I came across an article in the September issue of Allure magazine regarding bright liners written by Elizabeth Siegel. She had interviewed Francois Nars on this exact topic and he gave many suggestions on how to wear bright jewel toned eyeliner in a sexy, and flattering way for fall. (I will post a few of his suggestions below)
Fall is a great time to incorporate rich jewel tones into your makeup routine. Although at first glance colors like teal, cobalt, emerald, and deep violet may seem too vibrant to wear as eyeliner for the daytime, they are universally flattering and a great way to spice up your makeup for chillier weather. I’ve always been a fan of eyeliner, and ever since discovering MAC’s fluidline a few years ago, I’ve been trying all different colors of eyeliner to see which colors worked best with my skin tone and eye color (brown). After experimenting with various colors, I’ve also found that deep jewel tones look just as great as black or brown eyeliner, perhaps even better. They bring focus to your eyes, and make them a primary feature of your face without being too stark.
Colors to Try:
- Blue - Nars says that he, “loves tracing blue close to the lash line and then lining the lower rim with a deeper blue.” If that’s too much color, you can try to layer is over black or gray liner/shadow for a more subtle effect.
2. Green or Emerald - “green enhances the cool tones in blue or green eyes and makes brown eyes seem more playful.” I think emerald, or a forest green would work better than a bright green if you’re just starting out with color liners, it’s much easier to pull off for the daytime.
I LOOOOOOOVE Dark Envy! When I’m not feeling black or brown, I’m using this color. It’s a forest green with black tones so it’s subtle but enough color to make your eyes pop.
3. Purple or Violet - Nars believes that purple is universally flattering, and is the easiest among the jewel tones to wear. He states, “it’s fun to take a classic shape, such as a cat-eye, and draw it in purple instead of black.”
- Pencils: find ones that are creamy enough to glide across the lid, and have a hint of sheen. Great for those just starting out with bold liner because it’s very easy to control with your hand.
- Liquid liner: takes the most precision and practice to master. Although this is the case, liquid liner has the best staying power so it’s worth practicing with liquid liner. Personally I think felt tipped liquid liners are not that challenging to work with, they’re almost the same as using a brush with cream liner.
- Creams and gels: although it’s often suggested that beginners use a flat, square brush to apply cream liner, I have found that the MAC 209 Eyeliner Brush works better with cream liners because it’s more precise and much easier to maneuver on smaller eyes so if you make a mistake you can just go over with a smoother line.
- Eye shadows: you can also use eye shadow and just skip an eye liner product altogether if you want. Use a small smudge brush like the MAC 214 Short Shader Brush, dampen it first then dip it into the shadow and draw overlapping dashes into the lash line. If it’s too dark, blend it out with a small blending brush or just make longer sweeping strokes with the small smudge brush until the desired effect is achieved.
Happy Eye lining!