It’s not necessarily a bad idea to stick with your “little-black-dress” makeup routine — it’s a no-fail look that’s served you well time and time again. The only problem with it is that after a while it can be same-old, same old…in other words, BORING!
Think you might want to discover a new look? The start of a new season is actually the ideal time to step out of your usual routine and switch things up a little bit and this season’s catwalk provided ample inspiration. One look that really caught my attention is the graphic eye. Though some were certainly exaggerated versions that only a Cirque de Soleil artist in the midst of a performance would be able to pull off, a strongly lined eye with minimal make-up on lips and cheeks is a nice look for most and there are numerous variations so you can actually get more than one look out of this trend.
The best way to pull off any graphic eye is to start with a radiant complexion. Depending on your skin, it might mean using a bb cream and concealer or going all in with primer and foundation. Add just enough blush to give your skin a healthy, natural-looking glow. Keep it from looking dated by swiping a nude-toned shadow on your upper lids and adding a hint of color from a tinted lip balm or sheer gloss to your lips. Apply your liner and finish with one to two coats of black mascara.
Play with Color:
- The oft used black is a classic look that’s always in style but you might want to tweak it by using navy, gold, teal or even white liner instead.
- You can even do a thin black line along the upper lid, layered with another colorful line directly above it.
Play with Style:
- Tailor your look to the occasion at hand. Keep in mind that office-appropriate makeup will look different than what you would wear for a night out on the town.
- Wearing your liner winged at the ends will give it a retro feel, while wearing it a bit more straight out (instead of winged up) will give you a more modern looking finish.
Play with Size:
- How close your liner extends past your eye depends on how graphic you dare to go. I prefer it just slightly past my eye, enough to add a little sex appeal without looking like I’m trying too hard but you might feel comfortable pushing the envelope a bit more.
- Start small and if you’d like your line to be thicker, repeat the process in the same shade until you get the width (and drama!) you desire.
While the graphic eye can be accomplished using cake liner or even eye pencils, I’ve found the eye pens and liquid liners in a tube to be virtually mistake-proof.
Here, 3 that make it easy:
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22) glides on easily, dries quickly and won’t smudge, fade or run. Marker-like tip makes it as easy to draw a thin or thick line without pulling. Available in 15 colors.
Kat Von D Lightning Liner ($20) is a metallic liquid liner available in 10 gorgeous shades that last all day long. Click-activated delivery system releases just the right amount of product each and every time.
Nars Eyeliner Stylo ($27) has a super-fine precision tip for ease of application in just one stroke. Intense color payoff, quick-dry formula and long-wear finish guarantee great results. Choose from 4 shades.