Séverine Serizy, as portrayed by Catherine Deneuve in 1967’s entrancing Belle De Jour, inspired the above look from VIOLET GREY’s June cover shoot with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. To create a seductively heavy eye, makeup artist Kate Lee applied not one, but two full sets of false lashes to the model’s top lashline. Using an artful (and nimble) layering technique, Lee created ‘60s allure without a touch of eyeliner. Lee balanced the model’s provocative stare with necessary modern touches, including shimmery lids and a nude pout.
The Lush Lash Tutorial
By Kate Lee
To begin, curl the natural lashes with an eyelash curler. Since false lashes already have a bend to them, this ensures a more seamless meshing of your lashes (especially if your lashes are straight) with the false lashes. Apply a thin coat of black mascara only if the lashes are blonde and need further camouflaging.
Before the application process begins you will need to trim all the lashes to suit the exact length of the eyes. Hold a single strip of the “You Complete Me” set up to the lashline to determine how much needs to be removed to ensure a perfect fit. Trim accordingly then repeat with the other eye. Using the now-trimmed set as a guide, shorten the “Strike a Pose” set to match.
The layering order of the top lashes is of utmost importance. Begin with the longer set (“Strike a Pose”) and prepare the first strip by applying a thin line of Duo’s Eyelash Glue to the base of the lash. Allow the glue to air dry for a few seconds to get a slightly tacky texture.
Using Rubis’ Straight Tip Eyelash Tweezers, press the first strip onto the base of the natural lashline and hold in place until dry. Once secure, repeat step four with the corresponding “You Complete Me” lash. Press it into the base of the first lash to create a layered look. Repeat the entire process on the other eye.
“I was one of those irritating kids who always knew exactly what they wanted to do,” explains British makeup artist Kate Lee of her once-precocious nature. Pressure from guidance counselors to aspire to hair styling instead of makeup—an easier endeavor in her small village in Yorkshire, England—was diminished by her mother’s influence. “She was quite glamorous. She wore no less than three sets of false lashes per day,” Lee says. Now the Los Angeles-based artist faces wildly different challenges, such as preparing clients like Anne Hathaway, Diane Kruger, Rooney Mara—and long-time friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—for the red carpet and magazine covers, from Vogue to GQ.
My main concern is to maintain the INTEGRITY of the look, to balance the hair and makeup and bring an element of the client’s PERSONAL taste.