Get the Look: Assertive

Searching for a retro look for your next night out? Here’s how to create a modern version of the classic cat-eye using liquid eyeliner.

Sleek liquid liner is a strong, assertive and unapologetic look. On this year’s red carpets, the edgy cat-eye is having a moment, with multiple A-listers looking beyond basic with sweeps of black.

To offer a modern take on the classic winged liner, Jodi Urichuk, L’Oréal Paris Canadian Makeup Artist & Expert, created a look that pays homage to Old Hollywood with a fresh dose of intensity and assertiveness. With this look, Urichuk proves that a strong, elongated winged liner isn’t as daunting as it seems when you pair it with fresh skin and a matte-pink pout. It’s one of the few makeup looks that can transition seamlessly from a regular day at the office to a glamorous event.

When it comes to winged liner shapes and application, there are countless ways (and tricks) to customize your flick, but having a smudge-proof, super-smooth, highly pigmented liquid liner that won’t dare bleed can certainly help. Enter L’Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eye Liquid Eyeliner. This liner pen has a brush tip and a stencil that’s built into the cap. The guide is shaped like a triangle with a single-size cut-out for a wing; you can use the other flat sides to create a straight line.

If you think this could be your new signature beauty look—or maybe just something to try for a night out, you’re in luck. Here are the steps—and products—that Urichuk used to create this strong, sexy and assertive makeup look.

  1. Start off by applying a lightweight foundation like L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation all over your face so it’s perfectly prepped for the rest of your makeup. If you want a tad more coverage, blend L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer under your eyes to cover any darkness.
  1. Dust lids with a wash of nude eyeshadow with little to no sheen using a blending eyeshadow brush. L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Matte It Up is the perfect colour, texture and finish.
  1. Using L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eye Liquid Eyeliner, draw on a thick band of black liquid liner along the lash line, extending it slightly up and out toward the crease. If you’re struggling, use the stencil or start lining the mid-lash line and working your way out in a series of short dashes, building the line as you go.
  1. Apply a few coats of the iconic L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Black.
  1. Just like you use hairspray to set your hair, eyebrow gel is used to secure your brows in place. Keep brows simple but groomed with a few coats of L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set in Clear.
  1. Blush creates an optical illusion, drawing the eye wherever you dust it on. For this look, sweep L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Peach Blush in Charming along your cheekbones and extend the colour out to your temples.
  1. Finish with a lightweight coating of L’Oréal Paris L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Parisian Sunset Lipstick in I Savor. The pigmented pink hue dries down to a luxurious matte finish and lasts for hours.
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