Stacey Nishimoto does really beautiful makeup, (like, seriously) and our weekends could use a little more inspiration on the visual front. The simple solution: Have Stacey cook up some looks for us on the weekend for to get our collective gears going. We'll let her take it from here:
The Twiggy eye feels so relevant right now as it's a strong yet doe-eyed look. Looking at old pictures, Twiggy always seems to be about to break into tears. It is a “come hither but but don't touch me' look. Perfect.
The modern way to wear this eye is to take away the heavy application on the lid. Instead of heavy liner, pastel shadows, and fake lashes, we start with a universally flattering color like a silky taupe in the crease to create a sexy, bare look. To punctuate this softness, paint on your bottom lashes. Yep, that's right. It's fun, very easy, and it's actually a believable look that is very flattering and totally cool.
Start with an illuminating taupe eyeshadow. I'm using the the beautiful taupes from The Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochrome. Swirl your brush over the shades that best fit according to your skin tone and look straight into the mirror. Then nestle your brush directly into your crease socket and swish it back and forth like a windshield wiper from the inner corner to the outer edge until the color melts onto the skin and looks seamless. This is a quick and easy way to apply eyeshadow that always deposits the perfect amount of product on the lid. I like to call it a controlled wash of color. Be liberal with your windshield wiper strokes, and add more pigment as needed or to your desire.
You honestly don't need a Picasso hand to paint on lashes, as I can't draw worth beans. This look is not about perfection. We're creating an illusion of a full bottom lash line. For this particular technique, I prefer liquid eyeliner for its precision and staying power. I use Givenchy's Parad'Eyes Fluid Eye Liner in Dream in Black because it has the perfect little brush that makes you feel like Shakespeare writing a sonnet on your face in beautiful cursive. Plus, the formula is nice and inky, making it so easy to glide along the skin in a quick stroke. Start with the outer lash—this will be the longest one. Take the liner and gently press it into the root of your actual lash then drag it out. You can be more dramatic by elongating these “lashes' farther out, or you can keep it minimal and natural looking. Continue to draw on lashes, while spacing them evenly. Then I like to take a stiff angled brush and drag down the very tip of lash, this softens the edge so they won't look like little hard stubs.
Finish the look off with mascara. I use CoverGirl's LashBlast Volume Mascara in Black. I love how the brush is a spiky comb that grabs every single lash. Apply two coats on top and take the tip of the mascara wand vertically to your lashes and brush them back and forth and side to side. This creates a matted look. Without adding any more mascara, brush the bottom lashes downward et voila! You have an extremely pretty look that is both minimal and bad ass. Throw on your moto jacket, and you're out the door.
Twiggy image via Getty. Photos courtesy of the author. Photos courtesy of the author. The Selfie is a weekend makeup look, courtesy of Stacey Nishimoto and her iPhone. For more of Stacey's tutorials, click here.