Ariana Grande is no fool in the makeup department. Having performed since she was little, the singer and R.E.M. Beauty founder knows how to create a beautiful makeup look. But if you ask her to apply her signature winged liner in front of all of TikTok, that’s a lot of pressure on those musical shoulders.
In the latest post she uploaded to the video-sharing platform, Ariana Grande introduces the video in a British accent, explaining “’Ello there, team UK. Selfridges flight crew. ’Ello… I’ve been asked to demonstrate my eyeliner technique.” As for the accent? “They also told me that it might be nice if I did an accent while I made this video,” she revealed. “It’s written here: ‘Selfridges would like her to maybe use a cheeky British element, i.e., accent, tea, etc.’ So here I am, butchering this accent. I’m so sorry.”
She continues modestly, “I don’t know if it’s a good technique—I didn’t promise that—but I said that I’d do it.” And she even invited viewers to show their own techniques, asking them to “Duet—I think that’s what the children call it.”
There was one thing Ari wanted to clear up before she started: namely, the absence of her wedding ring. “I’m just not wearing my ring, it’s getting cleaned, I’m not getting a divorce, so before you start, don’t,” she playfully tells viewers (still in that Brih-ish accent). As for getting a straight line, she holds the skin just below the end of her brow taut and admits, “I know I’m not supposed to yank, I won’t. Just for now…I’m just gonna wing it and go.”
Cutting to the chase, the wing that Ari applied was immaculate. She started applying her liner at the end of the flick and sketched it straight inward and across her lash line in one effortless motion. Then she went back in again to thicken it up. Her trick was to use the edge of her nail to clean up any outliers and make it look extra sleek.
Like the rest of us, though, she held her breath, hoped for the best, and then looked pretty darn pleased after she smashed the first go. “Bloody hell, I’ve done it! It’s perfect. Oh, my God,” she sobbed in mock tears.
Then, um, things pretty much unravelled from there. “I’m going to go inside here a little,” she said referring to her inner waterline. She applied it just out of view before revealing, “Fuck, I’ve got it all over me contact.”
As for matching her other eye to the original, she was looking a little nervous. “Right, time to do the other side. Wish me luck, poppets.” And while it looked good from where we were sitting, Ari wasn’t mega impressed with her handiwork. “Woahh. Different vibe on this side. Hey buckle up…. Yeah, we’re going somewhere else here. This one’s going to a different place,” she said.
Her moral of the story? “It went well once.” Yep, we’ve been there.
She ends by asking, “Please teach me what your technique is to get them to go in the right direction.” So keep an eye on the comments section—we’re hoping for some holy grail answers.
This story originally appeared on Glamour UK.