Jacob Stella, or @andthatsjacob, is part of the reason why the Instagram Explore feed exists: he has a no holds barred approach to beauty. Unlikely colour combinations, other-worldy skin, and three-dimensional textures are all in his armoury. The makeup expert and brand founder (@bocajbeauty mink lashes for the uninitiated) knows all too well the power of the Explore feed: it’s a place where ideas are born, and specific looks come to life. “I feel like when I’m flicking through Instagram right now all I’m seeing is graphic liner, a tonne of colour, and I’m really, really feeling #dewyskin right now as well.” With the foundations set, Jacob and makeup artist @maxmade have teamed up to take on this instalment of Madeup By Explore, piecing together a perfect liner look that turns its back on conventional colour and shape. To see Jacob and Max create via the Explore feed, see the full video breakdown below.

 

GRAPHIC LINER AND GLOSS

@andthatsjacob is part of a broader movement on Instagram that’s seen editorial, kaleidoscopic makeup looks pushed into the spotlight. Saturated colour, bold texture, and high-shine finishes aren’t just for the avant garde – they’re for everyone, every day. For Jacob and Max, this look in particular was all about the play between makeup and art. Jacob zeroed in on a super precise #graphicliner punctured with red, yellow, and blue by @raincornelius as the source of inspiration. From there, it was a touch and go operation, building out the eye with super fine liquid liner, (including an electric blue shade from Kat Von D), and soft, airy lashes. See @kristennoelcrawley and @itsbybrandon to take in a rainbow of other shades, if you’re looking at embarking on a creative pursuit of your own.

Jacob is a huge proponent of Instagram skin; that is, a complexion that’s buffed and contoured to perfection, before blinding gloss and highlight is added back in. Max took the idea and made it his own, dialling back the #mattefinish for one that’s just a little more natural. As for the cherry on top? A #boldlip that’s dripping with icy, crystalline gloss. Practical? Not so much… but visually incredible? Absolutely.

 

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Dior Lip Maximizer, $52. SHOP NOW

Kat Von D Inkwell Long Wear Matte Eyeliner In Darkwave, $28. SHOP NOW

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Intense Black, $34. SHOP NOW

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