Get 'Firefly' Favorite Kaylee Frye's Double Eyeliner That's Pretty Enough For Any Dance Party In The Universe
While waiting for the new season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, I've put myself on a massive Whedon re-watch. I made it all the way to season 7 of Buffy before petering out and switching over to Firefly. In case you're unfamiliar with the show, it's a fantastic, albeit short-lived (it was tragically cancelled after just one season), sci fi series that follows around a group of rebels around the universe after a civil as they get into all sorts of serious trouble with the government and other nefarious characters. It's all streaming on Netflix, so seriously: Go watch it now.
I was extra excited when I got to the "Shindig" episode, because you know what that means: pretty dresses galore! And the infamous Captain Tightpants! But I noticed something this third (or is it fourth?) time around on the episode — Kaylee's makeup.
It's sweet as you'd expect — after all, it has to match her pink layer cake dress (which is almost frighteningly similar to Lena Dunham's Emmy dress from Monday, by the way). That said, it has a touch of a futuristic, editorial edge: it's actually got a little of the recent Gucci runway beauty look about it. Plus, it's the perfect look to give Mal the side-eye in:
Anyway, as soon as I saw the double-winged eyeliner, I knew I had to give it a try. So here it is!
Let's get started
- Foundation: Go for something dewy, since Kaylee's so youthful and glowy. I used my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation — it's got a great finish to it.
- Eyeshadow Primer: Don't forget it! I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pure Nude, which is cheap, long-wearing, and subtly shimmery. Check, check, and check!
- Eyebrows: For Lena Dunham's Warholian Emmy look, we went bold and arched. Today, keep it natural — Kaylee actually has pretty delicate eyebrows.
I just did a tiny bit of contouring, since Kaylee's eyelid crease is much more defined than mine. Still, though, I kept it more on the natural/neutral side, because you don't want to steal the show from the eyeliner.
Start with a standard cat eye, using the liner of your choice. I like to use gel liner (Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner), but a lot of my friends prefer to make their cat eyes using liquid liner — I suppose it comes down to personal preference.
Now, here's the tough part: I'm kind of a makeup newbie, so that undereye flick was hard as all hell for me to draw. I tried everything: liquid liner (not happening with my ultra-watery summer-allergy eyes), pencil liner (too thick and smudgy), and finally the good old Bobbi Brown gel liner that I used on my top lid.
I'm not gonna lie, it was an arduous process that involved a lot of eye makeup remover, Q-tips, and even an eyeliner pencil that went rogue and fell into the toilet (RIP). But once I settled on the gel liner, things looked up a little, and I also found that drawing a faint line with eyeshadow beforehand helped keep things symmetrical. My one caveat was that I wasn't able to get the line quite as delicate as I wanted — which is where a liquid liner would come in, if you don't happen to be an allergic mess.
As for mascara? Pack. It. On. Upon close inspection, it looks like Kaylee's ultra-fluttery lashes might be getting some help from some falsies, so you can always go that route if you want. I was too scared (last time I used false eyelashes, I didn't remove enough glue before trying to take them off my face, and the results were quite painful), but if you're wearing this look for a party, they might be a nice touch.
For the party, Kaylee traded out her signature dirt smudges for pink (of course, pink) blush! I used TheBalm in Cabana Boy, which is a bright plum/darker pink shade.
More pink! And make sure it's a glossy one: I found that MAC Lipstick in Lustering was well up to the job.
And here's the finished look:
It's a lot of fun — it can be amped up for something high-impact; especially if you swap out the pink, pink blush and pink, pink, pink lippy for something darker, like Inara here:
But it's pretty versatile! The double wing is a lot of fun, and the rest of the look is soft enough to make it wearable for day.
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