Taking inspiration from the 1960’s trend, let’s focus on the eyes ladies — heavy on the liner, flicked out at the corners and finished with lashings of black mascara. Using liners with a gel consistency creates a bold, intense, almost “glossy” look to the eyes which to me is a dressier version of the more popularly used liquid and kohl liners. Thanks Beyoncé … Amy Winehouse and The Ronnettes!
Applying eyeliners can be tricky, however. Believe, it took two years for me to actually use my first Benefit Bad Gal liquid liner. That poor box must’ve collected dust…
So here’s a great tip, especially when working winged liner with its flicked and often upward edge, is instead of drawing your line from the upper lash and flicking, follow the natural shape of your lower lash line and continue upwards with your liner as you reach past the corner of the eye. Holding the skin of the lower eye area gently, start your line about a quarter in from the corner and draw up. Once you achieve the length and height you want, work your liner back inwards towards your upper lash line and follow along the line until you reach the tear duct.
Applying a winged eye this way creates a much more precise and sharper flick than attempting the usual upper lash line method, and um possibly getting it terribly wrong. There were times when my “flicks” looked they had two personalities. Serious!
Eyeliner recommendations for this look, each graded by levels of liner-applying skill:
Easy: Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil in Jet or Hematite £27.00/$42.31, literally a “gel in a pencil” with a dual brush application- one side for applying colour and the other for flicking and smudging.
Intermediate: By Terry Ligne Blackstar in No.1 £26.11/$40.90, is a felt tip, intense liquid liner.
Experienced: Shu Uemura Pai
Complete the look by keeping the rest of the face natural. Wear a nude colour on the eyelids, such as Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics in Buff £20.50/$32.11, which is a one-tone, foundation-like eyeshadow for eyes.
Keep lashes big and load on the mascara to create an almost spidery effect with L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black £11.29/$17.68.
Give cheeks the slightest flush of colour in sheer, nude pink/peach shades with one of NARS blushers such as Oasis, Dolce Vita or Penny Lane, £20.50/$32.11 each.
Lips stay nude with MAC’s Creamsheen Lipstick in Modesty £13.50/$21.14.
Shout out to the Space NK girls on Clapham’s Northcote Road for the makeup inspiration and allowing me to take thirty minutes of their life they won’t get back.
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