Pairing Tex Saverio for Love, Bonito’s pastel prints with punchy punk eyeliner? Pure perfection – and pretty doable, too.
Courtesy of the fine folks at Nars for Singapore Fashion Week, here’s how to pull off the sensational swagger of a traditional wingtip with all of the flair and none of the fuss:
Step 1. Let’s begin with the base. Bespoke blends are par for the course, really: Mixing different textures together for a tailored fit is a favourite trick of backstage professionals, and isn’t all that complicated.
The recipe: One part of your favourite fluid foundie to one part liquid luminiser; try Nars’ Sheer Glow Foundation and Copacabana Illuminator. Use this extra-moist custom “highlighter” all over your face for a sexy, out-of-the-shower look.
Step 2. On to concealer. In these days of less-is-more, you’ll look infinitely more youthful if your visage isn’t caked over with pancake product. Dot and dab concealer only on the undereye and any visible spots. For precision application, use a small, slightly tapered brush to blur out the appearance of blemishes and discolourations.
Step 3. Ready to ramp up your brow game? The only swag you’ll need on hand are an angled brush and a dual-shade powder palette. What you do is to draw in the darker hue starting from the centre of your brow, using fleeting flicks to feather it outwards for depth and dimension.
Switch to the lighter hue and use the same swift strokes to fill in the inner and outer contours of your brow, where the “baby” hairs are softer, then blend into the darker body of the brow. This subtle interplay between light and dark makes for a multidimensional, infinitely more natural-looking brow. Set with a clear gel.
Step 4. Now for a heaping helpful of gorgeous grungy eyeliner. Grab a gel in the glossiest obsidian – try Nars’ superb Black Valley Eye Paint – and trace a line over your socket crease. Top tip: To locate the socket, palpate your lids with a flat brush until you hit the sweet spot that’s the little sunken curve just above your eyeball.
Gently use your free hand to pull the eyelid taut for a flatter canvas to work on. Starting from the inner corner and fanning outwards, line your eye in one single sweep, simultaneously easing up on the pressure so that the line becomes naturally slimmer towards the end.
Step 5. Now that you’ve got your outline, switch to a small shadow brush, dip it in your gel pot and deftly sketch it in, working backwards to the inner eye again. For the elongated edge we’re gunning for here, moisten the brush tip first, then drag the line out so that it peters off to an exaggerated “wing” that tapers off just below the outer edge of the brow.
Oh, and don’t be too precious about getting the ends of your winged tips to square up just so; there’s a lot to be said about finding beauty in the perfect little imperfections.
Step 6. If you go out of line, so to speak, grab a cotton swab and dip one end in a creamy concealer like Nars’ Radiant Nude Concealer. Press the moistened Q-tip onto any stray flecks, then sweep out and up towards the temples in one deft, decisive move to lift away errors without wiping away all your hard work.
Step 7. Strategically placed pearlescence affords much-needed relief from all that black. What you do is to grab an eyeshadow brush, give it a brisk swirl in Nars’ delectable Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration, then press the paddle into the V-shaped inner corners of your eye.
Do the same along the nose bridge to draw attention to the middle of your face; dot on your cupid’s bow for poutier puckers; and finish with a dab in the middle of your chin. The glimmering effect as light falls on your face masks fatigue and imbues your mien with a lit-from-within luminosity that’s very intriguing indeed.
Step 8. The trick to not looking like you have a black eye is to balance out all that charred smokiness with beautifully airy, beguilingly bare-looking skin. That means quick upward strokes of a taupey brick blusher in lieu of full-on bronzer; try Nars’ Madly Blush or Silent Nude Blush from the Christopher Kane collection.
Step 9. In a classic case of eyes-or-lips, be mindful to squelch the shine on your smackers. Dab a creamy nude concealer onto your lips, layer Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine on top and bam, you’re good to go.
Behold: Graphic eyeliner, subtly contoured cheeks and a devil-may-care attitude in spades. ‘Grats, you’ve successfully married high fashion with street punk. Have fun!
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