In her new weekly column, beauty contributor Andrea Karr tries the latest products on the market to give you the real deal on what to try and why. Check back every Wednesday for her take on the finds worth adding to your makeup bag.
We saw every kind of eyeliner application on the runways over the past few seasons (classic wings, graphic cat eyes, under the lower lash only, extra thick), in every hue imaginable (cobalt at Moschino Cheap + Chic, jade at Stella McCartney, orange, yellow and lime at Kenzo, white at Moschino, black at Dolce & Gabbana, magenta at Donna Karan). We’ve selected a few of our favourites techniques—all subtle yet eye-catching—and have picked three amazing liners that will help you to achieve utterly wearable versions of the looks.
This season isn’t only about black eyeliner; Icy neons and pastels are also having their moment. We love the new Periwinkle liner from Stila’s spring collection—a fresh and utterly wearable shade verging on electric. With such a scene-stealing hue, skip a winged shape in favour of a thick line along the upper lashes that ends at the outer corner of each eye.
For a candy-coloured daytime look, dust a little shadow in pastel pink, green or purple along your lower lash line in addition to your vibrant liner, as seen at Emilio de la Morena Spring 2013 (above).
Hard Candy Stroke Of Gorgeous Waterproof Felt Tip Eyeliner won’t smudge—not even a little bit! $5 at Walmart.
Eyeliners formulated like Sharpie markers really are the best, and Hard Candy’s version—a steal at only $5—is the best of the bunch. It’s ideal for creating a graphic look because it’s not runny the way liquid liners can be, and will dry quickly and stay put all day without migrating to your crease—no shadow or primer necessary. The only downfall: It’s not blendable, so you can’t rub away your mistakes.
For a cool take on a classic cat eye, try the edgy look worn at Aquascutum Fall 2012 (above).
Lise Watier Crayon Kajal in Noir Bleu is specially formulated for drawing along the waterline, $17 at lisewatier.ca.
Tightlining: It’s an eyeliner application technique usually done with a black or navy pencil where you draw your liner on your waterline (the area just below your top and just above your bottom eyelashes) to help fill in gaps, making your lashes appear fuller. Since this area is often moist, you need a really great pencil to get the job done. We love Lise Watier’s Crayon Kajal, which is comes in a waterproof formula and a texture designed specifically for the waterline. Plus, purple-tinged navy Noir Bleu shade really brings out the whites of the eyes.
Only line the bottom lashes, as seen at Stella McCartney Spring 2013 (above), for an unexpected twist.
See last week’s test drive: How do I get this season’s matte face?