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 »
Guys! I feel like a real grown up of the lady persuasion. I finally, with the help of Maybelline’s idiot-proof Line Stiletto eyeliner, have mastered the cat eye. It wasn’t easy, but after months of practice, I can now line my eyes in the morning in one, well, two swoops, and it’s been eons since I stabbed myself in the eye or ended up with black lines inches from their intended destination. I am a goddamn cat eye pro and I’m ready to advance. Here are 15 ways to take your eyeliner game to the next level!
Every time someone takes a photo of me, I hear my mother’s voice saying, “Open your eyes!” You see, in my family, I have the smallest eyes. My mother and sisters all have round faces and Bambi like brown eyes. Over the years I have learned to fake the wide eye look with dramatic eyeliner and thus am almost as obsessed with eyeliner as I am with eyebrow kits. I have tried everything from mechanical pencils to liquid formulas to and pot liners. I love the look of liquid eyeliner but hate the mess it makes. The stuff is runny and takes way too long to dry. When we received this Magic Liner, I jumped at the chance to Beauty Test Drive it. Keep reading »
Colored eyeliner is one of those beauty products I flirt with but rarely actually attempt. In fact, I usually wimp out even when it comes to colored shadow. That said, it seems like such an easy way to mix up your makeup routine without too much effort, so I was willing to give it a try. Hard Candy’s Take Me Out Eyeliner in Vice seemed like a good gateway into the world of colorful eyes, and if I’m being totally honest, the pretty glitter on the outside of the pencil was probably a bigger factor in wanting to try it than I should admit. Keep reading »
My love of black eyeliner and eyeshadow is well-documented, and for good reason: it’s the most versatile of makeup, and can be used to create a limitless variety of looks. Why stop at a smoky or cat eye when there are vast possibilities to be experimented with? If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out these 10 totally different black shadow and liner looks on celebs…
My beauty mantra is pretty much “all eyeliner, all the time.” I live and die by my black Maybelline Line Stiletto (at present time, I own four) and a flicked cat eye, but I also dabble in creams, gels, pencils, and powders in any and every shade of the rainbow. But one thing I have never endeavored to do is extend my liner past the inner corner.
The subject first arose after Julie and I both saw the glorious “Moonrise Kingdom” last year and got all obsessed with Suzy Bishop’s eye makeup (center). Yes, it was technically part of a bird costume, but it looked so cool, and weirdly kind of … wearable? A similar, but slightly more severe, look popped up on January Jones at the Met Ball a few weeks ago, and then again on Fergie over this past weekend. It is now effectively impossible to ignore — this might be a thing. The application varies in these three looks, but they all have in common that they swoop past the inner corner and down towards the nose, where eyeliner does not typically dare to venture. Put me down as being into it (and mmmmmaybe going to give it a subtle try tomorrow, depending on how I feel in the morning) — but what do you think? Also … what do we call this? [Fergie photo via Fame/Flynet]
Winged eyeliner is one of the most versatile, and most flattering, makeup looks around. It gets a bad rap for being difficult to achieve, but once you’ve got your technique down, you’ll be able to nail it every time. Not only is there something that’s just cool and insouciant about it, but a thick black wing has been the calling card for some of the sexiest stars of all time, from Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton to Jane Birkin and Sophia Loren. Whether they’re in classic black or an unexpected pop of color, these 10 winged liner looks are not to be missed …
I’ve suffered from depression for much of my life. It’s generally well-controlled, thanks to a carefully calibrated hybrid of therapy (which I’ve admittedly been slacking on) and psychiatric drugs, but when I’m feeling down about something or other, I find that my usually-rational brain takes it upon itself to think terrible, terrible thoughts. Honestly, I mentally berate myself to an extent that I wouldn’t subject my worst enemy to. I have plenty of pretty unhealthy habits, but this is probably the worst one because it has zero benefits — nothing can ever come from it but more negativity. Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to stop and re-channel my energy into something positive, so today while I was looking into the mirror and putting on my makeup, I decided to think something nice about myself instead of my usual, God, you could really use a nose job. And I thought, I am really, really good at cat eye liner. I do it every day, and it only takes me a few minutes, and I only fuck it up, like, once a week.
Of course, feeling good about my ability to execute flawless cat eyes only goes so far. How do I intend on maintaining the positive energy? By sharing it with you, of course. Behold, my top tips and products for the perfect cat eye, every time… Keep reading »
True story: When my boyfriend first asked me to be his girlfriend, I told him I would on one condition — he was obligated to let me know whenever I had unsightly, eyeliner-related panda bear eyes. I’d spent too many days of my life unintentionally walking around with dark circles around my eye thanks to smudging my super-thick eyeliner and dammit, I needed him to help me out. Now, finally, the trajectory of my eyeliner, and the liner of so many other women has been captured in handy graphic form. I’m doing everything in my power not to rub my eyes.
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?