Lately I’ve been noticing beautiful women all around me sporting the perfect cat-eye. First it was my sister-in-law Azita, who was kind enough to share her technique last week. This week we interrogated the lovely Becca Blanco of Ruby Press. When I spotted her with a perfectly-lined eye recently at the Cat Seto book launch, I knew Ms. Blanco had to be part of The Eyeliner Chronicles. Every Monday, I’ll interview all my favorite girlfriends who manage 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 a method that works for everyone. Here’s how Becca creates her amazing look!
1. What’s your go-to eyeliner?
Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight black, $22.
2. Could you take us through a step by step of how you apply your eyeliner to get that perfect result?
My step by step is really easy: I take a small angled brush and and run one edge of the brush across the pot of liner. For me it’s the best way to get a clean line. I start drawing from the inside corner of my eye outward, building a thicker line and filling in areas with additional strokes of the brush. I save the wing for last—I angle it out, usually shooting for a 45-degree angle.
3. I think you mentioned you’ve been applying your eyeliner this way since a young age… can you tell us a little more about that? Was there someone in your family who inspired the look?
I have! I’ve been an eye liner devotee since I was 14-years-old. I’ve always loved ’60’s glamour, and having a great cat eye is so essential to the look. I think it comes from watching so many old TV shows and movies with my grandmother. She is always very put together, confident and so stylish. It’s a look I associate with her and being a woman.
4. What other eye makeup is your favorite?
I LOVE the Shu Uemura hard formula brow pencil in seal brown. It helps create a very defined and clean shape. For a more dramatic but easy everyday look, I like to fill in the pencil (it’s very light on) with MAC eye shadow in Espresso with a small angled brush and add a dusting of MAC eye shadow in Brule on the brow bone and the inside of the lid. It just helps to clean up and define your brows (especially if your between a brow wax!) For mascaras, I actually really love L’Oreal! (I really like to layer it thick!) Any of their Voluminous formulas are great—I am currently using Million Lashes in Very Black.
5. Are there any current eye makeup trends you’re interested in?
Yes, I really like the freshness and sweetness of pastels on the face (i.e. Valentino Spring 2012). And of course, I just love everything from Mad Men. If I could wear a set of false eyelashes every day, I would!
6. Any other tips or tricks you’d like to share?
Hmm, I know for some people liquid eye liner can be intimidating. Having a steady hand is so necessary to getting a straight line. When I was first learning, I would first draw a line with a pencil that was more forgiving (and could easily be smugged off to start over). Then once I got the right thickness and angle of the wing, I’d go over it with liquid. Make sure to set it with a dusting of powder under your eye so you liner doesn’t run though!