Thursday, March 4, 2010

A New Twist on Bright Eyes

Brightly colored eye liner has been a trend for the past few seasons - one that I've largely ignored. But with spring comes a fresh crop of pretty eye liners in shades like teal, grass green, bright purple and fuschia pink. And it's looking kind of good to me this time around.

(Side note: don't you feel like a bit of a sellout when you change your mind on a trend? Like skinny jeans and shooties...and now colored eye liner. Sigh)

Here's my little guide to wearing this trend, based on my own testing (and mistakes). Very unscientific, by the way.

* This look is best saved for weekends and after work. Your co-workers will probably find teal eye liner to be kind of distracting.

* Pair your crazy liner with a relatively nude eye - a very neutral eye shadow to even out your lid tone, and mascara. Leave your upper lash line bare, tracing your liner just around the lower lash line. Smudge like crazy to create a soft, romantic effect. Go with a sheer flush on the cheeks and a lip color that closely resembles your natural lip color.

* For an interesting take on the standard smokey eye, lay down a layer of black eyeliner first and then top it with a funky color. The color effect will be more muted than if you applied the colored liner on its own, but that extra color will look very cool.

A few of my favorite colored liners include Urban Decay's Graffiti (a bright grass green with shimmer) & Ransom (bright purple), L'Oreal HIP Studio Secrets Color Rich Cream Crayon in Intricate (a dark sky blue), and Lancome Ink Artliner in Plum Tease.

I couldn't find a picture to illustrate how pretty this look can be, so I did myself up and snapped a few pictures. Not saying it's super pretty, but you should get the idea.





I'm wearing Lancome Ink Artliner in Indigo Charm.

7 comments:

  1. Very pretty! And the model is gorgeous.

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  2. Wow...I love it. I need a tutorial..just saying..

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  3. Ooooo--I want your earrings.
    Oh yes, and the eye treatment is very pretty.

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  4. Thanks, girls! Mimi, the earrings were my grandmother's so I can't help you out there. But I've learned a lot about eyeliner and other makeup tips watching Makeup by Tiffany's Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MakeupByTiffanyD#g/u

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  5. Oh, thank you for this post and the link on makeup tips! The most I ever really wear is sunscreen and mascara and I have wanted to learn how to apply things like eye shadow/liner but I think I'm a little too old to ask people :)
    Also, you have pretty eyes :D

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  6. Thanks, Rebecca! I love the fact that Youtube makes makeup tips so accessible - I no longer feel like I'm at the mercy of someone at a makeup counter to tell me how to get eyeliner on straight!

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  7. Great tutorial and photos!
    You have gorgeous eyes lady!!

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