Why You Should Try Bold Eyeliner This Spring

If you do one thing this season, GET TO GRIPS with an EYELINER, says SARAH HALLIWELL

Tom Ford SS18 by Jason Lloyd Evans

However soberly we need to dress for daytime, the SS18 catwalks encouraged us to add a hint of rebellion with our make-up. We can all get excited about rebel eyeliner. It’s a democratic trend everyone can buy into – a few quid on a charcoal-black pencil and you’re away. Liner can convey instant sulkiness, the queenliness of Cleopatra or just a truckload of attitude, depending on the shape and thickness of the line. And a generous hand with the liner adds an instant edge to any look, whether you’re wearing jeans or a tuxedo.

Jason Wu SS18 by Jason Lloyd Evans

This season, identikit precision is not what we’re after. Take inspiration from the elegant winged liner at Versus and Erdem, graphic sweeps at Fendi and Lanvin, and chunky blocks of inky black at Tom Ford and Jason Wu: anything goes, as long as you pull back the rest of your make-up. Ring the entire eye, Siouxsie Sioux-style, as at Marc Jacobs and Cavalli – your inner teenager will be ecstatic. “Eyeliner can express many things,” says MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry Terry Barber. “It can say, I mean business, or be about pure glamour. If you get the skin right – natural, fresh, healthy – then your make-up statement can be simple.” Experiment with a coloured liner for a fresh approach, as at Missoni: Chanel’s glowing green liner looks amazing paired with a powdered raspberry lip. And try gel or metallic liners to catch the light for another dimension. Essentials? Use a primer if you’re no longer 20, to help keep liner in place – and keep cotton buds dipped in make-up remover handy.

Sarah Halliwell

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