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.
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