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Trend on trial: floating eyeliner


Sometimes it’s the smallest tweaks that have the biggest impact. Take Rag & Bone’s graphic eyeliner, which appears to have detached itself from the lash line in search of new pastures and found itself nestled above the crease of the eye. But is this easy-to-create look just too high fashion?

Evie Leatham

Stylist’s Beauty Director says:

A graphic liquid liner floating in no man’s land between eyelashes and brow is definitely outside my comfort zone but then TOT is all about life beyond the safe place. This requires a steady hand: getting both lines symmetrical is pure artistry. Then there’s the tricky task of drawing on the second eye while keeping the first one closed to avoid smudging it – I found prepping the eyelid with translucent powder helped. From afar the eye looks naked but under closer scrutiny it’s quite a statement: sharp, minimalist, monochrome. I like it on Cara, I truly do, and it’s the ultimate eyeliner update, but not for me.

Samantha Flowers

Stylist's Beauty Editor says:

It’s one of life’s biggest mysteries: how is it so hard to draw a straight line on one’s own eye? With every eyeliner-based TOT we’ve done, I’m usually the one struggling in the corner, make-up wipes at the ready. But NYX’s The Curve Liner has changed everything. It’s ergonomically designed to fit in your hand as you sweep it along – be that on the lash line or floating just above it. Still, the thing is, straight or not, floating liner looks like you’ve applied it after several G&Ts. Fail.

Anita Bhagwandas

Stylist’s Beauty and Features Writer says:

Some catwalk trends segue into real life, some do not. This is one of them; I’d challenge anyone to pull this look off with guile and poise as it’s just so odd. I love a graphic liner look, but I’ll be keeping the liner closer to my lash line and playing with it by creating a blunt straight line, or varying the size and shape of the flick. I’m vetoing this trend – too weird and too tricky to ever look cool.


The floating graphic eyeliner is the beauty equivalent of the vinyl coat: it’s incredible when professionally styled, but done badly, it can look just a little bit wrong. It begs all kinds of questions from those around you. Our advice? If you want to adopt this trend, move the liner a little further down into the crease where it sits more naturally and channel a more modern take on Edie Sedgwick’s defined eyes with buckets of mascara and oodles of babydoll allure.

(Clockwork from left to right: Prep + Prime Transparent Powder, £20, MAC; The Curve Eyeliner in black, £16, NYX; Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner in black, £5.49, Rimmel London; Calligraphy liquid Eyeliner in ebony, £23, Hourglass)

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