Friday, 8 August 2014
my perfect cat eye // how to do winged eyeliner
black eyeliner is like my THING. i'm not saying i'm unique in this: in my friendship group alone, there's at least five of us who would rather do a couple of flicks with liquid liner than brush our hair in the morning, and whenever i do a look without it, it feels like something's missing. i can't tell you how many times i've had my makeup done beautifully, like a lovely, pared-back, grecian look, only to find myself itching for just a liiiiiiitle neat black line by my lashes. so i don't fight it anymore. if i want to wear black eyeliner every single day, and not consider anything else, then so be it. that's my prerogative, right? i've tried various incarnations; kohl as a teenager, wobbly liquid as i progressed, then those pen-style ones...finally, i've settled on gel. well, that's kind of true, but we'll get to that in a minute. my current favourite is BECCA's ultimate crème eyeliner, the really black one, applied with my kevyn aucoin the eyeliner/smudger brush. i take a little, close my eye, and with the other open, start a line about three quarters of the way along my eye. there's no right or wrong way to apply liner, but never try and do the whole line in one go. it doesn't work. i do mine before mascara, too. so i do that one mark to start, then just softly glide it out, adding more product as i go, until i reach the end of my lashline, then do the other eye. then, mascara. THEN the flick. the reason i do mascara first is because it helps me see what's going to look like when it's done, and adds to the intensity. i also like to do black liner in my upper waterline to really amp it up. for the flick, i pull my eye ever so slightly then do a little upward stroke, same for the other eye. gel liner is great; so easy to control and gives great pigment. that being said, i do sometimes go over the liner with my urban decay perversion liquid eyeliner to make it really, REALLY black. learning to do this is trial and error: everyone does it differently, plus different things suit different eyes. i like my liner to accentuate my lashes, and i do this by making the flick finish near the end of my lashes, for killer peepers. for a neat, precise liner, i'd recommend gel. sounds like a faff, but totally worth it. also, i included the bottom photo, cause ay caramba, can we talk about those lashes? that's the urban decay perversion mascara in action.