beauty bits | classic black (liner) is back

black liner is so classic it can hardly be called a trend, but it does seem that the width of the lines on our lids tend to ebb and flow with the seasons. . .  today, we are in luck!  black is back, baby, and in a big way.  this season’s runways were replete with models rocking a heavy lid.  and this month’s T magazine, which keeps it finger on the pulse, heralds the dawn of the day of the heavy black liner (read the story, battle ready, by emily cooke, here).

as the times points out, just how you rock your liner is personally revealing.    from grunge-y heroin chick to vampy sex kitten, from warrior to major beauty-ista, your liner tips your hand.

so, the prob with this sitch is that the liner pen is unforgiving and it can be hard to glide the lid with a steady hand.  there are a million beauty bloggers on youtube that can hook you up with a how-to on the black liner, but when i am in a jam, i really need a professional. and, i think you know the one everyone in both the fashion and the hollywood set turns to for the best heavy lid . . . my girl, charlotte tilbury.  catch her how-to on the “feline flick” here and the rock chick/smokey bedroom eye here.

and, if there are two things we love here @stylebriefs, it’s YOU and charlotte tilbury.  subscribe to our blog via email, below, and you’ll be entered to win a Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen by charlotte tilbury!!  yay! already follow us and want a chance to win?  email us at and tell us who you referred.  we’ll enter you in the drawing for every friend that subscribes!  yay!   

or, don’t leave things to chance. . . buy charlotte’s feline flick here. i also like bobbi brown’s long wear gel liner because it really does stay put (get it here).  either way, i highly recommend a smudger brush like this one.  use it to smudge some dark shadow over the top of the liner to soften the edge.  trust me!  it takes the pressure to be precise out of the equation.

below, i hooked you up with a super sweet scroll of some black-eyeliner icons and a couple of runway pics to help you feel the warrior vibe.

and, as always, head over to our favorite bloggers for their beauty bits posts today.  buffy has the detes on an awesome eye cream at  heather, now in her second trimester, has discovered a fabulous skin care line that caters to expectant mothers on  and amy lemley bailey hooks you up with some killer beauty inspo at


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icon photos courtesy of pinterest. runway photos courtesy of


audrey hepburn


bridgett bardotkate-moss-black-eyeliner-stylebriefs

kate moss


angelina joile


georgia may jagger


cara delivigne for saint laurent, runway spring 2015


tom ford runway, spring 2015


georgia may jagger for marchesa, runway spring 2015


calvin klein collection, runway fall 2015


  1. says

    i feel naked without black eyeliner! I converted to liquid liner a few years ago and anytime I try a pencil I always wish I was back to a liquid. thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I’d love to try something different!


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