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Trend on trial: The Sixties graphic eye


Stylist's Beauty Director Joanna McGarry tries the sixties eye-liner trend, as seen at Costume National autumn/winter 2011.

One of the reasons I fell in love with make-up, to the extent that it became my job, is that it allows you to reference the past – and be someone else for a day – without looking like a pastiche.

You can dip in and out of decades without so much as changing your shoes. Take winter’s most enticing eye look, the Sixties-inspired graphic eye – it’s Twiggy, but without the micro-mini, if you will. This was worked to perfection on the a/w 2011 catwalks, with Costume National and MaxMara opting for the archetypal Sixties socket line swipe. It’s a nod to the stripped back elegance of Richard Avedon photography, capturing the eye in all its almond-shaped glory. It’s also outrageously difficult to pull off.

Peering closely into a magnifying mirror, poised with Maybelline’s Gel Liner, I slowly nudged small dabs of black liner from the inside of my eye, tracing around the curve of the socket. And then I exhaled. Then came my left eye, or what I like to call, “the eye that hates make-up”, as four futile attempts later, I was still battling to get them to look like they belonged to the same person.

Speedier swipes, I felt would help, just as it’s far easier to draw a straight line on paper quickly than it is slowly. The only question left is, what would Twiggy do?



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