Slithering snakes with flecks of ice blue; sherbet-hued flames; rainbow lines extended into feline flicks. These are just a few of the otherworldly designs Nashville-based @claropsyche, née Juliana Horner, draws around her brown almond-shaped eyes and shares with her nearly 40,000 followers. “I like to show off,” says the 25-year-old Pratt Institute graduate who recently exchanged thread and needles for makeup brushes and palettes. “With fashion you can do a beautiful inseam, but no one will see it. With makeup, details are visible immediately.” Though, like fashion, she has found that mastering those details takes both practice and the right tools. Here, Horner sounds off on the rules for creating a bold statement look of your own.
Look for Inspiration Everywhere
“You don’t have to look to me or to a makeup artist to find interesting shapes and colors,” insists Horner, who is particularly influenced by the geometric patterns of the 1960s’ retrofuturism movement. Instead, she suggests beginners look to nature—flowers, seashells, the night sky—for inspiration. “Pay attention to shapes that are satisfying to you.”
Practice on Paper
For Horner, innovation begins on a notepad, where she sketches designs atop a drawing of her eyes, but once inspiration strikes, she is quick to move from paper to skin: “The other day I was drawing doodles [of an inverted cat-eye] and immediately I ran to my room to start doing it.”
Perfect Your Kit
Horner, who can often be found browsing the beauty aisles of Sephora, Ulta, and Walgreens in her downtime, recommends always having an arsenal stocked with essentials so as to avoid wasting time during the creative process. Hers includes BareMinerals translucent setting powder, bright eye shadows from Urban Decay and NARS, and gel eyeliners from Maybelline and CoverGirl, which “move with skin better” than liquid liners. She suggests always making sure to have makeup remover and Q-tips on hand, too, to fix any imperfections. “They’re your best friends.”
Patience Is a Virtue
“Patience is just a great tool,” says Horner, who has spent up to 4 hours creating a single look. “People give up immediately if they can’t do it the first time. You just have to go really slowly and be [forgiving] with yourself.”
Silence the Noise
After a series of negative Instagram comments “messed with [her] headspace,” Horner turned off the feature entirely. “It just doesn’t matter what people think,” she says. “Every time I post something it’s like jumping off a cliff.” In other words, go bold or go home.