World's Worst Beauty Editor Almost Loses Eye Recreating Missoni's Spring '14 Look

Apparently it's called a "broken cat eye." But you really need to know about caruncles.
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October 4, 2013
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So I was filming a tutorial on how to create the "broken cat eye" look from Missoni's Spring '14 show when I had to seek medical attention because my eye started falling out. I wet my liner brush with gnarly germ-infested spit rather than get up a walk a few feet to the cooler for a glass of water.

I had already begun filming when I noticed my eye start to redden and sting at about the 1:00 mark, but rather than scrap the story entirely, I thought I'd save countless eyeballs with by sharing cautionary tale.

Luckily we were able to save my eyeball, but you might not fare so well. Always use really clean water, or better yet, use eyedrops for wetting your brushes. And try to wash them regularly.

This look is way simple, all it takes is a light under eye concealer (I used YSL's Touche Eclat), a natural wax-based black liner pencil (Like DeVita's absolute SoftLines Eyeliner), a thin angle liner brush, and some richly pigmented black powder shadow (I used the black shade in this Lorac Palette).

I used the concealer at and on my bottom lashes to set the stage for good contrast with the black liner. Then I lined my top lash line with the pencil--don't use something with too much slip or ones designed for "long wear" like Urban Decay's 24/7 liner. These have EXCELLENT staying ability and are super creamy upon first application, but dry quickly and will. not. budge., so not ideal for layering with a powder like I'm suggesting for this.

The pencil liner application doesn't have to be perfect, it's just acting as a glue for the powder overtop. Wet your liner brush and load it with the black eyeshadow. Paint the top lashes, bringing the line slightly past the outer corners of the eyes to exaggerate the size. Follow the natural shape of your eyes and skip the typical cat eye flick for a more modern look.

For the inner corners of the eyes, paint around your tear duct region to about 1/3 of the way along the bottom lashes. Use the teeny pointed tip of your angle brush to paint a sharp point angling out from the caruncle (look it up). Then take a cotton swab or a smudge brush to blend the end of the liner out along the bottom lash line about half way.

The rest of the face should be clean and simple, just add special lip balm and call it a day!