I want to perfect a look that resembles Edie Sedgwick’s classic eye makeup. Any tips on a easy, breezy, SIMPLE way of doing this without poking my eyes out, fading away, or breaking the bank? —J.
Oh, J.! I am right on this tip, having recently lawnmowered off my waist-length peroxide job into an ear-length about-face haircut. Edie Sedgwick, the model, muse to Andy Warhol, and actress, is one of my post-haircut aesthetic touchstones. Here she is, for those who haven’t heard of her:
My summer look is in key with yours, J. Every day calls for Edie-style pavement-heavy eye makeup. I am a lazybones, so I rip off Edie’s extravagant and complicated-seeming look in just five steps, which I will demonstrate to you here and now! I call this technique…The Bologna Sedgwick. LEZGO:
What you’ll need:
- The thinnest-tipped black liquid eye liner pen you can locate—I’m heavy into this Wet n Wild MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner ($3, Walgreens). A note here, no matter what you use: You know how some eye makeup colors are billed on the package as “BLACKEST BLACK,” or “VERY BLACK,” or “MIDNIGHT ABYSS ONYX HELLO JUST SO YOU KNOW: TOTAL ULTIMATE BLACK”? That always seemed like horse hockey to me—it’s like saying something is “the most unique” when unique literally means there’s only one, so you can’t intensify it—but it turns out you can go darker than just black, as makeup companies know. For the sake of the Bologna Sedgwick, you should know it, too: A most unique super-black liner serves this look well.
- A strip of fake eyelashes and glue. I’m using Kiss. I like the ones that come with strip-lash adhesive right in the very package. The more voluminous the better—here are some of my most beloved ($5, Kiss).
- Very very very blackest-black-as-if-the-sun-burned-out mascara. (Or just black mascara. Whatever you have!) I fuck with L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($9, Ulta).
How to do it:
Trace a thick line along the horizon of your upper lash line, as close to your actual lashes as possible. You want zero of your skin showing between your eye and the liner. At the inner corner, you can taper the line into a skinnier one than the rest of your artwork, which should otherwise stay pretty uniform, thickness-wise. Drawing short strokes and connecting them makes this easier than it would be if you just free-handed the whole thing.
Move the party to your lower lash line—not the waterline, aka the wet part on the inside of your eye, but the skin part, where your actual lashes sprout. Using the teeny point of your liner, blot the smallest dot possible in the space right after where your first eyelash is. Then keep extending your ellipsis all the way out…dot dot dot…until you’ve done three-quarters of the length of your eye. At the outer corner, draw tiny lines, like the eyelashes on a baby doll’s face, and extend them slightly in the direction of your cheekbone. This part of the Bologna Sedg makes it look like you are wearing mascara UNDER your mascara, and, to me, is way more effective for eye-dramatizing than putting on a full bottom rim of liner.
If this looks like a shockingly minimal amount of cateye action for a Factory showroom–worthy face: That’s because it is! We’re heaping on more in a second. But first!
LOAD ON the mascara. Seriously, go ahead and pile it. Three coats, minimum. Clump it if you want—the eye liner will mask that. Now, on to my greatest known love on this planet…
FAKE EYELASHES!!! YES! I wear some form of fake-o lash every day. Counterfeit eyelashes are Edie as all get-out, plus easy as all get-out, so don’t be intimidated by this step. Apply your fake lashes per this excellent YouTube tutorial. Let those jams dry, then load more mascara on top of them to blend them in with your own.
See how the lashes covered up your liner job? That’s all right, plus kind of the beauty of this look—you can have an imprecise hand and still wind up looking sick as hell. Now: Let’s throw some more of your liquid liner where the weird seam of the fake lash line meets your skin/lashes. Draw another line right over that seam. GO THICK. Make a little wing. (For the cateye-uninitiated: Here is my ultimate guide to that process.)
YOU. ARE. DONE. NOW. I bet this will look so good on you that it’ll inspire some pop artist of your own acquaintance, but rest assured, your own Bologna-Sedgwick artistry here = enough to make the world eat its heart out, whether someone makes screenprints of your visage or nah. —Amy Rose
[CONFIDENTIAL TO THE MAD GIRLS WHO WRITE IN ASKING ABOUT THE PIXIE CUTS THAT YOU BADLY DESIRE BUT ARE NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING: I didn’t even want this shortness in my life—my hair was too damaged to stay long! I don’t love this cut, which is shorter than I’ve ever had since I was born (and even then, I was pretty hairy), but I at least like it. It makes me do all new cool shit to my face, like Edie-fying, which I find edifying. (And fun, and strange.) So go forth! Cut all of thine hair off of thine head! You are going to look rad, and if you don’t agree that you do after the fact, the fact will grow back. In the meantime, let everyone else fawn over your hair even if you loathe it. (Seriously, if you want people to talk about your hair all day, just cut it all offa yourself.) Here and here are two O!YPT that include tiny-haircut ideas. And if, like me, you find yourself frustrated all like, Not having hair very much blows, follow @nothingbutpixies on Instagram. It is crammed with portraiture of gorgeous short-haired people who restore my total stokedness on having this fucked truncated curtain. I hope to see you on there soon. —Amy Rose]