This fall, designers cut their ties to basic black eyeliner in favor of bold color. Peacock, turquoise, emerald, sapphire or violet, color eyeliner is the must-add-to-the-makeup-bag item this season. To be on trend, eyeliner is well-defined, crisp, and not blended. Pair color eyeliner with a bright lip and slightly flushed cheek. The rest of the face should look bare.
Achieving a precise and even eyeliner look can be daunting for the professional makeup artist, and strike fear in the heart of the average woman. For ease of application and daring color choices, I love gel eyeliners. Gel eyeliners take a little longer to dry than a liquid which allows time to clean up mistakes and even out lines. Once the gel liner is dry, the color is vibrant and does not fade. My favorite gel eyeliner on the market is by Enid’O Cosmetics.
To master the application, all you need is an angled semi-stiff synthetic brush and some pointed Q-tips. Start by making small dashes along the lash line, no further out from the corner of the eye than a ¼ inch, and then connect the dashes to make a line. Use your pointed Q-tip to even out the edges of the lines, so both eyes match. If you want more vibrancy out of the gel eyeliner, wait for the first coat to dry then take your brush and press on a second coat. When pressing on the second coat do not sweep the brush from side to side, press down onto the first coat then pull the brush up and off. Practice applying the gel eyeliner right before bed. There is less pressure to be perfect because you will be washing your face anyway.
If structured eye makeup is not your forte, then you can use gel eyeliners to update your beloved smoky eye by using a metallic color in a gunmetal, sage green or flesh tone gold. Dab the gel liner on your eyelid and quickly blend it across the lid and up to the crease. Next, use an angled semi-stiff synthetic brush to sweep the gel eyeliner along the lash line under your eye. I would not recommend using gel liner on your eye’s waterline because it can run into the eye. If you like a dark waterline as part of your smoky eye look, use a pencil liner. The trend for this season is to accompany your smoky eye with a light colored lipstick as opposed to a nude one.