This feature is a collaboration with Lucy Parks. Lucy has been working in the fashion industry for six years. A dedicated follower of all things fashion and beauty, she is passionate about new industry developments. Lucy is now a full time freelance fashion writer.
If you’ve ever heard someone reminiscing about their ‘one attempt’ to do flicked eyeliner,
then you’ll be aware that some techniques are seemingly an insurmountable feat for some
people. For some, the idea of doing a halo eye, a bold lip or a retro eyelid might just seem
like a distant fantasy. However, most of the people wearing these looks aren’t makeup artists, and just like you, they began with a wobbly hand and a steady pinky finger in front of the mirror in their bedroom. While some looks have a perceived difficult technical skill, some are deemed too bold to wear, or far too scary to wear in public.
This is a makeup look you’ll most frequently hear people say they can’t seem to manage.
Some feel their eyes are too small, too hooded, too open, too big to do this look. The only
thing these people have in common is inexperience. They are under the illusion that their
personal features are holding them back from trying the infamous pin-up eye.
To get the look, first of all, find a true black (or a colour of your choice) eyeliner with a brush tip – there are ones which are like pens, but this doesn’t exactly make life easier. Beginning with the outer edge of the flick, run the line from the outer corner of your eye and aim for the far edge of your eyebrow. This gives the flick a nice shape, and after a bit of practice, you can start experimenting with drawing the line out or changing the overall size of the look. If you do make any mistakes, a cotton swab with a bit of cleanser will tidy up any smudges or wobbly lines.
A bold lip
The ‘difficulty’ to pull this look off comes from the idea that it’s hard to pull off. What colours people find difficult often come down to personal preference, with some fearing fiery reds, neons, or dark plums. The only
difference with regards to someone else wearing the colour is not necessarily how much it suits them, but that they had the courage to wear it in the first place. Regardless of how bold your choice, there is always a colour to suit your skin tone and personal style.
For those fearing the dreaded smudge or, finding a good lip pencil in a colour that matches the overall colour of a lipstick to give you a frame to work within. Maybe with each brighter and louder shade you wear, you’ll find yourself experimenting with more unusual lipstick trends, such as the colour blue, for instance.
The notion that blue is a dreaded colour often begins with a perception of who wears the colour blue. However, there are so many shades of blue that it’s possible to find one that is suitable to add a pop of color. Royal or neon blue can add a striking bolt of colour across a shaded lid particularly with a liquid eyeliner. Navy can be used to smudge out a smoky eye, and pal blue can be used as an bright bottom lid liner to reflect or contrast against eye colour.
It’s easy to feel intimidated by social media influencers who use beautifully pigmented
shades and expensive brands of glitter for this particular look. Buying pigmented eye shadows isn’t necessarily an expensive venture. If you’re devoted enough to the makeup cause, you could start the beginnings of a professional kit and become an influencer yourself.
Even if you’re just a regular enthusiast, having the professional quality product can certainly make some looks feel more special. However, to get the basics of this look, use a matte shade on either side of your eyelid, use a white down the middle, underneath the glitter, and then an affordable glitter of your choosing – preferably a biodegradable one. If you’re not sure where to even begin with shopping for biodegradable makeup glitter, browsing Etsy is a great place to start. That said if shimmering your way down the high street during midday isn’t for you, you can still do this using contrasting colours; for example, dark tones and pale nudes.
Admittedly, creating a clean edge along the eye socket just requires a bit of patience and a steady hand. Even if you consider yourself too wobbly to successfully carry a cup of coffee across a room, you will absolutely be able to achieve this look. To get a solid line, firstly apply your base colour all over the lid. Obviously, make sure you blend it well above the socket line. Otherwise, the stark contrast will be lost. Then, create the cut crease by using a light, creamy eye shadow. You can even create the contrast by using concealer on your lid.
You can also take this look to the next level by adding a liquid glitter eyeliner underneath the sharp edge. Once you have the fundamentals of this look down, there’s nothing stopping you from adding your own unique touch and aesthetic to it. Just because you’re not a dab hand at painting or the world’s next catwalk makeup artist doesn’t mean there isn’t a wide range of makeup looks available to you.
Experimenting with colour and making mistakes aren’t just part of the process, they’re completely necessary. Once you’ve got through a few rounds of makeup wipes and tidied up a few smudgy edges, you’ll end up with a look you not only look great in but are proud of.