As they say, “three times makes it a trend.” I’m not 100 percent who originally said that, but it’s one of the golden rules of the fashion world. And on just the third day of Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week, we’ve just seen it applied to our first official makeup trend of the season: rounded winged liner.
I thought Lady Gaga’s rounded wings for her Joanne World Tour and the glittery look at Tom Ford’s runway show earlier this week were a coincidence. However, the eye makeup created for Jason Wu’s show today just cemented rounded winged eyeliner as a veritable trend.
Earlier this week, I noted that rounded winged eyeliner is like the low-key version of cat eyes because it takes less skill and you don’t have to worry about getting it super precise and sharp. Well, the look got even more low maintenance at Jason Wu. It still has the same graphic vibe, but “it’s supposed to look smudged with a finger,” says Yadim, the head makeup artist for the show.
To create his take on the rounded liner trend, Yadim picked the Maybelline New York The City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle as his poison. There’s a matte deep military green shadow that is almost black. That’s right, this liner doesn’t even need a liner. Instead, Yadim used a rounded eye shadow brush and saturated it in pigment before stamping it onto the outer corner of the models’s lids. That’s all. It’s that simple. Yadim paired the look with strobbed skin and fake freckles dotted on with a brow pencil.
I thought Tom Ford’s take was about as easy as it got, but it’s surprisingly structured compared to Jason Wu’s rounded liner. There’s no drawing on shapes. You just need the right rounded brush or even a fingertip.
Additional reporting by Kat Suico.
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