The Interview: Val Garland


The Queen of Liner


Whether she’s bronzing Kate Moss’ lust-worthy limbs for the St Tropez campaign, beautifying Cara Delevigne for Mulberry, or dotting individual freckles across Taylor Swift’s nose for her Vogue cover, Make Up Artist Val Garland has done it all. Now, with the graphic liner trend having swept the 2015 catwalks, we couldn’t wait to pin down the Queen of Liner and receive an exclusive master class in all-things graphic.

“Long live liner!”

“The liner trend has always, in some way or other, been trending, albeit often in a winged, cat eye or feline flick kind of way – long live liner! This trend is a staple, its never going away. Liner, whether soft or strong, defines the eye – it’s a look that’s here to stay.”

“This time round, it’s more edgy, graphic. It’s okay to draw beyond your lash line. From double linear lines at Muglar to petrol blue geometrics at Dion Lee and even double disconnected liner at Adeam, this season is all about straying away from the expected and having a bit more fun with your liner shape. There are no rules! If it feels too harsh – you can always smudge it, for a softer smokey effect.”

“If you are new to liVALner, try using a pencil to create your shape. I love MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black and use your finger, brush or even a cotton bud to smudge the line and extend it outwards and upwards towards the brow to elongate t he eye. There are some great products on the market for newbies to try, I love ‘Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner’ and ‘Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Jumbo Carbon Black Ink Liner.’ I especially love MAC Penultimate Eye Liner, you will be amazed how easy these products are to use.”

“The more you practice at doig a liner – the easier it becomes! And remember – a Q tip is your best friend forcreating a sharp edge wherever it’s needed.”

“My make up icons are Blondie, Marilyn Monroe, Kate Moss and of course, Brigitte Bardot.”

See more of Val’s work on her Instagram: @thevalgarland