The Artistry Of Makeup: The Dramatic & Intense, “Smoky” Eye Of “Kohl” Eyeliner

The Smoldering Appeal Of Kohl Eyeliner
The Smoldering Appeal Of Kohl Eyeliner

The dramatic, “Smoky” eye. A halo of eyeliner, if you will, that encircles the eyes. The smooth, soft, creamy and blendable application of makeup that creates a statement, for certain. Eyeliners have quite the power to add drama to the eyes. A bold statement of impact can certainly be gained by the smoldering application of eyeliner. The power of the artistry of makeup, indeed. Ideal “Kohl” eyeliners are highly pigmented and are formulated with a smooth, gliding texture that adds drama to the eye in striking fashion…

Makeup Of Intensity:  "Kohl" Eyeliner
Makeup Of Intensity: “Kohl” Eyeliner

Of interest, in makeup, the term “Kohl” references only the effect of makeup color and application. Interestingly, “Kohl” is actually defined as “an ancient eye cosmetic, traditionally made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and other ingredients”. More of a grayish-black, the true “Kohl” has since earned the visual of dark, deep makeup appeal. Of course, history states that the ancient Egyptians highly regarded beauty and cosmetics, believing they had magical powers. Regardless of gender or status, they would line their eyes with a black galena, kohl , that was “placed in small containers and applied with a wooden stick, creating an almond-shaped eye. Of interest, applying a layer of this mineral, “Kohl”, was also said to be done to protect themselves from the harsh sun rays as well as in hopes to strengthen the eyes. Yet perhaps an even greater belief was that the ring of black which encircled the eyes would prevent being cursed by the “Evil Eye”. Of note, the almond-shaped eye is said to have resembled the falcon eye of the Egyptian God Horus. Makeup of exalted status, indeed. For certain, the iconic Cleopatra knew the power…

Hollywood Classic's: Cleopatra & The Iconic Dramatic Eye
Hollywood Classic’s: Cleopatra & The Iconic Dramatic Eye

Alas, to truly appreciate the impact of the bold eye, perhaps there is no other Hollywood classic film that lined the eye so dramatically than the 1963 epic drama film “Cleopatra” starring the stunning Elizabeth Taylor. Perhaps a stronger eye was gained following Cecile B. Demille’s earlier version in 1934 of Cleopatra, which starred Claudette Colbert. Demille’s version has been described as a “Modernistic 1930’s costume spectacle that reshapes the Cleopatra Story”. With the 1963 rendition, perhaps in addition to another costume spectacle which further embellished the Cleopatra story, the dramatic eye was iconically captured on the reels of film that would reshape the appeal of bold eye makeup for the decades that followed. The focus on the dramatic eye would continue to offer timeless appeal…

"Inky" & "Creamy" Appeal:  Dramatic Khol Eyeliner
“Inky” & “Creamy” Appeal: Dramatic Khol Eyeliner
Dramatic Appeal Of smooth Application: Kohl Eyeliner
Dramatic Appeal Of smooth Application: Kohl Eyeliner
Kohl Eyeliner:  Timeless Appeal Of Eye Defining Style
Kohl Eyeliner: Timeless Appeal Of Eye Defining Style
Intense, Dark Appeal:  Kohl Eyeliner
Intense, Dark Appeal: Kohl Eyeliner
Enduring Appeal:  The Intense, "Smoky" Kohl Eyeliner
Enduring Appeal: The Intense, “Smoky” Kohl Eyeliner
Timeless Application:  Kohl Eyeliner
Timeless Application: Kohl Eyeliner
Drama & Sultry Appeal:  Kohl Eyeliner
Drama & Sultry Appeal: Kohl Eyeliner
Smooth, Blendable Style Of Smoky Appeal:  Kohl Eyeliner
Smooth, Blendable Style Of Smoky Appeal: Kohl Eyeliner

Consider the eye intensity of “Kohl” eyeliners. Of course, the highest quality eyeliners will provide the best impact. Choices certainly abound within the world of cosmetics. (My personal favorite? Chanel). Yet can this look be achieved with the application of deep hued eyeshadow? Certainly. Softer, muted appeal versus a deeper impact. Choices. But as for eyeliners, whether saturated with the deepest black or more softer shades of black or brown, the power of the “Kohl” eyeliner deserves focus and appreciation. Whether one chooses a subtle appeal or a statement in makeup that verges on sultry appeal, the effect is striking. An intense, stunning and dark appeal that dramatically emphasizes the eyes, for certain. As they say, “The eyes have it”. Indeed, they do…

Kristin

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy”
-Yves Saint-Laurent

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