The look: soft, smoky and free of harsh lines
Vanngo is a firm believer that eyeliner doesn’t have to be dramatic or OTT to enhance the eye; in fact, he regularly favours a more subtle finish, especially when it comes to elongating and brightening the eye.
“[I like to use] the Kajal pencil from Shiseido and trace along the upper lash line, not really to line the eye but [just] to create [natural-looking] depth around the lash line. I also use the same pencil [on] the upper waterline. [Then], I use a blending brush and just blend everything out,” he shares of the first step of his go-to soft liner look.
Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Tea House, $36.95 at cosmeticsnow.com.au
The trick: elongate the inner corners
But while most people tend to focus their eye-elongating attention on the outer corner, Vanngo says the inner one is just as important. “I use the same liner going really into the corner of the eye, as I want to elongate the eye the other way as well – not just [from] the outside, but also [from] the inner corner.”
And while he’s all for softening the colour to avoid closing the eye off, he’s still not a fan of the ‘eye-opening inner corner highlight trick’ many swear by. “After [applying] you can use a blending brush and blend [the inner corner] out; usually people like to put a little highlight in the corner of the eye, [but] I don’t myself,” he explains. "I put a little bit on the crease but I love how the corner of the eye looks the way it is [now that we’ve] elongated the eye, so that’s why I don’t want to put the highlighter there.”
Rae Morris Jishaku Brush 9 Detail Point Shader, $68.76 at beautylish.com