Welcome to the third installment of the Eyeliner Chronicles! Every Monday, I interview a girlfriend who manages to achieve that perfect Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe (pick your fave eyeliner icon!) look. Eyeliner application isn’t a one size fits all affair. Different strokes for different folks, and I figure if we catalogue enough techniques we can find methods that work for each and every one of us.
This week we’re featuring the gorgeous and glamorous Meghan Brock, who blogs at Voila! Meghan has mad makeup skills. She and I worked together in an office where I had a front row view of her maquillage, which was flawless every single day. The eyeliner in particular astounded me and I always wondered how she did it. Now, I have the perfect opportunity to be nosey and find out all her secret techniques! And because I’m so nice I’m sharing them with you. Below, find out Meghan’s method for achieving the perfectly-lined eye, a shortcut version for when your impatient partner is tapping his foot at the door, and her surprising celebrity inspiration (hint: she was as hilarious as she was beautiful).
1. What’s your go-to eyeliner?
My all-time favorite eyeliner is Almay, both the pencil and liquid liner in black. I’ve used them forever and am always disappointed when I venture out to other brands.
2. Could you take us through a step by step of how you apply your eyeliner to get that perfect result?
I start my eyeliner before I’ve put on any mascara or false lashes (sometimes even before foundation; I can hardly stand the sight of myself sans eyeliner). From trial and error, I’ve found it best to get as close to the lash line as possible. So, step one is a rough draft with pencil eyeliner. I start a thin line at the inner eye at about the point where the white of the eye and the iris meet. As I get closer to the outer eye, I apply more pressure so the line becomes thicker as I get to the outer corner of the eye. The wing is created by drawing a thin line from the outer corner of my eye, aiming toward the outer end of my eyebrow. I usually extend this line about one-quarter inch. Then, at the lash line, about a quarter inch from the outer corner of the eye, I begin a thin line that meets the end of the last line that I drew, creating a triangle that is the winged part of the eyeliner. I fill the triangle in so that it is completely black, then use my finger to slightly smudge the end of the wing toward the tip of my eyebrow. Once I’ve finished this, I use the pencil to darken my upper waterline from the inner corner of my eye up to the point where I began my original line. Once I’ve done all this, I trace everything in liquid liner to make a very bold, black, winged cateye effect.
3. Was there someone in your family (or someone else) who inspired the look?
While my aunts have always greatly influenced my aesthetic, my taste in eyeliner came from a slightly less expected source. As a young girl, I can remember watching I Love Lucy and loving her makeup. I think if you look at my blog, this might become a little more obvious. Anyway, Lucille Ball was my first exposure to mid-century makeup. Later, I fell in love with the looks of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, but it was Lucy who was my first and most pronounced influence in the world of winged liquid eyeliner.
4. What other eye makeup is your favorite?
I haven’t been an eyeshadow girl since high school, when silvery purple was the thing. Lately, however, I’ve had a lot of fun playing with Urban Decay’s Naked palette. The colors are so earthy and natural, that even with a heavy hand, there is no risk of resembling a street walker. And the shadow gets bonus points for never creasing, even without eyeshadow primer!
5. Are there any current eye makeup trends you’re interested in?
I’ve been interested in recreating two looks that I’ve seen a lot lately. One is the 60s inpsired, Twiggy-esque eye, which requires heavy liner to define and exaggerate the shape of the lid. The other is a Jean Harlow inspired eye, which has very little liner, but tons of dark shadow to make the eye appear very large and round.
6. Any other tips or tricks you’d like to share?
Yep! On the weekend, when my husband is impatiently waiting for me to get ready, I find that a swipe of some black eyepencil on both the upper and lower waterlines is a quick way to make your eyes sparkle without needing any mascara or shadow. In fact, he compliments me more when I do this shortcut eye makeup routine than my usual liner-mascara-lashes-shadow routine.