4 New and Super-Creative Ways to Wear Your Eyeliner

Introducing the tear duct dip and more fun looks for fall 2011 from Milan.

Now that the Oscars are dunzo, let's return to our regularly scheduled programming—because while we were gone, um, Milan Fashion Week happened. Sure, we got a little taste of it with the mascara-less ladies of Prada, and the burgundy lips 'n lids at Gucci and Fendi respectively... but oh mah gawd. If you are an eyeliner girl (and I AM, although I'd forgive you if you thought I was just about the lipstick), you will enjoy these latest shows very, very much.

There are many reasons to love eyeliner, and if you, too, are lacking in the Eyelid Crease Department—not to be confused with the Ministry of Short, Stubby Eyelashes—you know how essential it is to defining your eyes. (Because eyeshadow disappears into thin air when we try to wear it, kind of like how Snooki's endorsement opportunities will go, once Jersey Shore wraps up. At least I hope.)

But enough about me and MY eye-shape problems. No matter what type of eyes you were born with, eyeliner is also excellent for "grounding" eyeshadow (particularly when it's a bright colour, as Gucci Westman so cleverly demonstrates), making eyes look bigger and lashes look insanely thicker, and, of course, pulling off that seksi come-hither thing that every girl needs in her bag of beauty tricks.

And speaking of beauty tricks, you can always use a few more, right? Here are four—four!—cool eyelining techniques I spotted in Milan, starting with the awesome, awesome tear duct dip.

The Tear Duct Dip at DSquared²

Okay, before we examine the pics, remember this look? Richard Chai, S/S '11, demonstrated by Gucci Westman in this vid.

See how the eyeliner along the bottom kind of dips down at the inner corners? I have no idea if it has an official name or what, but I'm gonna call it the "tear duct dip."

And here it is at DSquared²:

Just with slightly more eyeshadow, which you may want to skip. The makeup artist behind the look was Val Garland (whose excellent "makeup tips you can actually use" you might recall from when she was working for YSL).

For this look, she used M.A.C, and it's actually a combination of shadow plus liner that was applied to the upper and lower lash lines. (M.A.C Mineralize Eyeshadow in Smoked Ruby , available this fall, and M.A.C Pro Creme Liner in Black to intensify it.)

Now, I know we've been talking a lot about darkening the waterlines, and that's usually my go-to, but you might want to try the technique here, which was to brighten them with a white liner (M.A.C Eye Kohl in Fascinating).

Besides mascara, the finishing touch for the tear duct thingie is a bit of highlight at the inner corners—this was M.A.C Superslick Liquid Liner in Pure Show.

Graphic but Girly at D&G

So maybe you're not wearing ENOUGH eyeliner. That was my thought when I saw the gorgeous D&G pics. It's a reprise of the whole '60s thing, which to me, nevah gets old!

This is by Pat McGrath (sadly we can't buy the Dolce & Gabbana makeup she used here in Canada). To start, she used a black liner to draw a thick—like, a REALLY thick line—line with a '60s-style flick at the outer corners.

And just like the DSquared² show, there was some inner eyelid-lining with a white pencil. (You can see the flick better in this shot too.)

I'm also loving those nails! The models all got different colours, including bright yellow, orangey red and this metallic purple.

'60s Rock 'n Roll at Gianfranco Ferré

The thing that's different about THIS eyeliner (as, say, compared to D&G's) is that "there's no hook to the line," says Chanel makeup artist Peter Philips.

You can see it here:

Interestingly, Philips went all old school with this, and used a powder eyeliner (Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Noir-Lame) with a wet eyeliner brush to apply it.

The other thing that makes this cool is the chunky (but not clumpy) lashes. They got three coats of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (combed through in between each), and I think that step is really important to give the eye a rounder, more wide-eyed effect.

Double Lines at Giorgio Armani

I love this one, because it's super creative but in a totally wearable way. AND it builds on an old tip of mine for liquid liner, which is to never connect your upper and lower liners (it closes off the eyes).

The look is by Linda Cantello, who used a black cream liner to first rim the inner lids, and then drew another line all the way across the top lash line, extending about a quarter-inch out past the outer corner. Then, she drew a second line underneath the bottom lashes, starting in the middle of the lash line and extending it outward, making sure the two lines were parallel.

Pretty, right? I'd totally do this.

That's probably enough liner tawk for one day, but don't forget about the Chanel technique we saw from the S/S '11 couture show, if you want one more!

Now tell me:

Are you a lovah of the liner?

Which one of these looks is your fave?

What about chunky eyelashes—how do you feel about those?

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