If you’ve taken a flip through the second issue of Style.com/Print, you know that we’re particularly excited about the proliferation of colored cat-eyes on the Fall runways. After classic black iterations of the winged liner technique made a big showing for Spring, makeup artists came up with all kinds of newfangled updates on the retro flick at the shows in February. There was Pat McGrath’s thick scrawl of cobalt blue at Anna Sui, Francelle Daly’s slick of glossy red at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Romy Soleimani’s custom mix of Obsessive Compulsive Liptars in shades of chartreuse and mustard, which she multitasked on eyes backstage at VPL. But getting that perfectly clean point—no matter the color—is easier said than done. We got a good liner lesson during a recent chat with celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff that’s definitely worth sharing: “Always use a pencil first to guide the shape.” Cream shadows and liquid liners will provide more stark opacity, she admits, but pencils are invaluable as a first step to getting a catlike effect—which is why we’ve been loving Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup’s new Crayon Intense liners of late. Part of its new floral-inspired Bouquet collection, the six-piece range includes three easy-to-wield existing shades like the deep green Agave, purple Lilac, and rose-gold Shimmer, as well as three new “fashion” shades in Acqua, a bright azure; Mint, a seafoam green; and Lemon, a bright yellow. After you sharpen the pencils, be sure to round the tip, then trace your upper lash line at will (editor’s note: keeping a makeup remover-soaked Q-tip on hand to correct any slip-ups is key). The three new shades happen to look pretty cool dragged straight out beneath the lower lash line as well.
$29 each, available April 2012 at Saks Fifth Avenue.