Upside down eyeliner was all the rage on the Milan Fashion Week catwalks.
Upside down eyeliner? I hear you ask. Isn’t that just eyeliner on your bottom lash line? Well, yes and no.
What makes Milan Fashion Week’s latest look exciting beauty news, and probably different to how you line your eyes on a Saturday night, is the linear nature of the application.
“It’s all about not following the natural shape of your eye,” explains make-up artist Mark Carrasquillo.
At Ermanno Scervino, Carrasquillo used a matte black eyeshadow to line the bottom of the eye with an incredible straight line, smudged out to perfection with a fluffy blending brush. The line was thinner towards the inner eye and got progressively thicker as it went along. Even when blended, Carrasquillo kept the line as straight as possible, sending models back to their artists if there was even the hint of feline to any of his teams’ work.
At Cavalli, a flaming red was the hue of choice for the upside down liner which was paired with slicked back hair to up the ‘rock chic’ stakes.
Glam punk best described the makeup at Max Mara, where straight, graphic shaped eye-shadow covered the lid and was met by a rich intense straight black line (fashioned with a mix of liner and shadow) on the lower lash line.
While at Tommy Hilfiger, Carrasquillo was inspired by the race track themed show and collection. He sent models – including Joan Smalls and Gigi and Bella Hadid – down the runway with a chromatic lower liner that was blended into a straight black line at the outer edge – think the silver rims of a car against a black tyre.
There are no rules as far as colour or medium – like shadow, kohl, liquid – are concerned, so do experiment. To get it right, though, ensure you go straight.