We are all familiar with the classic winged cat eye and will have no doubt shared the struggle and (maybe) perfected the art of applying near symmetrical eyeliner to both eyes. If you are looking for a new spin on this look though then why not give a new style of graphic eyeliner a try? Easier than you might think, you can get creative and go from a very subtle triangle at the corner of your eye to all out crayola-fest depending on your mood. I like to think of this style of graphic liner as the interesting, more edgy older sister of the classic cat eye. She is equally as well turned out but is best friends with rock chick favourite the heavily smudged kohl liner. Together they are downright naughty. Graphic liner will sing when worn with nothing but clear skin and a smile. Equally, it will add drama to a full face of make-up, especially if applied in more than one colour.
For winged eyes a fine brush or pen works best but for graphic lines a sharpish pencil can also be used to good effect and allows you to taper and fade at the end of lines if you so wish. Don’t forget to prep skin well before applying and to seal your lines once you’re happy with them to prevent smudging. Waterproof liner is also an option. And lastly, if you don’t trust yourself to go totally freehand you can always experiment with masking off areas with tape to get clean sharp lines exactly where you want them. I’m off to find my ruler…..
Graphic eyes+ – regency, £6.50 ZOEVA zoevacosmetics.com
They say: “Get gorgeous statement eyes with our Graphic Eyes+. Enjoy a brand new product performance with a superior luscious and ultra smooth formula. The Graphic Eyes+ collection combines the smoothness of a liquid liner with the ease of application of a traditional pen without compromising in quality or makeup result. The powerfully pigmented liners are free of fragrance and parabens. Once dry, they are designed to give you a super longwear and waterproof finish – no matter how busy your day is. Dive into a broad range of must have shades that deliver true, rich and intense color.”
Master graphic felt tip line, £5.99 MAYBELLINE at asos.com
They say: “Eyestudio® Master Graphic™ Liquid Marker Eyeliner. Draw the boldest line with the sharpest edge. Just turn 90° to draw a thick or thin line with this long-lasting, dual-tip glossy liquid eyeliner. Ophthalmologist tested. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.”
Long wear liquid liner, £24.00 BOBBI BROWN at houseoffraser.co.uk
They say: “High-impact and high-intensity-this brush-tip liner delivers bold color payoff and a chrome finish for graphic, runway-inspired liner looks. The all-new formula dries to an indelible, flexible finish and pro-vides all-day, fade-free wear. Formulated with a unique blend of iridescent pearls, this pigment-rich formula delivers a multi-dimensional, high-shimmer line. A combination of fast-drying polymers create a highly flexible, water-resistant finish that won’t crack or fade. The brush tip gives you maximum control and applies liner smoothly and evenly for a crisp, graphic line.”
Eyeliner stylo, £21.00 NARS narscosmetics.co.uk
They say: “Line, highlight, shade and define with modern artistic versatility. A brilliant pot of high-impact pigment in an innovative silky, weightless gel formula. Rich, hyper-saturated shades that glide smoothly and dry down quickly in long-lasting finishes from icy metallics to modern mattes. Elevated artistry that boldly strays from the straight and narrow.”
Tattoo liner liquid eyeliner, £16.00 KAT VON D at debenhams.com
They say: “A true cult favourite, this ‘Tattoo’ liquid eyeliner boasts an innovative, superfine flexible brush tip for fluid, effortless and precise application. This paraben-free, high-pigment, waterproof liner also features a non-fraying brush tip and is available in two shades.”