Kate Lee provides instruction on how to achieve a rule-breaking beauty look.
Written By Christina Han
Photography By Naj Jamai
Makeup By Kate Lee
Hair By Cervando Maldonado
Nails By Stephanie Stone
Styled By Penny Lovell
The Calligraphy Eye
- MAKEUP BY KATE LEE
- KEVYN AUCOIN LASH CURLER
- LAURA MERCIER EYE BASICS
- CLE DE PEAU CONCEALER IN ALMOND
- LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK EYE COLOUR
- CHANEL INIMTABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA IN BLACK
- ANASTASIA BROW GEL
- LOWER LASH IN CHANEL STYLO WATERPROOF IN NOIR INTENSE
- CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY ESSENCE MIST
- CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SERUM
- CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA ULTRA-LIGHT SUNSCREEN MAKEUP SPF 15
- LAURA MERCIER PRIMER IN RADIANCE
- CHANEL CHEEKY BLUSH
- KEVYN AUCOIN CREAMY GLOW DUO IN CANDLELIGHT/SCULPTING
- EVE LOM KISS MIX
- NAILS BY STEPHANIE STONE
- MKBEAUTY CLUB FULL COVER TIPS IN OVAL/CLEAR
- ERIKONAIL HOLOGRAM GLITTER IN PASTEL PEARL WHITE
- PRESTO GLITTER N-8
- STYLING BY PENNY LOVELL
- Chanel RING AND EARRINGS
Facial symmetry has been the hallmark of beauty since the ancient Greek philosophers analyzed Helen of Troy’s perfectly proportioned features. The rule is that the more balanced the face is, the more attractive it’s deemed to be. But VIOLET GREY has never met a rule it didn’t delight in breaking, when the occasion calls for it.
For this month’s Beauty Test, British makeup artist Kate Lee suggests that the most powerful beauty statement is made with a singular swoop of eyeliner. “The thinness of the line offers an effect that has quite a bit of lightness to it,” explains Lee of her lone zigzag. “It’s an incredibly stylized look without having to wear too much makeup at all.” While Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Tuxedo, a creamy, long-lasting black, was used to create the decidedly mod-inspired eye, Lee encourages anyone who is willing to try the line to do so without pressure to create impossibly perfect squiggles. “The wonderful thing about makeup is that it comes off,” she ensures. “Just keep patient and have Q-tips and makeup remover at the ready.”
The key to creating a fluid line is to select a brush with a synthetic, not-too-stubby tip. A thin and slightly longer brush tip will allow for smoother mobility when creating rounded shapes, similar to that of a calligraphy brush.
ULTRA FINE EYELINER BRUSH #13
Start on the inner corner of the eye, where your lashes start to sprout, and draw a line to the outside edge. Instead of finishing the line in a traditional cat eye, swoop the edge out into a rounded shape. If you choose, continue the line along your socket, then circle back out from the inner socket and create a strike across your brow (just past the high point of your arch).
CAVIAR STICK EYE COLOUR
Finish the look by first curling both sets of lashes, then applying a coat of glossy mascara like Serge Lutens Cils Cellophane, which employs a fine-toothed comb to reach the root of every lash. To balance the artful liner look, slightly smudge liner along and under the lower lash line, then apply a strip of faux lashes. Falsies are not necessary for the top lash, since they may obstruct the view of your work of art.
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