Sunday, March 26, 2023

Trend to Try: Blurred Lines

While we’re still working our way through fashion’s Winter season (we’re almost into Spring), now’s as good a time as ever to try out some of its simplest trends, like the cool-girl, blurred bottom lash liner that was spied on some of the hottest catwalks out there.

Taking inspiration from grunge culture and its way with bringing back nostalgia, the look was seen at Autumn/Winter showcases for Missoni, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Topshop Unique, to name a few, and had us at SPICE rushing to to de-perfect our own liner immediately;

At Marc by Marc Jacobs, the look added some noise to Malaika Firth’s pretty face…

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…While at Missoni’s Fall show, the look was severe and heavy. See how Joan Smalls steals the show with her smudged look – super strong!

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Meanwhile, at Topshop Unique, the grunge vibe was slightly neater, more precisely drawn, and paired with centre-parted hair.

Does the simple yet striking look have you desperate to delve in with your own attempt? Well, see our simple steps plus the products to try below and then go get your grunge on in no time…

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Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” liner, £15

Prabal Gurung’s limited edition “Power” eyeliner for Mac, £17.50

Get the Look

1. Firstly, perfect your complexion by the usual means – that’s with your trusted concealer and foundation, but no blush please; the face needs to look matte to carry this trend as it’s all about the eyes.

2. If you’re going for bold brows, do coiffe as desired as this will frame the face too. Keep away from highlighting the brow bone though which will distract attention from the overall look.

3. Take your favourite black eyeliner – or grey if you’re going for something less severe – then line the inner eye. We at SPICE love this waterproof version, “All Nighter” by Urban Decay (£15, here) which stays put no matter how much your latest fashion splurge brings you to tears.

4. Next, using a non-waterproof kohl eyeliner in the same shade (like the amazing “Power” liner by Prabal Gurung for Mac, £17.50 here), draw a thick line directly below the bottom lashline, onto the lower lid, following the shape of the eye. Do work till the end of the outer eye only – no need to flick outward, either – and inward till you reach the tear duct.

5. Colour, with your liner, over this line, thickening it in the middle of your eye and towards the outer corner.

6. Next, pick your weapon: a clean eyeshadow brush or a fingertip and smudge the liner, working to soften the edges of the line you’ve drawn. Do not overwork the smudging which will create a panda-eyed effect, though you can always tidy the look up with a cotton bud and a tiny touch of oil.

7. Once you’ve reached the desired effect, apply mascara to both the top and bottom lashes, add a lip balm and blam! You’re good to go.

Show us your attempts on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BlurredLiner and tag us @SPICETVAFRICA. We can’t wait to see your pretty, on-trend face…

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