Though it’s one of the most basic beauty products, eyeliner can be used in countless ways — you don’t just have to outline your eyes. For the full rundown of the product’s versatility, celebrity makeup artist Jenna Kristina is sharing an evolution of eyeliner trends, from the 1950s to today.
Eyeliner became complementary to pastel shadows in the ‘80s. “Eyeliner was purple and blue, frosted, and dramatic — think Diana Ross,” says Kristina. Definition went all around the eyes for a bold, sweeping effect.
In the early aughts, Kristina says the cat eye came back in a dramatic fashion. The trend called for lining the top and bottom lashes with the signature flick extending to the side for definition — a style that can be traced all the way back to Cleopatra.
As for what’s trending now? According to Kristina, it’s all about “kitten eyeliner,” a softer take on the cat eye. “It’s a wearable smaller version that’s kept closer to the eye and not dragged across the full eyelid,” she says. Très chic.