If you don’t know, Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi, is the crafty, mysterious investigator on The Good Wife. I’ve been addicted to the show since season one and I’ve watched Kalinda get away with all kinds of lying and trickery for three years now. It’s obvious why she’s so good at pumping people for the information she wants. Kalinda is very smart and very persuasive, especially when she uses her feminine wiles. Which is pretty darn often. But what I want to know is: How the heck does she get away with wearing smoky eyes to a conservative Chicago law firm?
I know she’s not an attorney, but still. She does go to important client meetings and to court regularly. I would think she would want to tone down her lids a bit for work, no? Or maybe those dramatic eyes come in handy. Like when she’s sidling up to someone all seductively to get key details that will help the firm. Like I said, the woman is not afraid to work it. That could be why nobody has given her a talking to about office appropriate makeup–they know her sexiness is an asset.
At least her eye makeup looks good. She’s always wearing black liner on her top and bottom lash lines with a charcoal, gray or dark taupe shadow smudged all over her lids. And black mascara. Nothing about dark, smudgy eyes screams nine-to-five to me, but I realize we’re talking about television and TV land is a magical place. In the real world, Kalinda’s look would be great for a night out when you’re getting all dolled up. Here’s what you could use to recreate it:
(1) Gray eye shadow. Smudge it from your lash lines up to the creases of your eyes.
(2) Jet black eye liner. If your eyes are big like Kalinda’s, apply the pencil onto the insides of your lash lines as well for more definition. If not, just line the outsides to avoid making your eyes look smaller.
(3) Tons of black mascara. De-clump in between coats with a lash comb. And that should do it. Date night, here you come!
How do you feel about Kalinda’s daytime smoky eyes? Do you think a real life law firm employee could pull off the look at work?