Look of the day: Ginnifer Goodwin, A Single Man Screening, Hollywood

Ginnifer Goodwin, A Single Man Screening, Hollywood

The Look: Winged-out eyeliner.

The Lowdown: Liquid liner is one of the trickiest beauty moves to master at home and one of the best ways to “dress up” your face without using a ton of makeup. Every expert seems to have a different technique, and truthfully? You and I will probably never be able to do it as well as they do. But we can come close. Here’s how I do it:

Half the battle is using the right liquid liner. Look for one with a very fine tip—that way, there’s less risk of screwing it up and you can build the line to get the thickness you want. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner has never failed me. I also like Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Liner. I start by closing my eye and sweeping the brush as close as possible to the lashes, from the mid-point of the lid (about where your eyeball is) to the outer edge. Try to flick it up and out ever so slightly at the corners to get that doe-eyed look. I do this all in one motion—as YSL’s Val Garland says, you’ve got to do it with conviction! Then I open my eye and fill in the area from the mid-point of the lid to the inner corner (for some reason, I find it easier to draw a fine line in that area when my eye is open). Now let it dry.

My next step is using a waterproof eyeliner pencil to go over the line and fill in any gaps between it and my lashes, as well as lining the inner lashline (just lift up your lashes and colour in the area at the roots). This makes a HUGE difference, trust me! Your lashes will look thick and your eyes will pop, but it won’t look like you’re wearing much eye makeup. You can also go over the line with some shadow and an angled brush to build it up a bit for more of an evening look. Don’t forget to finish with generous amounts of mascara!


Wednesday, November 18/2009 at 9:32 am

I am a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner…can you get the same look? I am hopeless anyway, but would like to attempt this. A gel liner has serious staying power and i find liquid liners can smudge on me. What do you think? Also, do you think using a deep espresso brown liner would soften the look a bit? I find black looks a bit TOO dramatic on my pale skin sometimes. Thanks! Great post :)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, November 18/2009 at 10:14 am

Hi Allie! I’ve heard great things about the Bobbi Brown gel liner—and I know Jill D. is a big fan. (I know I have it somewhere in my stash, but it’s anyone’s guess where that is right now!)

Personally, I’ve always found liquid liners a bit easier to manipulate versus applying a gel or cream liner with a (long) angled brush, but both would work for this look. No matter what you use to draw the line, I think the key to getting some staying power is going over it with a powder shadow on top.

And yes—brown, gray, navy or even a deep purple would definitely be better choices for a softer look! :-)


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