A brief history of rock ’n’ roll with ARDENCY INN PUNKER World’s Baddest Eyeliner.
ARDENCY INN’s new PUNKER World’s Baddest Eyeliner—a long-lasting carbon-black liquid liner pen exclusive to Sephora—was inspired by the coolest girls of all: punk rock stars. “ARDENCY INN was created out of our passion for makeup artistry and love for music,” says cofounder Gilles Kortzagadarian. “We are inspired by women in music, their creative talent and individual style, and the free spirit of the downtown New York music scene. Our mission is to put the power of makeup artistry in the hands of not only recording artists, but also every woman whether on or off stage.” In honor of the edgy, easy-to-apply liner, we present our favorite rock star–worthy liner looks from decades past with tips from ARDENCY INN’s director of artistry and education, James Vincent. RENEE TRILIVAS
’50S: FELINE FLICK
Fifties crooners stuck to ladylike cat eyeliner with precise, clean edges.
TIP: “This is the most wearable look,” says Vincent. “It’s also really easy if you know how to place it.” He recommends using the curve of your lower lash line as a guide for the winged-out edge and not extending it past the outer corner of your brow.
’60S: GRAPHIC MOD
Songstresses in the sixties etched tight curves along the lash line with an extra dose of black in the sockets for a sculpted effect.
TIP: To make this liner look less theatrical, Vincent advises “packing on the product in a way that feels dimensional and more modern.” Focus on a soft line at the lashes, add mascara to the roots, and build the intensity by layering on different formulas of liner for a multi-dimensional look.
’70S: BAD GIRL BLACKOUT
Seventies punk rockers rimmed their top and bottom lash lines with pure black kohl for a tough, smoldering gaze.
TIP: “Make sure you rim the top and bottom lash lines with a quick-dry liner like ours, so it doesn’t transfer onto your skin and smudge,” Vincent says. “It looks sexy and sensual—and it lasts all day.”
’80S: TRUE COLORS
Pop stars in the eighties added vivid candy-colored shades to their black-rimmed eyes for a playful pop of color.
TIP: Vincent recommends drawing a thin stripe of black liner on the lash line and adding colored liner directly above it to define the eye while making a statement.
’90S: SLEPT-IN GRUNGE
Nineties rockers haphazardly applied black liner on the waterline for a diffused, devil-may-care appearance.
TIP: “Liquid liner adds dimension—it’s actually very flattering.” For a last-night’s-makeup look, Vincent uses water-resistant liquid liner on the waterline, then diffuses the color with a smudging brush.
’00S: EXAGGERATED WING
Singers of the 2000s sketched bold masses of creamy, winged-out liner for an extreme lifted effect.
TIP: “Women usually approach something this bold with a bit of trepidation,” Vincent says. To create a “mistake-free” exaggerated look, Vincent recommends drawing on your desired shape with a stiff angled liner brush dipped in taupe shadow. “Trace the line in one swipe and just fill it in!”
TODAY: FUTURISTIC FLIP
Musicians today are experimenting with striking architectural lines to frame the eyes with subtle nods to the greats of the past.
TIP: “For more complicated and graphic looks, you can create your own template to make each eye look uniform,” Vincent says. Using paper or plastic, cut out the shape and size you want and use it as a stencil on each eye. “It speeds up the process and you’re less likely make a mistake.”
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