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This Teeny-Tiny Makeup Trick Makes A Huge Difference
Look closely. We mean really closely: There’s something going on with the most famous faces in Hollywood. Yes, we’re talking about filler — but not the kind you think. On pretty much every red carpet in the past few weeks — including A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther — you'll spot eye makeup looks that incorporate tightlining the waterline, something that bridges the spaces between lashes, making them look falsie-level full.
Okay, so working the waterline isn’t exactly new. But it’s the way that celebrity makeup artists are doing it now that’s making us want to bring back the technique: Surprising shades of colored liner is in heavy play — sometimes stealthily laid over black for extra impact. In an update from bright whites, nudes are being used to create an eyes wide open situation; and choice color blocking — geared to make irises look piercingly Facetuned IRL — is giving new life to the upside-down eye makeup trend.
In recent weeks, the volume of looks that we’re dying to dupe has pretty much taken over the saved section of our Instagram accounts. So we reached out to celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher (who counts Greta Gerwig, Mandy Moore, and Emily Blunt as longtime clients) to give us the skinny on waterlining the cool girl way, ahead.
This post was updated on April 3, 2018.
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When we first laid eyes on this glittery look on Gaga, we thought, Ohhh ... that sparkle! Then: Wait, can we apply glitter liner to the inside rims of our lids? Streicher notes that liquid glitter liner formulas are likely to get into the eyeball and sting. For those with a deft hand, try applying bits of glitter to the inside corners of the eyes instead, like makeup artist Sarah Tanno did here. Another alternative to Gaga’s look comes courtesy of a shimmer-finish gel liner. This one glides like a blade on ice and offers light-catching shine without the irritation.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Stone)Fox 58, $25, available at Sephora
This experimental eye look, created with a deep red liner by makeup artist Allan Avendaño, may be outside the box for some, but it makes a great case for tightlining on outer corners only — something that makes eye shapes look more elongated. If Crayola-rich colors aren’t your thing, mellow the effect with a plum liner, which can bring out green and gold flecks in blue and hazel eyes.
It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Plum, $22, available at Ulta Beauty