This season, the eyes have it!
If the beauty looks at the S/S ‘17 runways of Thierry Mugler, Coach, Baja East, and Altazurra are an indication of the makeup we’ll all be wearing over the next few months, it’s clear that it’s all about the perfectly imperfect eye for summer!
Models strutted these, and many other runways, with noticeably smudged eyeliner (versus the impeccably-lined peepers we’ve seen in seasons past), for a sultry, smoky look that was dramatic and glamorous, but also really easy.
Balmain Spring 2017, Rag & Bone Spring 2017, Giorgio Armani Spring 2017
While makeup artists at the shows stuck with mostly shades of black, grey, and brown to line the eyes, we did see a few experiment with other colors, like navy and silver, and we’ve even spotted a few celebrities, including Blake Lively and Lily Collins, rocking the look in a range of hues.
More recently, at both the Met Gala and MTV Movie & TV Awards, stars like Rihanna, Behati Prinsloo, Zendaya, and Allison Williams nailed the look in shades of pink, bronze, and sapphire.
Lily Collins, Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae
Want to try the trend? This look is super easy to pull off, and you probably already have exactly what you need in your makeup bag.
Simply swipe your bottom waterline and/or your upper lash line with your favorite kohl pencil (sorry cateye queens, liquid liner won’t do here) and use a shadow brush, cotton swab, or your ring finger to gently smudge it for a sultry, smoky effect. And don’t be afraid to try a colored eye pencil to line your eyes.
Of course you’ll want to avoid any liner that boasts it’s stay-putability, as the point of this trend is to create a devil-may-care smudged look.
Alternatively, take a cue from the makeup artists at Chloe and Sonia Rykiel and use eyeshadow to create the smudged liner look. And no worries if you’re a beginner and feel like you don’t know what you’re doing; this look requires no precision, so it’s impossible to get it wrong!
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Smokissime, The Estee Edit Inside Track Eye Kajal, Stila Smudge Pot