The 19th century called: it wants to turn our faces into live canvases.
Whatever do we mean, you ask? Well, we’re talking about pointillism, of course. In case you didn’t take art history in college, we’ll explain what that is. Way back in 1866, several Neo-Impressionist artists decided painting wasn’t challenging enough. So instead of plain old sweeping brushstrokes, they used a method that utilized a million microdots to form a complete image. From afar, you’re none the wiser, but the closer you get, the clearer the painstaking little dots become.
Some might scoff at the comparison, but good makeup is a form of artistry, too, so it’s no wonder then that makeup artists and beauty aficionados have taken that quite literally, moving pointillism from canvas to face. And we have to admit – it’s pretty damn cool.
While we’re not huge fans of painting your entire face like you’ve caught a bad case of measles, we’re really digging dot makeup for the eyes. The eye makeup trend is fun, different and an exercise in laser-level precision, in case you needed practice with your regular eye-lining abilities to begin with.
Whether you put a singular dot in the middle of your lower lash line for a flirty doe eye; a fully dotted cat eye to lend a delicate dimension; or a line of gypsy-inspired dots over your brows to up your festival game, there are plenty of ways to rock this painterly trend.
We decoded two super-easy dot makeup looks for the eyes to add a spot of fun to your everyday look.
- Prep your eyelids for all the fun with a good eye primer like the Nicka K Perfection Eye Primer and set it down with Natio Loose Powder.
- Sweep a bold eyeshadow across your lid, working the product from the middle to the inner and outer edges of your lids. We were feeling a bit Coachella-inspired, so we went with a bold blue from Freedom Pro’s Artist HD Pro Refills Pro Eyeshadow range. Point to note: You can walk this look to work by swapping the blue with a brown.
- Now, the entire point of the look. Use a waterproof liquid eyeliner and make careful dots along your lash line in the shape of a perfect wing. Use NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner which has a super-thin brush to help minimize mistakes and make sure the dots don’t bleed together. To make sure the wings are even, angle some scotch tape at the edges of your eyes as you dot along.
- Finish with a swathe of mascara. Use an eyelash-curling one like Maybelline Volum Express Hyper Curl Mascara, so the dots are visible through your lashes.
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- After you’ve primed and powdered, swipe your crease with some nude brown eyeshadow like Makeup Obsession’s Eyeshadow in E122 Oak to define it.
- Follow with your favorite gel or liquid eyeliner to create a cat-eye wing. We used Nykaa Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner – Super Black, and went over it a couple of times until it was bold, dark and pigmented.
- Create descending dots in decreasing sizes below the wing, starting from the bottom to the tip of the wing. To up the ante, we decided to use two contrasting, concentric colors for our dots. Of course, you can always use just one for a similar effect.
- For this look, go with a solid, volumizing mascara like L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara to accentuate the boldness of the wing.
Can’t get enough? Here are some more ways to wear this artistic trend: