What beautiful lips! She reminds me of a French actress whose name escapes me right now. I think she was in a Bond movie…..or was it one of Mr Cruise’s Mission Impossibles? Grrrr….I’m going to be thinking of this all day now!
Actually, a more sophisticated google search (i.e., with a dash in between ‘haunting’ and ‘beauty, and likewise in between ‘haunted’ and ‘beauty’) will show you that ‘haunting beauty’ is the correct phrase (over 100 000 hits). ‘Haunted beauty’ came in a distant second with 1400. Nevertheless, mistakes do proliferate on the internet and one should be careful when using it as a guide for writing!
for last anonymous: when two words are frequently used together, i.e. “haunting beauty”, this does not make a grammatical rule, it makes a cliche. saying “haunted beauty” is every bit as valid, and has an additional defamiliarizing effect, which is what this very interesting girl has on the viewer.
On ‘haunted’ vs ‘haunting’: I think these mean different things. Something with ‘haunting beauty’ haunts you; something with ‘haunted beauty’ is haunted by something else, and this haunted quality is intertwined with its beauty.
So I’d agree with Sart’s choice here. I don’t feel haunted by her, but she does look haunted!
You really nailed this portrait–it’s a photo to be proud of! I keep coming back to look at it. I love how it’s just this side of “not light enough”, as if it’s in an alleyway rather than in mere shade.