Milan S/S ’12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani - Spring 2012 beauty

Graphic eyeliner—all hard lines, non-smudgy and in black, natch—is one of the big trends for fall 2011. (Pssst! There shall be a magazine article published in the near future about this very topic and written by yours truly.) Remember back in March when I pointed out all of the “new and fully sick” ways to wear your eyeliner? There was the tear duct dip at DSquared²; the heavy ’60s eyes at D&G; the hook-less wing at Gianfranco Ferré; and of course, the double lines at Giorgio Armani.

It was all so exciting because really, who knew there were so many things you could do with a simple black pencil? And now I have to tell you that the trend is going to continue into spring (although you probably already knew that from the Amy Winehouse-style eyes we saw in London). The master of ALL the eyeliner tricks in the book, Giorgio Armani—or more correctly, their international makeup artist, Linda Cantello—has just come up with another variation that will knock your socks off.

Also? It’s a lot softer than the fall eye, and in fact doesn’t need to involve an actual eyeliner at all (!), which should make things easier for everyone.

I like to call it The Double Flick, but you might say The Double Wing too. Here it is on Miss Coco Rocha (who I will remind you to NEVER stand next to in a photograph).

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 beauty 3 Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

See how there are two lines at the outer corners? Clever, clever. And apparently it’s a technique from the 1930s, involving a half-moon shape. (What IS it with the ’30s and half-moons? Because the half-moon mani is also a ’30s thing. Back in the day, ladies used to leave their moons bare… although now, as you know, we’re seeing all kinds of colours on the moon as well.)

Anyway, this pic shows you how it’s done:

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 beauty Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

All over the lid is a brand new Eyes to Kill shadow called Mother of Pearl that will be available next year… and like its name indicates, it’ll have a shimmery pastel finish. (I’ll be lining up for this one if my beloved Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadow pots are any indication. Check out this vid for my review.)

Then, Linda used not an actual eyeliner but a new shadow called Ecaille (a blackened green) to trace all of the lines with an angled brush. First, along the upper lash line, and then the half-moon shape in the crease.

That way, when the models opened their eyes, you get this double flick:

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 beauty 2 Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

Do you love it? I seriously do—it’s kind of a more wearable version of what we saw in New York with the slashes of eyeshadow hovering above the crease. And I think with the two lines it helps to open up the eyes more, don’t you think?

UPDATE: Armani’s PR just sent through more intel—here’s another way you can get the look:

  • Use Smooth Silk Eye Pencil No. 4 (Black) to draw along the lash line—the line should be straight and going outward. Go over the line with Eyes to Kill shadow No. 20.
  • Use the Maestro Eyeliner No. 1 (Black) to thicken the line and create depth.
  • To create the second line, use Smooth Silk Eye Pencil No. 4 again and draw from the beginning of the eye socket, leaving the middle blank and then continuing to the outer corner of the eye.
  • Dab Eyes to Kill shadow No. 23 on the outer side of the lid, going into the brow and outside the corner of the eye.
  • Curl the lashes and apply Eyes to Kill Stretching Mascara No. 1 (Black).

I imagine this, with the soft texture, will also be a little easier to DIY than last season’s Armani eye. It was more precise and also featured a double line—but with one coming from the lower lid:

MFW F11 Giorgio Armani 2 Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

And just watch: I think we’ll be seeing celebs adopting both of these trends. In fact, Kim Kardashian (I KNOW) is already a fan of the fall ’11 Armani double line, although she wears it in her own special way.

Kim Kardashian double line eyeliner Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

And InStyle JUST did an awesome shoot with up-and-comer Amber Heard featuring a more runway version of the double lines:

Amber Heard double winged eyeliner Milan S/S 12: Like winged eyeliner? Get ready to practice The Double Flick—the newest technique at Giorgio Armani

Tell me:

Are you a fan of these Armani liner looks?
Which one do you prefer—the new double flick on the upper lid? Or last season’s top and bottom liner?
Feeling brave enough to try either one?

7 Comments

Corina
Thursday, September 29/2011 at 1:29 pm

Yeah, brave enough to try them in some looks for my blog… but I don’t think I would go out wearing them, at least for a day look. The one with top and bottom liner would be great for a party/club make-up, but I find the other one to be a little bit to dramatic.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 30/2011 at 12:29 pm

I just tried the top & bottom liner using a grey liquid liner pen and it actually looked pretty good… even for daytime. (I know you’re not supposed to use liquid liner on the bottom lash line but I loved the colour – Stila All-Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Alloy.

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QuiteLight
Thursday, September 29/2011 at 1:31 pm

Oooohhhh, I LOVE them… I hated the slashes, from last week, but these… I will be doing them. Or attempting to, anyways! I love ’20′s & ’30′s styles, they consistently look great on me. I actually just ordered a gel eyeliner & a new brush, for the second one, & have the perfect shadow dupes already for the first; how did you know?!?!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 30/2011 at 12:30 pm

Yay! I’m excited too about these vintage techniques coming back – I need to practice though. :-)

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Mandie
Friday, September 30/2011 at 7:16 pm

I really like this, so pretty. Especially on the model with the red hair, the soft greys with those red eyebrows look really striking, but not in an unwearable way.

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Stephanie M Andrews
Friday, September 30/2011 at 11:59 pm

Very fun – and I will definitely try out!

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Nomadic D
Thursday, October 6/2011 at 8:32 am

Now THIS is a trend I can get behind. I think this is absolutely gorgeous! The double line coming from above and below the eye is less my cup of tea, but mostly i think because it’s very similar to stage makeup that I wear for work, so it seems less fun and casual and playful to me. But the new armani look is stunning. I love that the crease line is softer and more blended, almost like a shadow of the other line. So pretty!

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