Val Garland on the Graphic Eye at Herve Leger: “This Isn’t Your Mom’s Cat Eye”

Augusta Falletta

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Whether it’s a cat eye or floating liner, a graphic eye is one of our favorite looks, and when we saw the makeup backstage at Herve Leger, we basically fell in love all over again. Legendary makeup artist Val Garland for Temptu created the simple, yet statement-making look, and explained how she came up with the “double flick.”

“It kind of lent itself to something, because the clothes are quite superwoman, warrior, strapping, and we just felt like we needed a strength,” Val told us. “When I think strength, I think eye. I think the graphic liner is quite good because it’s not smokey eye, which could make it look a bit slutty, sleezey. We wanted to find something more athletic than cheesey.”

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As far as making the graphic liner stay in place, Val says, “to make it stay more, I’d powder over it with a black powder, but you don’t really need to. If you’re using a waterproof eyeliner or a good strong black, it’ll stay.┬áThis is something girls will want to wear at home, because it’s just a bit of a modern take on the feline flick. If your mom’s doing a feline flick, you don’t want to do one. You want to do something just a bit more: BOOM.”

To get the look, Val used liquid black eyeliner and kept the rest of the face clean with Temptu Airpod Foundation and Highlighter. Creating a double flick, she lined the top lash and extended out the liner, then drew a second line just a bit above the first so that there is a double, but disconnected graphic eye. When the eye is open, all you’ll see is the small space between the two lines and the elongated flick. To keep the focus on the liner, Val skipped mascara.

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Photo by Augusta Falletta

As for hair, Bumble and bumble lead hairstylist Laurent Philippon created a high, sleek ponytail on the models, adding in blue or orange extensions from the bottom of the hairline underneath the ponytail and through the length of the hair. We’re excited to see that colored hair clearly isn’t going anywhere.