You might expect your favorite celebrities to show up to a big red carpet event in a shimmery smoky eye, monochromatic makeup, or an exaggerated cat-eye, but Kendall Jenner bucked tradition for last night’s People’s Choice Awards
by wearing a makeup look that wasn’t just new for her, but entirely new to us, too.
While keeping the rest of her eye makeup extremely minimal for the PCAs, makeup artist Mary Phillips used a $12 Danessa Myricks Beauty Cushion Color in a bright green huecalled Kandy Apple to paint seemingly random lines below Jenner’s waterline, upper lash line, and eyelid.
“For Kendall’s look we wanted to do a young, fun, artsy concept with a pop of color,” Phillips tells Refinery29. “Kendall and I creatively collaborated on the look and placement. We thought the green would give enough color to stand out.”
Though it could have easily looked like one of Jenner’s nieces (Stormi, perhaps?) had scribbled across her face with a green marker, the result you see below looked more like a modern art masterpiece (albeit a very minimal one) fit for the MoMA. “The placement of the eyeliner was uniformed but also chaotic and unusual,” Phillips says. “I wanted to take a classic length of eyeliner and break it up into three sections and place it on three different levels of the eye.”
As for the rest of Jenner’s makeup, Phillips used La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundationon the entire face and then Nudestix Gel Color in Posh for those perfectly matte beige lips.
Now “abstract liner,” as we’re calling this look, isn’t necessarily new — remember the big pointillism trend from last year? —but this is one of the first times something so artsy has popped up on a celeb as notable and influential as Jenner. So it’s really only a matter of time until it’s a full-blown makeup trend, which we’re not mad about at all given how it looks easy as hell to recreate ourselves. Like, there’s no real formula you have to consider, and no tools you have to use other than the eyeliner and brush. Plus, how long do you think this took to create? According to Phillips, just 10 minutes.
So if you’re like us and refuse to spend more than a few minutes on any tiny makeup detail, consider abstract eyeliner your new go-to party look. Just make sure you opt for a long-wear formula and always use a primer to make sure that your art is preserved until it’s time to wash it off.