles, do you wish you didn’t? Take a look through the gallery below and see if we have you swayed. If you’re not convinced, there’s always the Man Repeller.

Related links:
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