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Extremes – yin and yang, two fish swimming in opposite directions, you get the idea – is one of the best ways to describe Lady Gaga’s style. This woman will wear anything a designer puts in front of her and own it. So, we can only begin to describe what a let down her upcoming January cover of Elle is looking like a typical pop tart gracing the cover of a magazine. Yawn. (Include image of Elle cover)

It must be said that she still looks fierce – consider your subject. But it’s way more fun to think of Gaga in full frontal smooch red lips, thick black liner and outrageously delicious bubble dress and/or hair bow (verdict is still out on the latter). However, it is nice to see Gaga play nice once in a while. She’s in tune with the extremes displayed on the catwalk forecasting Winter 2009/Spring 2010 beauty that is literally black and white: smoldering smoky eye and almost naked no-mascara lids.

I personally can’t leave the house without mascara on since my long lashes are hidden by blonde color that leaves me looking lash-less. A personal hang up? You betcha. So I’ll start with the smoky eyes first. If you’re a newbie who fears the raccoon, Benefit’s Smokin’ Eyes Sexy Eye & Brow Makeover Kit will guide you to your best look-at-me lids.

Badgley-Mischka Spring 2010 collection boasted a natural palette of barely rosy cheeks, pearly eye shadow and skin-toned lips. This look is absolutely refreshing, especially after a long recession-filled winter, so long as you exfoliate and conceal like a blending queen. For already naturally pale skin add a pop of color to your lids. Our personal favorite is Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Klondike for a subtle mint pearl color.

If you feel armored behind fluttery mascara lashes like yours truly then go for brown instead of very black to stay au naturale. Try cult fave DiorShow Mascara in Chestnut.

Images thanks to Dior, Nars, Benefit, Amazon.com, and People.com

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in the words of Rachel Zoe, I diiiiie for Zac Posen’s spring 2010 collection. granted, I’m all hung up on fall’s smoky navy smudged eyes, thigh high boots, au natural nails, and plushy mauve lips, but I cannot help but squee over Posen’s eye popping collection full of brilliant hues and a sea of rainbow chignons.

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Thanks to WWD.com for gorgeous backstage images

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