Whether it's on the bottom like Emma Stone's, encircled all around like Hilary Swank's, or on the top, à la Diane Kruger, it's clear to see that turquoise eyeliner is having a moment. Personally, I love the way Diane smudged her blue-green liner at the base of her upper lids at Elle's 17th annual Women in Hollywood event last night. But what about you? Is this a look you'd adopt into your Fall 2010 beauty palette, or should this trend be left for the red carpet?
At the Easy A premiere last night, Emma Stone was wearing some truly awesome peacock-hued eyeliner on her lower lash line. It's a shade that's eye brightening and flattering no matter your irises' hue, and you don't have to be a liquid liner application expert or a spendthrift to get the look. To create the line, try a waterproof pencil like
Ulta Automatic Eye Liner in Teal Blue ($2) or an easy-to-use gel like L'Oréal HiP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Teal ($10). If you like Emma's metallic sheen, there's also Bourjois Metallic Eyeliner in Teal ($7). Pair the dazzling hue with a neutral cheek and lip for maximum effect. To check out any of the products above, just click on the images for more information.
In a sea of standard smoky eye/nude lip combinations at the Teen Choice Awards last night, two women stood out from the rest. First, Lea Michele walked the red carpet wearing shimmery green eye makeup. Then, later in the evening, Leighton Meester appeared at the show wearing this blue shade to accentuate her upper lash line. Get tips on how to re-create the look at home, straight from CoverGirl Makeup Artist Molly R. Stern, when you read more.
Who ever said that glittery makeup is only reserved for the middle-school crowd? At last night's New York premiere of Amelia, it definitely wasn't Hilary Swank. Wearing an unexpected silvery-blue shadow on both her upper and lower lash lines to coordinate with her steely blue-green gown, Hilary proves that sparkling, shimmery finishes don't have to look cheesy. In fact, the cool-based shade complements her brown eyes nicely. While the general rule of thumb is to pair a bold eye with a subdued lip, I'm all for breaking rules, but when glitter is involved, less is better. To find out some of my tips for wearing glittery liner when you read more.
It seems to me that the majority of makeup wearers opt for the fairly standard hues of brown or black. Pretty, but a bit boring, nonetheless. For New Year's Eve I went bold with a bright blue liner, and this got me to thinking about the rainbow of colors available beyond traditional shades.
While reds, oranges, and yellows are often saved for the runway or high fashion/high drama looks, here are some tips on how to wear shades on the cooler end of the spectrum:
- Bold blue: We know that blue-based red lipsticks can help neutralize the yellow cast in teeth, and did you know that blue eyeliner can help make your eyes pop? Who wouldn't want a little twinkle, eh? Recently, I chose a deeper hue for a sophisticated look with a richer contrast, applying Wet 'n' Wild Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Blue ($1.49) to the waterline of both my upper and lower lash lines. After smudging and setting with a navy shadow, I was off for evening cocktails. My friend said I looked well-rested. Wink wink.
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...and Padma and even Anne. In the most recent issue of Allure, I read a cool tip that Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi follows to create Sophia Loren-esque eyes. First, she starts by applying some black eyeliner to her lash line, then adds a blue liner on top. Simple, easy, and sexy — a classic look.
Usually, having any black and blue anywhere on my body is something I try to avoid, but we're talking Sophia Loren here, so I just had to try to duplicate this look. I began by drawing a winged out, heavy-on-the-outer-corners black line, then smudged on a deep navy liner powder. The results were dramatic, trendy, and oh-so 1960s chic.
Check out my list below to see what middle-priced liners I used. I've also included some drugstore and department store finds to guide you on achieving this look:
- Drugstore Finds — Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black ($3.49) and Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner, Navy Blue ($4.49)
- Mid-Priced Finds — Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer in Black Orchid ($12.50) and Bare Escentuals Liner Shadow in Midnight Sky ($13)
- Department Store Finds — Clarins Exotic Eyeliner in Black Magic ($22) and Guerlain Eye Pencil in Khol Me Blue ($27)
Welcome back to part three of my series on bright blue makeup. If you've missed the past posts, you can check out some beautiful blue-green and turquoise eye shadows here. Below are three electric aqua eyeliners great for creating anything from an edgy rock-star look to that of a playful party girl!
Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Drunk Dial (17.50) is a daring liquid teal blue eyeliner that is packed with glitter. The super-fine brush makes application easy, and it is formulated with good-for-you ingredients like soothing carrot and calming cucumber.
Wear it alone or on top of an already pencil-lined eye for increased intensity And if you think this name is cute, you should see the rest of them. Makeup can be so much fun!
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Blue eyeliner is still going strong this summer. This is one 80's look that I never thought would come back. According to Molly Roncal, a NYC Make Up artist, this trend isn't going anywhere either. So when you can't beat em, join em. Here are some FABulous blue hues.
Helpful hint: Only line the top of your eye. I said that the 80's look is back, but that doesn't mean that we are still living in the 80's so don't overdo it.
Nars Eyeliner Pencil In Kitty, $18, here
Make Up Forever Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Turquoise, $16, here