In sharp focus, the banality of black is reimagined and with artful strokes. Cubism, a painterly Picasso splash, even the surrealist strokes of Dali may make an appearance. Or just majorly messed-up, smudgy moves. Who dares wins, this round. 


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Up all night? Fear not, panda eyes. Simply smudge all-nighter peepers with artful finesse – try Chanel’s Ombre Premiére Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Noir Pétrole and use a heavy-handed application with fingers, or use the Smudger end on their Retractable Dual-Tip Eye-Contouring Brush. For those perennial late-risers who favour heady jaunts and dark nooks, it’s time to get your hands dirty – amp things up and add Tom Ford’s Cream Color in Midnight Violet for extra impact.

Don’t be afraid of the crude and the rude; this is for the boss ladies who give direction and don’t take it (well). A wet, coal-black artliner like Kat Von D Ink Liner will be the tool to paint with, sketch creative lines with gall and flair. For rickety fingers, use Beautyblender Liner Designer as a template.

Lashes should be layered and spidery, loaded with chunks of thick, goopy mascara. The trick here is in the application: curl for a prolonged period with Shu Uemura Lash Curler, then go in with L’Oréal Paris’ Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll and coat like crazy, making sure to work the brush sideways as oppose to upwards. Perhaps even try an experimental clump, you do only live once.


But for the straight-y-one-eighty types, stay in your lane, and keep it linear and streamlined. Don’t worry, bold black is your colour, too. Just be sharp and precise and play within the borders with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. And if you’re feeling a touch flighty, add some texture. Grit it up with granular shadows and a tough glaze, if you dare.


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