13 posts tagged "eyeliner"
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nicola Peltz is the breakout beauty star of the summer. From smoky eyes to colorful lids, the 19-year-old is quickly becoming a fashion force to be reckoned with. And at last night’s Japanese premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Tokyo, Peltz arrived on the red carpet wearing a tangerine Prada dress with a plunging neckline and razor-sharp black liner reminiscent of screen sirens like Sophia Loren, or the dramatic wings recently seen on the Atelier Versace runway. While I’ve watched many a YouTube tutorial that suggests applying Scotch tape to achieve that crisp line (a makeup move that can damage delicate skin), a safer trick to a foolproof flick is to hold a business card flat to the outer corner of your eye and use the edge as a stencil.
For obvious reasons, liquid liner isn’t typically part of our poolside beauty regimen, but the Spring ’15 swim collections in Miami have us reconsidering. Yesterday we spotted “underliner” at Mara Hoffman, where models wore virtually no makeup save for a swipe of seafoam along their lower lashes. We noticed the trend again at Minimale Animale, where the look was decidedly more graphic. Thick, chalky streaks were painted below the pupils, then extended out into thick, upward-arching wings. We’ve always rimmed our waterlines with a white or nude pencil to wake up red or tired eyes, but this takes the concept to a whole new level. A touch of black mascara on the top lashes added to the fresh effect. Next time we hit the beach—or perhaps on mornings when caffeine just isn’t cutting it—we’ll be reaching for a waterproof formula (like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond White) and road-testing this instant, eye-opening trick.
I usually forgo eye makeup come summer because it’s seemingly too high maintenance (humidity and shadow don’t usually play well together), but the colorful mascara seen at Stella McCartney’s Resort garden party inspired me to rethink my approach. My weapon of choice for achieving the look: the new, highly pigmented Slim Aarons x Napoleon Perdis Poolside Gossip eyeliner duos in High Society (turquoise), Privilege (emerald), and Power (chocolate). These double-sided markers apply more like a Sharpie (with both a pointed and angled tip for a thick or thin flick) and less like a pencil that smudges every time you blink. Inspired by Aarons’ images of wealth and power, specifically Poolside Gossip shot in Palm Springs in 1970, this trio captures the saturated, almost-electric tones routinely found in his work. “The women [in his photos] are so polished, yet there is an effortlessness to their look…casual, but almost unattainably so,” noted Perdis. The face painter perfectly sums up my aesthetic vision for the next three months (although I’ll likely ditch the helmetlike blond blowouts seen here for more effortless waves). I may even stash my sunnies the next time I find myself stretched out in a lounge chair with martini in hand in order to give these brilliant liners the attention they deserve.
$35 each; napoleonperdis.com
“The world needs another eyeliner”—said no beauty editor, ever. Admittedly, it’s a market that’s suitably saturated, but with Benefit’s latest launch, the brand aims to innovate. Meet They’re Real Push-Up Liner, a sister product to the hyper-lengthening (and cultishly adored) They’re Real mascara. As the first gel liner in twist-up pen form, it offers the portability of liquid liners with the opacity and long-wear time of a gel. The patent-pending, flexible rubber AccuFlex tip cozies up to the lashline to make sure your cat-eye ends up where it should be, and dispenses an ideal amount of liner, whether you’re going for a touch of daytime definition or full-on Bardot bedroom eyes. While it doesn’t launch officially until June 27, Benefit is currently offering the chance to snap up a tube in their virtual queue at thelinetofine.com (stragglers click now, you only have a few hours left to get in on the action). Hey, having first dibs on a foolproof flick is worth waiting in line for.
Eyeliner is making a serious statement on the Resort circuit this season. Backstage pro Peter Philips used a liquid formula to sketch graphic parallel lines on top and bottom lashes at Dior; Pat McGrath smudged shimmery blue, gray, burgundy, or khaki green pigments around catwalkers’ eyes at Louis Vuitton; smoky, kohl-rimmed lids accentuated by gold leaf on the inner corners appeared at Chanel; and makeup artist Vincent Oquendo crafted party-girl eyes reminiscent of Penny Lane in Almost Famous at Marc Jacobs’.
For the latest issue of Jalouse, however, Oquendo took a new textural approach to the trend, lining model Ali Michael’s upper lashes with black Duo Eyelash Adhesive and flat, gunmetal studs purchased from M&J Trimming in New York City. “I was inspired by the nineties and Nancy Downs [actress Fairuza Balk] in The Craft, so I wanted it to look dangerous but still feel fresh,” he said. “She was styled with all of these chokers and chains, so I translated that to Ali’s face.” For those who want to take the goth-punk aesthetic one step further, try Oquendo’s combo for a bewitching-but-subtle plummy-black lip: MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and Lipstick in Cyber.