Star gazes are lightening up with spring colors fit for an ingenue. Whispery pastels like lilac and aqua are cropping up as subtle washes (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) or as a retro-inspired, overall shimmer (J.Lo). "For a modern take," suggests makeup artist Charlie Green, who did Heidi Klum's violet look, "sweep it under the eye or into the outer corner." Unlike goof-proof neutrals the new hues require restraint, says Beauvais-Nilon's makeup artist Marie-Flore Beaubien. "Don't be heavy-handed—stroke just a little onto the lid." To keep peepers from disappearing into the pastels, "use liner and mascara to define the shape," adds Green. Voilà: springy hues that make a statement. Nothing neutral about that.
Get the Look
Best buy: Maybelline
Playing the field—a range of sheer pastel shadows for any eye color or outfit.
Expert Eyes 8-Pan in Garden Variety, $8.
High end: Christian Dior
Diva's choice—J.Lo's frosty Oscar look came from Dior (ice not included).
Duo Couture in Diormania, $25.
Solo Eye Shadow in Fresh Lavender, $22.
behind the seams
what was she thinking?
Sheryl Crow has had some odd team-ups (Kid Rock duet, anyone?), but at a Frederick's of Hollywood party in L.A., she fell completely flat by pairing Avril Lavigne's teenage tie style with an otherwise grown-up ensemble. Better match next time?
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have a new joint project: designing bijous. Starring on Broadway in Nine, Banderas worked with Griffith and Spain's House of Carrera y Carrera jewelers to create the necklaces as a gift for castmates. The result? An 18-karat-gold pendant of a woman whose curves and flowing hair form the number 9. Is the precious bod-for-sin modeled on Griffith's? Her gallant hubby isn't saying....
AUDREY ON THE BLOCK: Fashionistas are abuzz over Audrey Hepburn: the Beauty of Compassion Benefit Auction, to be held at Sotheby's New York on April 21. Items to be offered at the first-ever auction of her personal belongings will include her beauty case, a portrait by Cecil Beaton and a hand-embroidered organza ball I gown that Givenchy designed for Funny Face. Proceeds will benefit educational programs for Hepburn's beloved UNICEF. No tiaras on offer, but maybe next time....
EYE SPY: Believe it or not, fresh-faced Christina Applegate is plagued by (shhh!) under-eye bags. That's why she armed herself with the puffy-eye cure du jour, Liposome by Wilma Schumann, while working on her film Surviving Christmas. Seems makeup artist Kimberly Greene introduced her to the quick-fix gel (ingredients include horse chestnut and ivy extract). Impressed, Applegate asked for her own supply. Now the de-puff stuff—$46 for 1 oz.—is her little secret (and ours).
Why are Lisa Parodi's diamond necklaces a new gotta-have-it in Hollywood? They're perfect for stars who like to shake things up: Each of Parodi's 10 designs can be reconfigured with the help of cleverly placed magnets. Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore felt such a strong attraction that each bought two designs (their picks are pictured above). Lisa Parodi Designs, $600-$2,500, available exclusively at Intuition (877-310-8442).
Sapphire and diamond flower, $1,200.
Diamond clover and hearts, $1,100.
Hollywood is seeing double when it comes to Hogan's Bisaccia bag. The carryall comes in two sizes and a range of cheery colors, with a strap that can be worn two ways: hand-held or over the shoulder. "I love it—I've got two," raves Mena Suvari. "It fits everything and looks fabulous." Katie Holmes is also hooked. "I've got about four," she says. Fair warning: This import may be addictive.
The large Bisaccia bag, $1,100; mini, $620. 888-60-HOGAN.