Welcome to the fourth 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 fabulous Cassidy Blackwell who blogs at Natural Selection, and also writes for Naturally Curly. Cassidy and I met recently at the Lucky FABB West conference in Santa Monica and became fast friends. I immediately admired many things about this lovely lady: her seriously fantastic curls, the amazing earrings she was wearing and, of course, her eyeliner! I have the scoop for you below on her go-to products, her current favorite eye makeup trend, and how she creates the color-tastic look above.
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1. What’s your go-to eyeliner?
L-L-L-L-Liquid Liner! I’m obsessed with liquid liner; I wear it almost every day and have for years. Right now, I’m loving Tigi’s Black Patent Liquid Liner. It’s got this glossy sheen to it, just like patent leather (hence the name), and has this rich, saturated color. It is also one of the most long-wearing liners I’ve ever put on, I mean once it’s on it. is. ON. Occasionally I’ll have some sort of travel snafu and I’ll have to grab a drugstore brand, but I’m flexible as long as it’s liquid, black, and has a felt tip!
2. Could you take us through a step by step of how you apply your eyeliner to get that perfect result?
Liquid liner requires a steady hand and for me they key is to rest my pinky on my cheek and use just my thumb and index finger to control the liner application. On the top lid, I start on the inside corner and work my way out. Sometimes I’ll do just a simple line from corner to corner, other times I’ll gradually thicken the line towards the outside corner and if I’m feeling particularly frisky, I’ll do a cat eye (pun intended).
3. Was there someone in your family (or someone else) who inspired the look?
Actually not at all. My mom loves the au naturel look and did not allow me to wear eyeliner until my last year of high school. That didn’t really stop me from pursuing my eyeliner passion in secret. I would always either sneak into her stash or buy cheapies for 99 cents and wear them out at friends houses and things. Eventually the pencil liners gave way to the liquid stuff and I’ve been rocking that ever since!
4. What other eye makeup is your favorite?
I love playing with false lashes and have many pairs, some super festive and funky, others just to add fullness and length. I also play with a lot of color on my lids. Typically, I’ll used a light gold on the inner corner and blend whatever color it is out into the fold. Greens! Blues! Purples! Fuschias! Bring ’em on!
I’m actually so good at applying liquid liner (brag much, right?), that I’m generally really awful at applying pencil liner. It was a skill I have pretty much lost. Until recently when Stila’s Smudge Stick Liner arrived in my Birchbox. It’s not quite a pencil, but more of a creamy, thin, crayon-like liner. For days when I want to have a softer look, I’ll “tightline” the top and bottom lids to give my eyes this casually smokey appeal.
5. Are there any current eye makeup trends you’re interested in?
I love the chunky lash look that I’ve been seeing pop up first on the runways and now on the streets. It’s a great look, both dramatic and doll-like. I have yet to try it, but I recently had the creative directors of NARS explain to me how to do it (the key: it involves a layer of powder). I think it’s great how something that mascara companies have been trying to eradicate for years (clumping) is now coming back as a major trend. Oh fashion, you are so funny like that!
6. Any other tips or tricks you’d like to share?
One of my favorite ways to modernize the cat-eye to do a two-tone liner with a pop of color! First, first draw the sweeping line at the base of the lashes in a bright color, I like turquoise. You’ll want to make this line a little thicker than normal. Then at the base of that line, right along the lash line, layer on the traditional black liner. It’s a totally fun way to freshen up a classic look!