If you’ve even so much as glanced at TikTok over the past few weeks, there’s one trend you’ve definitely seen. The “fox eye” (sometimes called the “instant eye lift”) seems to be the makeup of the moment—strange, really, since no one is showing it off anywhere except online. Nonetheless, playing with makeup is good for the soul, so why not get this uber-sexy look down for that moment in the coming weeks, months, let’s not think about it, when you’ll be seen by your adoring public once more? Let’s go!
As ever, skincare is the basis of any successful makeup, and I’ve recently been loving K-beauty brand Banila Co. Their Hi Bye Vita Peel Exfoliating Scrub is my morning “cleanser” of choice—leaving my skin feeling uber smooth and soft for the day ahead. To up the ante, a swipe of the Banila Co Hi Bye Vita Peel Clear Pad gives another layer of exfoliation. To finish, I’ve been liberally applying the Banila Co Dear Hydration Boosting Cream. This has a weird, almost jellified texture, but it melts when applied to the skin, and visibly plumps and smooths your makeup canvas.
This makeup look is pretty dramatic, so I prefer to keep the skin as light and natural as possible to avoid looking overly caked. The Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is perfect for this, as it has a hefty amount of coverage but still looks juicy and barely-there. I apply with fingers for speed and to ensure a seamless blend.
For any areas wanting a little more coverage, the Glossier Stretch Concealer is the most natural out there. It won’t cover everything, but it does successfully blur out any imperfections while retaining that dewy glow that suggests a bare face. Sneaky stuff. This is a very dewy base, so if that’s not your modus operandi, a quick sweep of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder will remove excess shine without adding any unwanted cakiness.
The eyebrows are the key to this look—you want them high and straight. Many suggest shaving off the ends, but you don’t have to if you’d prefer a more temporary solution. Fill in brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and ensure you keep the tails as perky as possible. Then, underline the tails with an uber high-coverage concealer like the Kryolan TV Paint Stick. This will help highlight your brows’ new height without the need for a dramatic, permanent new brow shape. Finish by filling in a little with the Glossier Boy Brow. This will help highlight individual brow hairs and make your eyebrows look more natural and less drawn on.
For the eyes, first smudge on the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in “Creamy Beige” using a finger. It can be applied both to the lids and the lower lash line, to add a hint of shadow and give the eyes some dimension.
Next, take a shimmery deep brown kohl pencil, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in “Bourbon,” and draw a wing shape on your lower lashline. By keeping the majority of the color below the eyes, you can make them look more lifted than a traditional upper-lid liquid liner. Focus on blending in the inner and outer corners to really pull the eye upwards and outwards.
Once you’re happy with the shape, add a touch of black kohl on the lower waterline. The Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in “Black” is cheap and works perfectly. Try to keep the black confined to the tight line of the eye to avoid the brown shimmery kohl becoming muddy-looking.
Lashes should be long and fluttery. If you have the patience, individual lashes like the Benefit Going Solo Individual False Lashes look amazing. If, like me, you usually don’t, you want a lengthening mascara with individual fibers in the formula. The Glossier Lash Slick Mascara is perfect. Take your time drawing out each lash for a super fluttery finish that never, ever gets clumpy.
Because this look is quite heavy on the eyes, I avoid contour for fear of slipping into drag queen territory. A nice way to sculpt the cheeks without contouring is a dusty, nude-colored blue. The Tarte 12-Hour Blush in “Exposed” is one of the best. Using a tapered blush brush, like the Real Techniques Blush Brush, I hug the bottom of my cheekbone in this shade. It lifts and sculpts cheeks but still looks soft and natural.
For lips, you want something that’s pouty and polished but doesn’t take too much attention from your peepers. A strong nude liner, like the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in “Iconic Nude,” will help define your lips edges and make them look fuller. Finish with a slick of clear gloss (the new Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in “Glass Slipper” is second to none, in my opinion) to draw light to your lips and make them appear plumper and smoother. Mwah!