Another Paris fashion week is now behind us, but if the makeup on the runway was any indication, there’s one trend that’s not taking the backseat anytime soon: statement eyeliner. Inspired by the Leonard Spring/Summer 2013 show, here are some of our favorite tips on how to make the look yours.
make it a matte canvas
No matter how you shape it, a statement eye like this one is a lot of look. We're not saying we've never seen it paired with a dewy complexion on the runways—but in real life, heavy black liner looks best when it's not competing with shine. Keep in mind: there's a difference between matte and cakey, so rather than overdo it with the base, dust on a loose powder, and carry some blotting papers in your purse for touchups.
don't forget to highlight
Your browbones, that is. Heavy black liquid liner or shadow has a tendency to make the eyes look smaller. Fortunately, a little well-placed highlighter—for this purpose, a shimmery vanilla-hued shadow is perfect—creates a subtle eye-opening effect, much like curling your eyelashes does.
know your formula
You can easily get the look like the one you see at the right using only a soft kohl pencil and a short, wide smudge brush. But for a precise cat eye that goes the distance and lasts all day, you're much better off with a long-wearing gel formual and a tapered eyeliner brush. Looking to line your waterlines? Stick with a traditional pencil.
blush it on
While we definitely don't advise trying out a full-throttle rosy cheeks with any sort of dramatic eye makeup, we do recommend a subtle healthy flush so that you don't look washed out. Minimal and clean is what you're going for here; think soft, peachy pink, and don't forget to blend.
Article posted 10/04/2012.