Wings for your eyes

Updated on Feb 21, 2011 12:57 AM IST

Smoky eyes are passé. Opt for the subtler but equally dramatic winged eyes for the much-in-demand retro look which were once a big hit with yesteryear Indian actors.

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Hindustan Times | ByAroma Sah, New Delhi

Smoky eyes are passé. Opt for the subtler but equally dramatic winged eyes for the much-in-demand retro look which were once a big hit with yesteryear Indian actors.

The extended eyeliner has in fact got a thumbs-up from international designers as well. Designers Jason Wu and Charlotte Ronson, at the ongoing New York Fashion Week (February 10 - 17), created an elongated shape in smoky black and peachy pink respectively, and then blended it upwards towards the temples to create an illusion of larger eyes. Back home, beauty expert, Ambika Pillai says, “Indian designers keep an eye on international trends, and if this is what the international runway has then our designers will ask for it and you’ll see it during our upcoming fashion weeks.”

Indian retro goes glam
“In the yester era when winged eyes were in vogue, actors such as Mumtaz and Madhubala used just the black eyeliner which was elongated upwards and outwards towards the temples. Now when it makes a comeback, it will be with a modern touch,” says makeup expert Vidya Tikari. She adds that from the basic black eyeliner, there would be shimmer eye shadow, metallic eyeliner, fake eyelashes and lots of mascara that will complete the look.

Pillai says, “This is a look which is already popular with Indian traditional wear. We have a passion for big eyes and it suits the Indian face-cut.”

Drama queen look
While the extended eyeliner look in black, metallic or a vibrant hue can be worn during the day, for an evening function, gently smear the harsh lines and then re-apply the eyeliner outside the eyes near the temples. To this daub a touch of gold or silver shadow on the lid and inner corner; follow with mascara.

“Extended liners can be in single, double or multi-colour shades like green, blue, mauve and brown on any other dark colour, which is in contrast with your eye colour or your dress colour,” says makeup expert Aashmeen Munjal.

“Bronze, pink and kohl will look good for the shadow and for the liner for extended eyeliner but don’t overdo the colours. The simpler and subtler the colour, the more dramatic it is,” says Tikari.

For those perfect eye liners

1. The extended eye liners are drawn at 65 or 72 degree altitude upward and/or outward extension depending upon the curvature and shape of one’s eyes.

2. For a smoky look the eyeliner is smudged a little after application and then re-applied in a dramatic manner. Whereas for a mean gothic eye makeup, a dark kohl eyeliner colour can be applied in an outward or upward extended manner.

3. If you want to go glam, use an eye shadow brush to sweep a light shade with a touch of shimmer from your lash lines upwards to your brow bones. Go for a beige or taupe shade for a subtle impact. With a tapered contour brush, sweep a medium shadow along your creases. This darkening of the crease will cause the lighter lid to pop, making your eyes look wider.

4. Finishing the look by curling lashes and applying mascara will add the required drama to your appearance.

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