Olivia Wilde's makeup artist shares her tips for the perfect graphic wing
Or ‘cobalt corners’, as she's coined the look
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / July 28 2020
We could wax lyrical about our love for liner. Black, white, pastel, neon, thick, thin, subtle, statement-making; it’s an adoration that knows no bounds.
To paraphrase Stanley Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada, give us a shimmer-spiked cobalt colour and a graphic floating shape, and we’re (even more) on board.
So, when we spied Jo Baker (the very makeup artist responsible for painting the faces of the likes of Lucy Boynton, Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh) sharing her tips for the liner look she calls ‘cobalt corners’, we were mesmerised – and now we’re breaking down exactly how she did it, just for you.
“Using [a cobalt-coloured crayon like] Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Fervent Blue, draw a line above the crease and connect to [the] lower lashline,” Baker instructed.
As for where she drew her shade inspiration from, Baker named Santorini as the muse: “[I’m] inspired by the yearning I have to wander the hamlets of the Greek Isles, staring out at the rich vivid blue jolts of colour along [the] magical coastal region.”
Next, bring a brush into the equation for a little blending action.
“Extend the top line to the inner corner of the eye with the Eye-Contouring Brush,” she advises, fanning the fluffy bristles in toward the bridge of the nose to elongate and slightly soften the line.
Once the floating shape is locked in place, Baker focuses on perfecting and building out the cat eye.
“Fill in the outer corner of the liner,” she says, sweeping the cobalt colour back and forth from the outer portion of the upper lashline to the edge of the wing.
Next on the to-do list, mascara. “[The look works perfectly] paired with my staple spidery style lashes, [so] coat lashes with mascara [to finish the eye],” Baker confirms.
Add a few finishing touches to define and polish the face. “Brush up the brows with [transparent] eyebrow gel [and] add a [glow-boosting balm] to [the] high points of the face,” she advises.
Lipstick serves as the very last step. “When wearing a bold colour on your eyes I love a soft nude lip tone,” Baker shares, naming Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in Emotive as her go-to. “This [colour] is perfectly buff without being too pink or too beige."