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I’ve always been a big believer in using makeup to look like a better version of yourself, but even I can get on board with the latest beauty trend. Eye Art — long used on the runway, in the theater, and for editorial work — is becoming a lot more mainstream, giving us much more incentive to have a little fun when making up. If you’re ready to step out of your own comfort zone, below are some easy ways to give it a go. Keep in mind, you’ll want to start with a fresh-faced minimal makeup look so use just a touch of concealer where needed and foundation to perfect your complexion, add minimal blush for a natural looking glow and swipe on a natural-toned lip before tackling your eyes.
Here, some favorite, easy-to-do eye options:
- Use your eyeliner as a paintbrush and do dot liner, colorful wings, hearts, stars, or any abstract design of your own creation.
- Get creative with an eye palette that has multiple options in one and go mono or multi-chromatic.
- Fancy up your lashes with colorful mascara or even some cosmetic grade eye glitter if you’re feeling extra sparkly.
- Apply eye stickers or temporary tattoo eye makeup. There is zero skill required and no risk of smudging.
3 WAYS TO GET CREATIVE:
Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays ($48) is already a favorite among celebrity makeup artists. It features six highly pigmented, clay textured shadows in both matte and metallic finishes, and also includes a setting powder to create a variety of looks and keep your makeup in place for up to eight hours. Mix things up with your application techniques. Create a graphic line or design with a wet or dry eyeliner brush. Get a smudged look with the use of an eye shadow smudger, or add texture by applying your color with your fingertip in a tapping motion.
Kat Von D Ink Liner ($20) makes it extremely easy to create a multitude of looks thanks to the felt tip applicator that enables you to draw thin or thick lined looks, depending how you hold the pen. Use it on your lash line, extended past the outer corner of your eyes, between your lashes to thicken their look, or below your brows. Available in numerous shades including sea blue, olive, periwinkle and the more traditional liner shades like black, gray and navy.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20) has a precise, thin-tipped brush that allows you to draw fine lines, You can also hold it at an angle to cover your lids, or remove the wiper and tap it on wherever you please. Superfine glitter is formulated in a clear gel base and infused with peach and cucumber extract to condition the skin, and carrot extract to smooth and soften. It’s availably in seven sparkly shades including iridescent, silver, beige and bright purple, all with a quick dry-down and stay-put formula.
NOTE: Laura Mercier, Kat Von D and Urban Decay products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.