Hello, Gorgeous! The Streisand Eye Makes a Comeback
Of all the big, beautiful September fashion magazines covers, the most buzzed-about is arguably the Harper's Bazaar cover featuring funny girl Jennifer Aniston channeling the original funny girl, Barbra Streisand. It's a gorgeous shoot in and of itself, but what makes it's especially striking is that we finally get to see Jennifer in something more dynamic than her usual beachy hair, nude makeup, sunny Cali girl look.
The cover shot (shown above) is based on the famous image of Streisand from her 1968 movie, "Funny Girl" (below left). But this isn't the first time a celebrity has recreated Streisand's powerful makeup moment. In 1997, the late, great makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin collaborated with Isabella Rossellini for his book Making Faces (below right), transforming the French beauty into Streisand's "Fannie Brice" with dramatic winged eye makeup, false lashes, and one distinctly arched brow.
With winged eyeliner showing up everywhere in the fall fashion magazines, it's no surprise that Streisand's most famous eye makeup look is once again in style. Seeing the Bazaar cover inspired me to flip back through the section of Making Faces in which Kevyn explains how he created Isabella's makeup. (By the way, if you love makeup and don't already own that book, I urge you to pick it up. Kevyn was an absolute genius at his craft, and the images and advice in this book are truly timeless.) The dramatic, pointy shadow and liner are a more precise way of creating smoky eyes, and the looks feels right in tune with fall's tailored, 60's-influenced clothes. Here's how to create what I'm officially deeming "The Streisand Eye."
1. Use a pointy eye shadow brush to apply a dark brown powder shadow such as Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Nutmeg from your lash line to your brow bone, then work the brush back and forth in the crease of your lid to build intensity. Drag the shadow out past the outer corner of your eye in a straight line (don't flick it) to create a point that ends where the tail of your brow ends.
2. Sweep a soft line of the brown shadow under your bottom lashes and extend it past the outer corner of your eye so it meets the point and creates a triangular shape. Use a point-tip sponge applicator (available at beauty supply stores) to clean up the edges of the shadow all around so it's defined, not smoky.
3. Draw a thick stripe of black liquid liner such as Lancôme Artliner in Noir along your top lash line as close to the lashes as possible. Extend the liner out slightly past the outer corner of your eye, keeping the line straight.
4. Attach a strip of false lashes to your top lash line; give the glue at least 5 minutes to dry, then use a lash curler to carefully curl both the fake lashes and your own. Try Shu Uemura Natural Volume False Lashes and Eyelash Curler.
5. Finish by brushing lots of black mascara on your top and bottom lashes. A good one to try is L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.
PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: HARPER'S BAZAAR, MAKING FACES (LITTLE, BROWN, and CO), REX FEATURES