Somehow I managed to enter my third decade on Earth without ever having tried a cat’s eye with gel eyeliner before. Of course I’d worn eyeliners — browns, golds, even blues — but something about that thick, black cat’s eye intimidated me. I thought you needed to have that “cool girl” look, like the author Caitlin Moran or Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black.” But a quick Google Image shows a wide variety of celebs in winged eyeliner, from Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to Dita Von Teese and Rihanna. Cat’s eyes, it turns out, are surprisingly versatile.
So I bucked up and tried black gel eyeliner for the first time, coached by my coworkers Sophie and Katie (who couldn’t believe I was a black eyeliner virgin). The product was a sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which turned out to be perfectly easy for a newbie like me. Keep reading »
Sometimes we receive beauty products that make me feel like a kid again. A metallic eye pencil, for example, reminds me of raiding my older sister’s makeup bag and creating Cyndi Lauper-inspired eyes. When Topshop’s Molten Eyes arrived at my desk, I jumped at the chance to experiment with a wearable version of Cyndi Lauper’s look. Keep reading »
One of the most ridiculous things about both the beauty and fashion industries is their mutual insistence upon pitching literally everything at one point or another as a “hot new trend.” The New York Times Style section is particularly notorious for doing so: over the summer, they somehow mistook women having bangs for actual news. (They once did the same for dresses, but we don’t talk about that. Too painful.)
Now People StyleWatch has declared that there are two looks that are particularly popular on the red carpet right now, and you wouldn’t believe what they are. Sparkly gowns? Red lipstick? … Hair? Close! It’s smoky eyes and winged liner. Which, you know, people are never not wearing. But listen, the ladies over at People say that while these are both hot beauty trends, only the smoky eye is “guy-hot.” I have a few bones to pick with this statement. Firstly, I do so beg to differ — Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren are two of the sexiest sexbombs to ever sex, and they were both famous for their winged liner. Secondly, and most importantly, who the fuck cares? Isn’t it kind of a general consensus among women that we don’t wear makeup to appeal to men? And anyway, what is this universal “guy-hot” they speak of? Can someone enlighten me? (Maybe I’m just feeling vulnerable because winged liner is my go-to makeup look and I can’t master a smoky eye to save my life.) [People StyleWatch]
We’ve been feeling an unexpected dash of color on the eyes as of late, probably in an effort to counteract the SAD effects of gloomy winter weather. Elle Fanning is definitely a pioneer of adventurous, avant-garde fashion and makeup, but I happen to think this is one quirky liner look that anyone could pull off. It’s almost like a paler, softer, more washed-out take on the shot of electric green shadow in the smoky eye at the Atelier Versace show (at right), which I also loved, but there’s something that’s just so pretty about this pastel seafoam shade in particular. It looks sort of ethereal and fairy princess-y on Elle’s fair, rosy complexion, and it would also look absolutely killer on someone with darker skin.
I’m a total wimp when it comes to bright makeup on myself, but this is one way to do it without looking bonkers, so long as there’s minimal color on the rest of the face. I would recreate this look one of two ways: with a liner applied close to the lashline, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric, a bright iridescent teal, or with a shadow, like Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Light Blue 118, swept across the entire lid. Would you try it, or do you think this is a look best left to the pros and/or baby fashion muses?
I feel pretty lucky that the most annoying beauty problem that I face on a regular basis is dark undereye circles and redness around my nose and chin. Those are easily fixable, if not particularly “sexy.” I mean, no one gets excited about going to shop for concealer! But with the Perk Up Artist set, a compact containing three complexion corrections, Benefit admirably tries. Keep reading »
I will never, never stop loving glittery eyeliner, no matter how old I am! Lucky for me, these glitter eyeliner pencils from Femme Couture are easy on my wallet and can be found at Sally Beauty. Applying is a total snap! With all the fun pops of color to try, I wish I had another pair of peepers. [$3.99, Sally Beauty]