Makeup artist Mai Quynh helped Camilla Belle get ready the other night, adding a strike of fluorescent-green liner (which was Medusa’s Makeup Eyeliner Paint in Limelight to be exact) to match the actress’s fluorescent-green dress. The reason it didn’t look totally wacko? A touch of black. “I’d say the biggest tip is to definitely include the black liner at the lash line, as well as keeping the rest of your makeup soft and neutral,” she says. Quynh took it one step further and actually outlined the entire green shape with black, which contained the color in a way and kept it from overtaking the eye area.
The process for Graham’s green wings was very different. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo laid down real pieces of snakeskin along the eyes for a three-dimensional effect. “I wanted the makeup to be simplistic but have texture and be interesting,” he says. He settled on an emerald-green snakeskin. To make the perfect shape, he measured the eye and created a stencil, which was easy for him because he’s a pro and applies eye makeup all day, every day (at home, it might be easier to use one of the many premade stencils on the market). To attach the fabric to your skin, Oquendo recommends applying lash glue along the lash line (keep it slightly above, not right in the roots), wait a few seconds until it gets tacky, and then carefully place the fabric on the lid using a pairof tweezers. Make sure the flick of the wing is glued down, but don’t freak out if the fabric doesn’t lie totally flat and the top edge lifts up a little. If it’s stuck down fully, it won’t feel that comfortable. As with any unusual eye-makeup processes, proceed with caution. “Be very careful when applying anything around your eye. It’s like a sharp eyeliner—you don’t want to jab it into your eye. And if you’re not sure about adhesive, do a patch test on your arm first,” says Oquendo.
And there you have it folks, not just one, but two ways to fabulously (and safely) pull off green liner in real life—not just on the pages of a magazine.
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