It’s as much a part of our personal furnishing as a little black dress and it’s a make-up look loved by both men and women. Yet, for all its timeless appeal, we often slip into smokey eye complacency. A swipe with a black kohl pencil, smudged with the tip of my little finger has become my own dreary archetype, while winged liquid liner hasn’t taken a break from catwalks for an eternity.
What this season’s eye affectations have taught us though, is that even the most delicate shift in application can have a profound effect on the final result.
Appropriately, it’s the catwalk that’s also behind the new version of the smokey eye for spring, most notably legendary make-up artist, Val Garland’s split-in-two creation at Marios Schwab’s s/s 2012 show. Defined by a swipe of black gel liner traced just under the lower lash line with a parallel thick black line across the top lash line and winged outwards, it’s precision make-up, with a slightly diffused, imperfect finish. Or, as Garland aptly puts it, “It’s beauty make-up, not fierce Dolce Vita make-up. It’s ‘film noir Fellini’.” This means that the geometric balance of the two parallel lines (made punchier with a touch of nude eyeliner across the water line) is achievable for us laymen. I used a tiny gel eyeliner brush to gently edge out small beads of black liner underneath my lash line, cleaning up a few mistakes with a cotton bud dipped in cleanser
The split smokey eye gives the impression of thick spidery lashes, so forego mascara to keep it looking fresh and non-drag. And since it boasts its own ample supply of drama and wanton glamour, team it with a beaten up T-shirt. No black dress required.
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