Here's how Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Makeup Artist Gilbert Soliz creates a retro feline eye...
If you’re anywhere near as avid a make-up devotee as me, you’ll probably have clocked up the hours on youtube watching a whole lot of tutorials on how to get the perfect cat’s flick (and, let’s face it, probably had a fair few wonky lines and smudged corners in your time). You’ll also have seen all the best tricks to getting the perfect angle from sticking sellotape to ensure a perfectly straight line to following the curve of your lower lash line.
Great though those tips are, they often miss the crucial thing in making a flick of black look great: the add ons. Enhancing the hollow of the eye crease (so important – you’ll see why), applying a base shadow (no slip!) and – if you’re feeling daring – running a little white crayon in the lower waterline for that retro nod all make the liner look very accomplished indeed.
Step in Gilbert Soliz, Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty and king of modernising a flick. Picking up from part one, watch the video to see him master these steps:
1) Apply a matte base shade all over the eye. Gilbert is using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 in The Lover, £45.
2) Next, load up a crease brush with a neutral matte shade and blend it into the crease between your eyelashes and eyebrows. Remember: let the brush do the work of blending – all you have to do is sweep back and forth in the crease.
3) To add a little more dimension, take a slightly darker matte shade and brush it into the outer corner of the crease.
4) Define the upper lash line and create your flick with a black eyeliner. Gilbert is using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny Blacquer Gel Eye Crayon, £18. Make sure you’re pushing the colour right into your lashes so there’s no gap between them and the line.
5) If you like a 60s feel to your look, take a white eyeliner and run it along your lower waterline. Gilbert’s using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny (Big) Eyes Gel Eye Crayon, £18.
6) Finally: mascara. Lots of it. To enhance the flick, only coat your upper lashes and really massage the wand right into the roots to make lashes look dense. Gilbert’s using Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, £20.