For years, the pinnacle of eyelash perfection has been achieving a clump-free, natural look. But now, there’s a new mascara fad in town, with an end result that couldn’t be more different. Another beauty trend based on the glamour of the 1960s, modern messy lashes are reminiscent of the big-eyed, spidery finish made popular by fashion icons such as Twiggy and Diana Ross.
These disorganized lashes read rebellious and young, and create a gorgeous, dancing-the-night-away effect. The separated, clumpy look of messy lashes adds intensity to the eye, taking even the most dramatic finish to the next level with tons of bold texture. To create this trend for yourself, follow these steps for a smudged, seductive look.
Step 1: Start with a neutral shadow
To make your messy lashes really pop, begin with a neutral eyeshadow. Whether you stick to one shade or blend a few together to create a multi-dimensional look, stick with warm hues that provide a muted base for the main event.
Step 2: Add a first coat of mascara
Apply a coat of mascara to your top lashes as you normally would, holding the wand horizontally. Wiggle the brush back and forth, starting at the base of the lashes, to create a full, voluminous effect. Repeat this movement on the bottom lashes.
Step 3: More mascara (and then some more)
Turn your mascara wand vertically and move it side to side across both your top and bottom lashes. The key is to make it look like the mascara is intentionally smudged – that’s what gives messy lashes their alluring, c’est la vie effect. So, with that in mind, know that is it okay (and even encouraged) to get some mascara on the skin of the eyelids – some makeup artists even purposely accentuate these wayward lines by extending them across the lid with liquid eyeliner. Repeat this step until the desired unkempt effect is achieved.
Step 4: Finish with eyeliner
Finally, apply eyeliner to the upper and lower waterline, making sure to smudge with the mascara for an ultra-messy look. Voila! The best part about messy lashes? You literally can’t screw them up. In fact, when it comes to this particular trend, imperfection is now – finally – utterly perfect.