Spider lashes are showstopping in the same way as the fashion at Couture Week, which is to say the only place they’ve really been socially acceptable is on supermodels walking the runway in Paris. No one necessarily looks bad with them, but most wouldn’t describe them as versatile, and that’s partly because of the way they’ve been portrayed to date: chunky, thick and messy. The unwearable nature has become part of the charm of the trend- forgoing conventional standards of beauty to do something statement worthy; saying something bold about yourself with just a few extra swipes of a mascara wand. A perfect contour-job and smokey eye may look great in pictures, but there’s something about perfection that reads as intimidating. Against the poreless, overly perfect makeup trends on current rotation, it’s refreshing, even inviting, when someone dares to do anything ‘off’.

This current iteration of spider lashes reads more like a modern take on the Twiggy eye. It’s softer and whispy-er than its fashion week counterpart, but still strong. The finished look is more believable (also wearable), totally flattering and really cool.

Start with a clean, neutral face. For this look, makeup artist Crystal Liz applied a light layer of Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation and spot treated with Glossier’s Stretch Concealer under the eyes and on any redness. Both formulations offer coverage without cakiness- important since the eyes are so product-heavy. The lashes are the focus, but a dead-face (one that is all the same color) detracts from even the boldest trends, so Liz nestled Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium under the cheekbones, blended until it melted into skin, and topped off with a light layer of Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Peach Nectar on the high points of the face. For a little more dimension, add a dew-effect highlighter to the cheekbones, but think less sparkle, more sheen. Liz opted for the balm side of Pat McGrath’s (currently sold out) Skin Fetish, but Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz has a coconut oil core that gives a similar effect.

Mascara here was a hearty amount of Tarte Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara. The spiky comb of the brush grabs every single lash for length, but also manages to deposit super pigmented product with each swipe. Start with two to three coats from root to tip, and if you feel like you need more, flip the mascara wand vertically and brush lashes side to side to emphasize the matte effect.

Lips were nude and glossy thanks to Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Tight Fit, the most universally flattering, neutral pink that is slightly peach with gold and silver shimmer- a great alternative to most nudes that require mixing with extra products to prevent looking washed out. Et voila! You’re now equal parts pretty and bas ass.

Credits

Photography
Aris Jerome
Makeup
Crystal Liz
Hair
Toni Burns
Model
Caitlin Lawson (Photogenics L.A.)