I Repurposed My Nail Art Supplies to Get Tadashi Shoji's NYFW Foil Eyeliner Look

There’s a “silver lining” joke in here somewhere…
Publish date:
September 22, 2015
metallic, runway beauty, eyeliner, tutorial, NYFW, Tadashi Shoji

While most of my beauty inspiration comes from the usual suspects like Instagram or Tumblr, twice a year, the fashion overlords will give me a reason to pay attention to things like models and clothing and weird haircuts that would never work on me but nonetheless look stunning on a runway.

NYFW was a whirlwind of beige and glitter. I’m sure there were lots of other colors and textures, but by and large, so many beauty looks being served backstage consisted of a sheer shimmery nude palette with some rock and roll glitter thrown in for good measure. It is for the spring season, after all—the perfect time for nudity and glitter.

Magpie that I am, I was drawn to the shinier beauty looks—one in particular from Tadashi Shoji that simply used silver foil strips as eyeliner. On an otherwise bare complexion, the look was minimally glamorous in a futuristic way.

If there are two things I strive for in my beauty goals, it’s minimalism and the future. Even better, I already had everything I needed to recreate it.

A few months, ago I bought some nail-art foil striping tape to do cool nail art. It turns out I’m not so great at affixing very thin tape to my own nails, so I kind of just forgot about them. Good thing I didn’t chuck the tape in frustration like I do with all things that prove to me that I can’t be good at everything!

The silver foil is VERY THIN. These do come in varying widths, so shop wisely, consumer. I found mine on eBay, which came in a pack of 10 different metallic foil rolls. You can find them on Etsy, too, or at some craft stores.

At Tadashi Shoji, the lead makeup artist, Pep Gay for MAC, was using the regular Duo Lash Glue that came in a squeezable tube, but this one with the brush is LOADS easier to use, trust me.

You just paint a very teeny amount of the lash glue underneath your lower lash line (not actually touching your lashes, because that could get uncomfortable). The glue will appear clear with a hint of a violet cast. You seriously only need the smallest amount—don’t want there to be any glue squidging out the sides when you press the foil down. Let it get a bit tacky for the 30 seconds it’ll likely take you to fuss about with getting the very thin foil to cooperate.

What I did was unfurl a bit of the foil from the roll and affix that end to the glue, beginning from the inner corner of my eye and gradually unrolling and gently pressing down as I moved outwards with the foil. Don’t pull the foil taut or else you’ll feel like you’re trying to give yourself some sort of eye-lift. It’s a weird feeling. Just stick to the natural curvature of your lash line.

Once you reach the end of where you want your “liner” tail to be, take your mini scissors and snip at a horizontal angle to get that angular edge. It is literally that easy. Or difficult, depending on how patient and steady-handed you are.

The cool thing about this is that it’s subtle, but when you move your face and blink and stuff, the foil catches the light in a very cool way. This lash glue lasts all day and when you want to take it off; just gently (for the love of God, GENTLY) tug at one end of the strip and lift. Instant makeup removal. (Any eye makeup remover will get rid of any glue residue.)

I don’t think Tadashi Shoji had it in mind when he OK’ed this makeup look for his SS16 show, but this is actually a really good holiday look too, don’t you think?

  • What other things should I glue to my face in the name of beauty?
  • Have you ever hoarded beauty supplies only to be re-used in a totally unexpected way?
  • Why hasn’t adhesive eyeliner really taken off yet? Rather, who even makes them? I want them.