• December 9, 2022

How to get sultry, Sophia Loren-style ‘siren’ eyes

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The hackThe perfect feline eyeliner flick remains one of the most popular makeup looks of the post-war years, but could it be eclipsed by the trend for siren eyes? Many TikTokers, YouTubers, Instagrammers and celebrities seem to think so.

The testSiren eyes are a smoky, softer version of the upwards eyeliner flick. It’s more subtle and also, crucially, easier to do, as it needs less precision. Take a dark brown or black eyeshadow, and using a small angled brush, line your upper lashes with shadow, as you would with eyeliner. When you reach the outer corner of the eye, draw the shadow slightly up and out, creating a soft flick. Take a smaller smudging brush to wing the line out even more, for that sultry Sophia Loren style.

If that seems too complicated, here’s a simpler hack I use every day. Take a very soft eyeliner pencil with a smudger on the end, such as Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Liner (£22), and line the upper lashes. Then use the smudger to flick the liner outwards and upwards. Voilà.

The verdictThis is a solid win from me. It is faster, easier and looks softer than an eyeliner flick. If you’ve spent years trying – and failing – to make your liner symmetrical, this is the way forward. Plus, anything that can be done competently after a few drinks is a beauty hack worth sharing.

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