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Trend on trial: drawn on eyelashes

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It’s becoming incredibly difficult to create a look that’s revolutionary (what haven’t we seen during the course of Trend On Trial?) without verging into pantomime dame territory. So we’re keen to try the trend envisioned at Anna Sui this season – using black liner to draw ‘faux’ lashes under the eyes in between the real ones. It’s one-part Edie Sedgwick with ounces of Sixties baby-doll allure; one-part modern punk, playing up the heavy eyeliner look. Did we fall for its dual personalities?

Samantha Flowers

Stylist’s Beauty editor says:

If I was banished to a desert island, Shipwreckedstyle, and allowed only one luxury item, I would definitely take mascara (SPF would be provided, of course). There is nothing as powerful as a good mascara, with its magic wand breathing hours of lost sleep into your eyes. So naturally I loved using liner to mimic the look of lashes, making them appear thicker and longer. I applied three coats of YSL’s Baby Doll mascara to make my lashes sufficiently glossy, then created tiny markings between them using Illamasqua’s Precision Ink with its fine tip. This look totally did it for me.

Anita Bhagwandas

Stylist’s Beauty and Features Writer says:

To many this would look comical – like a Halloween costume gone wrong or the Sixties on crack. It’s extreme, granted but done with a little finesse, lines drawn along your lower lashes can look utterly magical and wide-eyed. Be sure to use a fine liner brush so that you look more china doll, less Bride Of Chucky. I tried this out over the weekend, teamed with thick cat-eye liner on the upper lid, and had many an admirer.

Evie Leatham

Stylist’s Beauty Director says:

Are the fine lines drawn between my lower lashes a Sixties reference too far? Perhaps. But there’s just something so exuberant about this Anna Sui eye. I defy anyone to be down in the dumps with what looks like smudged polka dots sketched among their lower lashes. I think I might just have discovered a cure for those Monday morning blues.

Verdict:

It seems that it’s a resounding ‘yes’ for the doll-eyed look. Little wonder when you think that mascara is one of the top-selling make-up products in the UK and that sales of false lashes are soaring (we like to think it’s inspired by looks like this one rather than the TOWIE effect). We played up the exaggerated eye seen at Anna Sui but done subtly, it’s a beautiful alternative to the ubiquitous party season smoky eye.

With thanks to boothnation.com

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