The look is retro ’60′s glamour featuring Beyonce with an elegant upsweep for Vogue’s power issue and Kerry Washington’s edgy bombshell vibe for Ebony. I’m loving the big hair, teased and smoothed out for a soft, yet regal hive ‘do (perfect for Queen B). Kerry’s long, flowing mane with the volume at the crown reminds me of g0-g0 boots, girl groups, and the leading ladies of the ’60′s (and 70′s) that talked tough, and got the bad guys all in one. I love that image!
What I really like about both of these photos is the makeup—specifically, the eyeliner. To get the winged eyeliner look you need to decide if you want the soft, understated elegance version like Beyonce’s above, or the dramatic version shown below on Kerry.
For a soft, winged effect:
- After applying your eyeshadow, apply a black, creamy eyeliner, along the upper lash line and wing out at 45 degree angle toward the crease of of your eye lid.
- Extending the line upward makes your eyes appear wider and gives your eyes a lift.
The key with eyeliner is precision, but especially for this look. You don’t want it to look like dark shadow, or a smokey eye.
To get Kerry’s look with dramatic eyeliner below.
- Apply a thick black line, winging upward toward the crease of your lid at a sharp angle (about 80 degrees). That’s almost perpendicular but not quite.
- Make sure to apply a lengthening and mascara or a lash strip to your upper lash line to make sure your lashes stand out.
Tip: When applying eyeliner, don’t drag the pencil, the line will not appear jagged instead of straight. Take short light strokes for a smooth even line.
Remember, no matter how beautiful your eye makeup, always make sure your brows are done (arched and filled in)!
For more ways to perfect your eye makeup, check out Taylor Chang-Babaian’s book, Style Eyes. This book has the how-to for every eye makeup look imaginable.