graphic eye


Last week I shot a beauty portrait story with 5 girls and one of the looks was a navy graphic eye with the lovely model Candice from the UK. Candice has such a beautiful flawless complexion with green eyes that really pop’s with the blue. Its such a simple look but looks so beautiful paired with a fresh face and a nude lip.

aff58_adh_02In one of my recent shoots with my fav girl Raya Rossi from A Fashion Friend and Fashion Blogger we collaborated and created this super cool shoot. Its all about the lines and the graphic eye which I love. There are so many ways to create a graphic eye and its always so on trend.

If you are bold with your makeup then you may love this or if you are a makeup artist you can appreciate the look and get a little inspired. Have you tried to create a cool graphic eye?

aff58_adh_05When I create a graphic eye I always use my trusty Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack its by far my favourite gel liner and never let’s me down and I always apply with either my Mac 263 angle brush or my Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush.

Remember if you make a mistake all you need is a cosmetic q tip and some moisturiser to make your lines more precise.

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How do you create your graphic eye?

Shahnaz x



Love love love these liquid liners that are launching this month in SA retailing at R305. Among the shades I got my hands my favourite is the Colbalt Blue shade called Sapphire although I really love the Turquoise and the Jade too.

The trends we have seen for the Spring/Summer trends are bold graphic eyes and pops of colour and lancome has introduced these liners making them right on trend and they are also a great alternative to the traditional black. The liners are a perfect way to freshen up your make up look with a dewy skin finish and a nude lip.

image005-2The 24 Hour liner doesn’t streak and is pretty easy to apply, but make sure you prep your lid first either with foundation or a primer to get an even and smooth application. The liner has a wet vinyl finish that lasts, won’t smudge and  is waterproof. I like that the liner dries immediately after you apply unlike some liners that smudge on the crease of the eye when you open your eyes.

Here is a pic of the Sapphire shade that I am wearing in the photo’s it has a precision tip foam applicator:

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Lancome artliner

Lancome artliner 1Definitely a beautiful product with intense colour and will be added to my pro kit for sure.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Shahnaz x

Recently I did a shoot up the West Coast and I got to do a modern graphic eye and instead of using black I went with a purple/blue gel liner for the lids which makes it much cooler. To create the eye you need a long wearing gel liner and an angle brush to create your shape. So here is how I created the look and the products I used:

  • For the face I prepped the skin with Nars Luminous Moisture Cream to make sure the skin was glowing even before I applied any make up.
  • I buffed in Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I love using this foundation as it gives great coverage and lasts much longer on the skin. It was a hot day so I wanted the make up to last.
  • On the eyes I used Mac Fluidline in Waveline and with the Mac 263 small angle brush I traced the product from the inner corner of the eye along the crease line then I pulled out and upwards, then from the corner of the outer part of the eye I joined the lines creating a triangle shape. Then I took a flat brush and filled in by patting the product on to the eye. Remember if you make a mistake take a cotton bud and some moisturiser and clean up along the lines to make it neat.
  • For the brows I used the Mac Brow Pencil in Lingering and then for the lashes I used the Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes.
  • I contoured under the cheek bone, along the jaw line and along the top of the forehead with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate a cheaper alternative is to use a cream foundation 2 shades darker. I highlighted on top of the cheek bones abd along the bridge of the nose and on the cupids bow using Topshop Highlighter Gleam.
  • On the cheeks I lightly dusted Mac Blush in Melba.
  • Lastly for the lips I kep it nude using Mac Lustre Lipstick in Archetype. Remember to hydrate your lips first before applying your lipstick I am a big fan of Carmex.

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I hope you enjoyed my post. x

The brief for this look was a graphic eye, bold brow and black nails. Here is how I created the look:

When creating such a strong eye look make sure you keep the rest of the face clean so that you are focusing on one area of the face.

Face: I wanted to keep the face dewy and fresh so I moisturised using Estee Lauder Day Wear Cream and then blended in Benefit Oxyen Wow Oh So Flawless Foundation.

Eyes: I used Mac Blacktrack gel liner to create the eye look. I traced the shape with an angled brush from the tear duct along the crease of the eye and then pulled out to create a winged effect. Once I had my shape I filled in the eye with gel liner. The gel sets fast and lasts for hours without creasing. I applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara to the top lashes. For the brows I filled them in with a black shadow as we were going for a really bold brow. Alternatively use a shade 2 X darker than your brows as black is very bold.

Contour and Highlight: I used Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate to highlight and contour and then added Mac loose powder in Silver dusk over the cream highlight. For the cheeks I lightly dusted Mac blush in Peaches.

Lips: I kept the lips nude firstly I applied lip balm and then I applied Mac Satin lipstick in Siss.

Nails: I applied Nails Inc Leather Effect.

Hope you enjoyed the post.