The season’s biggest makeup is undoubtedly the graphic eye and the effervescent Deepika Padukone took it up a notch at Cannes 2019 with a bolder, more interesting take. Created by makeup maven Sandhya Shekar, who is Padukone’s most devoted squad member alongside hair hero, Gabriel Georgiou, this is by far one of the best statement looks the style star has sported in a long time. While spring is a time for a nude – almost there makeup, this look comes as a surprise because of its simplicity – one swipe and the rest of the face stays dewy. The runways are teeming with eyeliner gone bold with long wings extending across the eyes and the outer corners of the eyes and Shekhar makes it the hero without drowning it in oodles of contouring – it’s pink blush that looks cheery alongside a shiny glowy happy highlight that gets Deepika her signature look for the season.
Priyanka Chopra on the other hand keeps it easy going using Marc Jacobs’s Highliner to Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blaquer to come up with a version of a slick, sculptural wing. Her makeup artist Morgane Martini recreated the usual winged shape by adding a razor-sharp flick that comes with a side of negative space. Padukone’s look though mirrored a more upbeat, clean-lined look – one that needed a larger-than-life silhouette to pull off and she achieved that with her ball gown by Peter Dundas. Clearly, the eyes are the focus this season.
We turn time back to weigh in on the trend as we recall the ramps if Dior clearly sporting this liner for Spring 2019. The freeform eye designs created by makeup artist Peter Philips were sophisticated and slightly off-beat. He even warmed the tip of a kohl liner pencil with a few seconds with a lighter so he could smudge the pigment into the water lines from the inner to outer corners – that was a great way to enhance the look, give it that sharp effect but also give it a lived-in feel.
The catwalks of Marni with Pat McGrath hinted at a blank-space winged look that was very popular, while Rochas had just the tip recreate a beautiful winged look.
While Christian Dior models went ahead with magic marker-like streaks from around the side of their eyes out to their foreheads, Maison Margiela showcased dripping graphic teardrops on one eye. We specially loved Dries Van Noten who went graphic again with a bold swipe. Padukone though keeps it straight-up-no-fuss this time with that big swipe again, a transformation from her stark eye look in bright pink Ashi Studio ruffle dress in 2018. We picked out six sharp as a knife, eyeliner pens that will now herald a new beginning in your makeup look this season, inspired by Padukone and Chopra’s big bold move.