The smoky eye is out; animal print is the makeup trend of the moment

Make way for boldness and creativity: animal prints, a classic for clothing, are now making their mark on our eyelids. — Picture via Instagram/makeup.byelliemay
Make way for boldness and creativity: animal prints, a classic for clothing, are now making their mark on our eyelids. — Picture via Instagram/makeup.byelliemay

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NEW YORK, May 26 — After a gloomy, challenging year, a dash of eccentricity is making a comeback for the summer season — in clothes, hair and makeup. Bright and vibrant colours will be in the mix, while animal prints will be a must, not only for clothes and nails, but also on ... eyelids! An original trend for those who want a bold look!

Finally, something different! While the no-makeup look was a strong trend during the health crisis, what with all the home-working and mask-wearing, times seem to be changing... at least for the summer, the season of all eccentricities (and all possibilities). The watchword for these vacations is fun! And that means looks that are more daring than usual, as well as extravagant beauty styles, punctuated by vivid colours, graphic designs, and other patterns designed to get noticed.

Zebra, cow and leopard motifs

Animal prints will be making an appearance, but in an unexpected form (at least to us). Not content to be a key, recurring trend in our outfits and on our bodies for years, from our favourite camisoles to our nail tips, they now are showing up on... eyelids. The idea? Elevate the eyes, and give them a wild touch that was very much missed throughout 2020.

Beauty influencers have been having a field day for the past few weeks, letting their imaginations run wild at long last. Just head over to the social networks, in particular Instagram and TikTok, to discover a panoply of beauty looks each more wild and daring than the previous one. Zebra, leopard, tiger, cow, or cheetah: there’s something for everyone.

Eyeliner or face sticker, the choice is yours

While some skilled makeup artists are using their best brushes to get the look, this creative style is clearly not within reach of everyone. But the tutorials on TikTok demonstrate that these animal prints are not so difficult to reproduce, even with eye pencils. Novices can opt for the numerous adhesives that you just have to put on the eyelid like an ephemeral tattoo. If you are more daring (or more skilled), get out your pencils, liquid and gel eyeliners, and eye shadows to recreate zebra and cow prints, which, be warned, require a dose of patience and meticulousness. For a leopard print look, you can simply draw the outline with a brown pencil and then fill in the “spots” with eye shadow.

In general, the beauty trends of this summer will be ultra colourful and ultra graphic, as seen at the recent Billboard Music Awards. — ETX Studio

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