Julia Fox may be bringing back thick, black, winged eyeliner—but Lil Nas X delivered a fresh new liner trick at the 2022 Grammys tonight. To match the hues of his beaded Balmain ensemble, the “Montero” rapper embraced a sky-blue eye look to match. But instead of applying a thick coating of liner around the eye, or a high dose of pigment across the lids, he opted for a more subtle approach, incorporating just a swipe of metallic blue liner in the inner corners.
The artist’s look tonight was done by makeup artist Grace Pae, who also did Nas’s makeup for the recent LACMA gala and MTV VMAs, among other moments. But with her latest moment of creativity, focusing on just a pop of color in the inner corners, she’s onto something.
Makeup pros like Tasha Reiko Brown have told Vogue recently that swiping a more neutral, flesh-toned liner in the inner corner creates the illusion of larger eyes—and a bright shade like Nas’s is clearly just as flattering. We’ve also seen the inner-corner makeup look appear on the runway, in the collections of fashion houses like Dior. Consider the low-effort, high-reward technique a go-to hack for your next party look.
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