Be it classic or contemporary, graphic black eyeliner takes centre stage this winter. The trend highlights your eyes and the versatility of the product. Whether you choose to channel starkly modern, or old-world glamour, be bold. All-out eyes demand that the rest be kept simple.
Pat McGrath at Lanvin created wide-eyed drama with wing-tips. The evenly heavy top stroke was set of by a smidgen of black on the middle of the lower lash line.
The girls at Moschino wore the feline flick, soaring upwards past the lash line. Aquascutum showed an ombre, squared-off eye, with lashings of mascara- a modern twist on the classic cat-eye.
The geometric gaze: Geometrical shapes and lines make a striking statement. The lines at Mary Katrantzou played with the space between the inner corner of the eye and the outer tip of the eyebrow, accentuating the upper lid. Erdem displayed tiny triangles at the outer corner. Tom Pecheux painted parallel lines, elegant and elongated, complete with glimmering inner corners at Altuzarra. Black against bare faces effect fiercely modern looks, apt for all hours.
1. The eyelids tend to get greasy, so start off by reducing the oily residue with an alcohol-free makeup remover. Apply a light layer of foundation to even the base and finish off with a dusting of translucent powder.
2. Remember, strong lines must be penned perfectly, or not at all! Gel liners smudge (deliberately) more easily and can create contours for rounder eyes, while fine pens work well for elongated and oval shapes. Always glide across the lash line from the inner to outer corner.
3. Top tips: 30 seconds in the freezer pre-sharpening avoid waxy pencil points.
4. Battle the urge to pull your lid taut to avoid a distorted line when you let go.
MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline liquid liner appears to be the product of the season, resulting in clean- cut lines and strong sweeps. So without further ado, pick, and get painting those peepers!