Step 1: Mod-ify Your Hair
If you have bangs, give them a clean, neat edge or pull them aside. I trimmed the bangs to just above my eyebrows, arching slightly down below my temples.
Treat the rest of your hair similarly – just get it all organized and geometric, however that works for your hair. I reshaped my wig so that it was slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front, like Nancy Kwan’s iconic mod cut by Vidal Sassoon.
Step 2: Prep Your Skin
I used Boscia BB Cream for all-over, sheer coverage, covered up redness around the corners of my nose and a couple spots with this Makeup Forever Concealer Palette, and set it all with a light dusting of Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Powder.
Step 3: Create Your Dramatic Cat-Eye
Then draw your cat-eye. I used a black Almay Liquid Liner to draw a thick line across my top lashes, which I then extended to a point beyond the edge of my natural brow.
Tip: Start small, and add on. You can always add more – it’s harder to remove excess and try again. Step away from the mirror and check yourself out frequently to make sure the cat-eye is flattering from all angles. Use a pointed cotton swab (I got mine for $3 at Muji) to clean up the cat-eye as you go along.
Then draw in a crease to dramatize the look. Donyale Luna, above, filled in her natural crease with a dark powder shadow. Go to the next page to see another idea.
Step 4: Enhance Your Eyelids
If you’re going to wear a wig, put it on so that you can be sure to choose colors for the rest of your face that will complement your hair color.
Notice how the gold crease line kind of follows the arc of the eyeball. I later went back in with a pointed cotton swab dipped in primer to “erase” the outer edges of the gold and redraw them as wings.
Step 5: Add Contrast
Step 6: Add Subtle Color to Cheeks & Lips
Step 7: Add Dramatic Fake Eyelashes
To apply the eyelashes, add a thin layer of glue to the seam and let it dry for about 30 seconds, or until tacky to touch. Lower them onto your lash line. Use a cotton swab to gently push the tacky edge as close to your natural lash line as possible.
Step 8: More Is More: Add More Cat-Eye!
So add another layer of eyeliner over the dried glue, which will otherwise very likely reflect light differently than the eyeliner, ruining the seamless effect.
Clean up the edges as needed by dipping a pointed cotton swab into whatever background color you selected for your eyelids (in this case, a very pale, matte cream concealer) and “erasing” any stray makeup with short, gentle strokes.
Step 9: Put the Final Touch on Your Lashes
My lashes are naturally short and sparse, and my eyes are wide, shallow-set and taper downward slightly – elongated rather than rounded. I used to curl my eyelashes a lot more to make my eyes look rounder and bigger. But I’ve grown to love my eye shape and have learned that my lashes look best when they complement the shape of my eyes. So I usually only curl my lashes gently, one time.
And that’s it! Congrats, you’re a modern mod.
Read on if you want some mod fashion inspiration to complete the look.
Step 10: Be Bold
A modern mod can wear whatever they want, obviously. I personally think this would look awesome with any look, from tshirt and jeans to floral-prints to leather leggings to a dress suit. Here are some of my favorite looks from past and present that embody the mod aesthetic.
Nancy Kwan; Beyonce; Peggy Moffitt; Janelle Monae; Karen O; Donyale Luna