Selena Gomez's "Thumbprint Liner" Is Fall's Coolest Beauty Trend

Cat-eye malfunctions can happen to the best of us — no matter how pro we are at 'em. Despite how many liner tricks we have up our sleeve, these are the makeup meltdowns that will cause more late mornings to work than a long line at your favorite coffee shop. Normally, we take the frustration with a grain of salt (and some how-to hacks) but now, it looks like there's a new eye trend this season that will make our routines faster — and easier. Enter: A look we're calling "thumbprint eyeliner."

Unlike a classic cat-eye, mastering the look requires zero liquid liner and leaves you with the kind of imperfect results that won't result in a pile of half-used makeup remover wipes. Why is it dubbed "thumbprint liner"? The rounded swoop of shadow is exactly the same size as the pad of your finger. Fret not, because these oval wings are made to be sisters, never twins — the messier the finished look, the better. For once, you don't have to GAF about how precise your eyeliner looks.

Since you can use a brush or your actual finger to create the thick flick, we're predicting this look will garner the kind of popularity the "upside down" liner trend did last winter. The evidence is certainly mounting: Ever since Lady Gaga showed up at the Grammy's with rounded, blood red shadow peeking out from the corner of her eyes, shows like Tom Ford and Jason Wu have adopted the bedhead look on models like Bella Hadid. Now, thanks to Selena Gomez's charcoal-colored shadow last night at the Coach show, we're calling this the fall staple you shouldn't leave the house without.

Click ahead to check out the best thumbprint eyeliner looks this week.

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Earlier this year, Lady Gaga took rock 'n roll makeup to the next level with this merlot eye look at the Grammy Awards. Rimmed with a black kohl liner on her waterline, celebrity makeup artist Sarah Nicole Tanno opted for the unique shape. As you can see here, the wing shapes are mismatched — adding to the IDGAF vibe. Her product of choice: Marc Jacob's Matte Highliner Gel Crayon in (Fine)Wine.
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This week at Jason Wu's S/S 2018 show, models hit the runway with a last minute look: a soft thumbprint. "On the way here in the car I got a text saying ‘Let’s add a graphic element to it,’ so we ended up with a cool wing with an edge," makeup artist Yadim explains to WWD.

To get the look, simply grab a dense, rounded eye brush and pick up a deep, smoky pigment (Yadim used the dark green hue from the Maybelline The City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle). Wet your brush for precision, then start slow, adding more pigment until you have a dead ringer for this look — or create your own take.
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For a hooded look, follow the same steps from above, but drag the shadow (or gel liner) from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye, too. This technique adds instant drama – saving you an hour and a whole palette of smoky shades.

Tom Ford's edgy look is easily achieved with a mix of eyeliner, shadow, and gloss for a deepened effect. Makeup artist Pat Montelongo explains to WWD, "We didn’t want a straight line, we wanted a little bit of that curve to it so it's not going out at an angle. It just goes softly hugging the eye and then just around the nice soft edge."
Although he's the master of smoky eyes, celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo upped the ante with Gomez's look last night. On top of her glitter lids, Vanngo smudged a grey shadow on her outer corner for a lived-in look.
Not sure you're ready for a full thumbprint of shadow? Ease in with this look, also created by Vanngo. Just use a small, stiff brush to craft a soft cat-eye, then buff the edges with a second, clean brush. It's no thumbprint, but it's a step closer to getting out the door in a flash.
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