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Trending Now: Eye Liner Makes a Minimalist Statement for Resort

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / June 12, 2012

Pick up your pencils, class. If there was ever any doubt that the new statement liner would have a shelf life beyond fall’s runways, it’s quickly being dispelled with the recent resort collections.
“Two years ago nobody would use eye liner - like liquid liners and stuff - they were so scared of it. But in the last two or three years, they’ve exploded,” confirmed Jeanine Lobell backstage at Stella McCartney’s Resort 2013 presentation, held in an old East Village churchyard. There, the veteran makeup artist created a “very French” liner look using a black gel pencil from Sunday Riley along the lower lashes. 

“We’re taking a black pencil and doing a straight-ish line under the eye that ends in a point, but not extending - not ‘ballerina’ - but short, so it’s a little tougher-looking,” Jeanine explained, noting that Stella herself requested the black line specifically. Black mascara on the top lashes, neutral shadow on the lids and “glowing” skin courtesy of Good Genes Treatment over a base of facial oils rounded out the look.
Earlier the same day, Lisa Butler for Sunday Riley made her own statement with black liner backstage at Acne’s Resort 2013 show. “The designers had an idea to do something a bit more abstract with the makeup,” the artist explained, an idea that translated into a graphic shape that revealed itself when models closed their lids. “When you look at them straight on, it doesn’t look mad,” Lisa said, noting that the shape is best left imperfect: “it’s not too camp - it’s a bit home-done.” 

She achieved the effect using a blend of liquid liner and Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color shadow, applied wet. The trick to pulling off a bold look like this, according to Lisa? “A lot of it is about the skin,” she said, explaining how a touch of Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer under the eyes and a slick of French Nude lipstick helped tone down redness, a must when wearing bold liner.
Will you make a structured statement with eye liner this season?
(Photos courtesy of Sunday Riley)