How To Apply The Kohl Eyes Beauty Trend – AW12
With eyes circled with pitch black pigments, Versus’ more-is-more approach to kohl perfectly complements fashion’s sultry aesthetic.
With pale lips and groomed brows the only other feature it’s crucial to nail is your eyeliner application. Try washing a charcoal shadow over lids, lining eyes with kohl and blending softly with a blending brush. Don’t fear being too heavy handed, mistakes can be quickly corrected with a cotton bud dipped in concealer.
Kajal Stick in Oriental Black by Lord & Berry
Its Kajal Stick comes in a lipstick-like cone – cleverly shaped for smooth, precise application - while the dose of argan oil and Vitamin E, soothe sore eyes, making this pencil gentle enough to define your water line.
Ralph Lauren AW12
Channelling an ethereal finish, softly flushed cheeks, pale lips and groomed brows all paved the way for charcoal cat eye kohl at Ralph Lauren. Bluntly angled and painted thicker towards the outer corner of lids, lashes were then left bare for a softer, ladylike feel.
3-Dot Liner by Clarins
Supremely versatile, with its multi-faceted finishes, Clarins’ new 3-Dot liner pen is a great day-to-night beauty buy.
Designed to boost your lash line by filling in the gap between each lash, try dotting the pen in the gaps between lashes on both your upper and lower lash line to add definition during the day, and then join up the dots and sketch the liner across lids come nightfall.
With the long-lasting formula you’d expect from a premium beauty brand like Clarins, it stays on skin for hours without fading or flaking.
Mascara by CK One
One of the best lash-boosting brushes we’ve spotted this season, the fine, separated bristles of the brand’s mascara wand make coating each lash from root to tip a breeze.
Switch to volume maximising mode with the twist of the lid; it sets the bristles at different angles to help more product land on lashes.
John Galliano AW12
At John Galliano, models’ brows were groomed to perfection to frame eyes, defined with peacock plumage pigments. The sea tone shadows were then broken up with sooty kohl and lashings of mascara to anchor the look and add an extra element.
Kohl Dust in Ash by Topshop
For smoky cat eye flicks, blow the excess pigments off the shadow bud before sketching a line across lids. Or for a bolder take on the trend, apply the sooty shade over the whole eyelid in place of eyeshadow and follow up with creamy kohl painted along your lash and water lines.
Gianfranco Ferré AW12
At Gianfranco Ferré, brows were bleached to maximise the impact of the sea toned eyeshadow which framed models’ eyes.
With eyeshadow winged towards temples, the look had a feline feel that was augmented by the sooty kohl that filled the models’ waterlines.
Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Aigle Noir by NARS
Sketched straight onto skin, the pigments wash eyelids with a charcoal mist – spot on for recreating the heavily winged look seen at Versace. Add a shot of kohl below lashes to give eyes extra definition.
Emporio Armani AW12
Trading in smoky eyes for Sixties style, monochrome make-up, the maestros behind the make-up at Emporio Armani gave the statement look extra definition with lashings of carbon-coloured kohl, sketched and softly blended around eyes.
ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black by Rimmel
Soft yet smudge proof. Creamy yet bold, with its stay-all-day, waterproof formula, the pigments refuse to be blinked away.
Try sketching the pencil across upper lids and finishing with a flick for easy cat eyes or blend with a cotton bud for a softer, smokier feel.
Natural Eye Liner in Black by Lily Lolo
Enriched with natural ingredients, namely Jojoba and Palm Kernels, the formula is soft, pliable and glides across lids without tugging or scratching skin. For a softer finish smudge harsh lines with the brand’s Eye Smudge Brush (£6.49).
If there’s one show that always maximises on make-up to make a statement, it’s Versace. With fiercely feline eyes the order of the day at the Italian fashion house; kohl was key in the make-up artists’ beauty bag.
Eyeshadow was blended under eyes with finger tips for a softly melted, worn-in feel and kohl traced close to the lash line for an extra shot of definition.
Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal by Bourjois
Launching at the beginning of October, Bourjois has revamped its traditional eye liner pencil as a conical-shaped kohl, cleverly crafted to wipe out the need for sharpening.
The handbag friendly eye liner counts natural waxes amongst its ingredients for a super smooth finish that packs a pigment punch.
A supreme shape for crafting cat eyes, sketch the cone-shaped liner across upper lids and wing outwards or fill in your waterline with the sooty pigments to make eyes pop.
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