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The ubiquitous cat-eye flick has had its moment—and then some. It’s even become a signature for stars like Adele, which pretty much makes it a staple. Of course, we’re huge fans of a basic, foolproof liner look—be it neatly winged or smudged into our waterlines.
With that said, there will always be a place in our hearts for eye-catching maquillage that goes beyond the everyday line-and-flick. And while these stunning designs are usually crafted for the catwalks, there’s no reason why we can’t recreate them for everyday. So, voilà: seven non-basic beauty looks straight from the runways that push the boundaries of black liner and hopefully, inspire you to step outside your makeup comfort zone.
1) QUILTED LINER
At Chanel, makeup maestro Tom Pecheux reinvented the classic smoky eye with a netted pattern that paid homage to the brand’s iconic handbags. Easy to replicate using a snipping of plastic mesh as a template – simply pair it with thick mascara and soft pink lips.
2) PINK UNDERLINER
Channel the retro-meets-rock 'n' roll vibe that was on display at Versace with a heavy liner. Want to rock this rebel look yourself? Smudge black kohl liner into your waterline, followed by a blush-tinged underliner traced along your lower lashes and up to your top lashes creating a slight wing.
3) LINED ARCHES
“Pin-up girls with a pop twist,” is how makeup artist Kabuki described the makeup at Jeremy Scott. We can definitely get behind that. To achieve this bright eye, she created two curves of bright blue liner and applied crystal-studded silver stars under the right eye. Want to rock it yourself? Grab cobalt blue liner and sweep it through the arch of your eyelids; Astral accents optional.
If blue makeup isn’t your thing, you can opt instead for a more simple and sophisticated look with black liner. Line the arches with your favourite black eyeliner and forgo any accents or flicks for a dramatic statement. Minimal is best with this version!
4) GRAPHIC CIRCLES
Models at PPQ rocked exaggerated graphic semicircles and sharp flicks for a twist on the 60s. To paint this innovative cat-eye, use an angled brush to apply the liner, starting from the inner corner and drawing out past the ends of your eyebrows.
5) HOLLOW WINGS
Winged liner went next level at Kenzo where the look was described as “naughty Japanese schoolgirl meets sailor moon.” To achieve this look makeup artist Lynsey Alexander layered a super-slick, wet-looking black liquid eyeliner over a matte gel liner. Top it off with silver glitter to the inner corners of the eyes to complete the futuristic feel.
6) DOUBLE LINER AND LASHES
Sixties makeup was reinterpreted at Ryan Lo with models showcasing drawn on baby-doll lashes and a graphic double liner. For those daring beauties dying to try this look at home, we suggest finding your favourite liquid liner and draw from the inner corner of your eyes, across your upper lash line, out to the ends of your brows. Do the same on the bottom lash line stopping to paint each ‘eye lash’ at the centre. Add false lashes or a double coat of mascara for a look that is equal parts dramatic and playful.
7) PYSCHEDELIC SWIRLSInspired by the "idea of a posh girl going to Burning Man", Dior makeup artist Peter Philips doodled each models' eyelids in different rainbow shades. (We told you rainbow beauty) is rad!) To mimic the look, take tons of turquoise, emerald, aubergine and canary yellow and paint them onto the lids. An equally colourful asymmetrical wing added with a freehand approach is made for the festival scene.