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Dark Angle: Thick Black Winged Liner

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I'm reminded of Asian news reporter Terilyn Joe, who was with what is now CityTV back in the late '70s early '80s. She wore the thickest black liner I'd ever seen (back then), to make her eyes seem larger, I guess. I like this thick-liner look better. From designer Duy's Spring/Summer 2011 runway show at LG Fashion Week, its lifted wing gives model Steph (Ford Models) a mod-exotic look which reads well up close as well as under fashion-show lights.

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The soft ’do is a a nice counterbalance to the liner's defined edges, and note: brows are pale or, in brunette Steph's case, knocked back with foundation so the focus stays on the eyes.

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This is a good night-fun look for eyes with a small or near-invisible lid, I think. Here's how to get it:

1) Tap concealer over lids, dark circles, any redness around the base of the nose and over any other areas that need evening out. Dust skin with a mineral foundation powder to set concealer and further even out skin tone. Remember to powder your lids; it'll help anchor the liner. (If you have oily lids, you might want to use primer on your lids first. Try L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base.)

2) Set yourself up with a desktop mirror that allows you look down as you work. With a fine-tipped eye liner pen such as L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, trace an outline on your lids of how you'd like the liner to look. Note how the artist above followed the curve of Steph's crease. Don't worry about whether the line is perfect.

3) What you use to fill in depends on your level of skill or on the texture you prefer. You can use the same marker (no, not a Sharpie), or try a cream liner such as Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, or bust out your favourite creamy waterproof pencil and mine, Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 0L. Use smooth strokes, and even out any wobbly edging when your filled-in part butts up against the outline. Let the liner set before looking up.

Quick Carmindy tip: to correct wobbly lines, you can also trace along edges with a fine-tipped concealer brush dipped in a little liquid foundation. It'll work as a sort of liquid eraser to tidy up uneven bits.

4) Curl lashes, then run black pencil along the inner upper rim so you don't get that white fleshy line between liner and mascara. Apply loads of black mascara.

5) Dust cheeks with a soft rosy blush such as L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Baby Blossom or Innocent Flush.

6) Dab lips with a soft pink-nude lipstick such as L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in 862 Nude.

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And yeah, if I were skinny, I'd wear some of these pieces. For more from the Duy runway, visit ChickAdvisor's LG Fashion Week 2011 Flickr account.