Trend on Trial is a series in which Stylist’s beauty team puts the latest hair and make-up looks to the test.
If we had one wish, it would probably be that our eyeliner stays where it’s supposed to, all day long. That moment when you glance in the mirror only to see that the jet black formula has settled into every crease around your eyes is gut-sinking, to say the least.
But in this week’s Trend On Trial, we’re welcoming the liner travelling south of our lash lines by recreating Dior’s long, spidery lower lashes from their AW19 show. As a nod to the 60s icon Twiggy, models had long painted lines that made their eyes look huge and doll-like. Scroll on to see what the Stylist beauty team thought.
Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer says:
This week’s Trend on Trial gave us a chance to channel our inner Twiggy, with black liner used to draw thick, spidery lashes underneath the eyes. And I loved it. The bold lashline somehow manages to be both retro and modern. Despite my attempt being far from neat, it still looked cool and made my eyes pop. Since then, I’ve been applying extra layers of mascara to my bottom lashes for a doe-eyed effect – I’m a big fan (pun intended).
Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor says:
Despite looking a little bit like a rabbit in the headlights, I’m kind of into this. It’s a look that sits somewhere in the middle of extremely fashionable and everyday wearable. It’s dramatic and attention-grabbing but not so far out of the ordinary that it would cause people to stare at me if I did wear it on my morning commute. Whether I will or not is a completely different scenario, though. But I’m definitely not writing it off completely.
Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer says:
I’ve always wanted to try spidery, 60s lower lashes, but was worried that I’d look bug-eyed. I should have shaken my fear off sooner, because I really, really love this look. It adds some doll-like drama – in a good way – to my eyes, and is less cumbersome than piling on feathery false lashes. Although I opted for a precise liquid liner pen rather than a blunt, melty kohl pencil, I can’t imagine the hand-painted lines would last a full day without smudging into panda eyes.
It’s a winner. Thanks to the timeless power of Twiggy (and dramatic mod make-up in general), our eyes are transformed and so are our daily make-up routines. Far from looking like rag dolls that have come (terrifyingly) to life, we’re showing off our eyes in all their glory – well, at least until oil, sweat and life get in between the lines, that is.
The power tools
L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Liner
Benefit Roller Liner Mini
It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof 3-in-1 Mascara
Thanks to Republic of Photography
Images: Republic of Photography/Courtesy of brands