Spring is here and it is in full effect!
With the arrival of warm days, I find I want to lighten and brighten up my make up both in color and the amount worn. A fun and easy way to do this is to change your eyeliner to a brighter color. Before you say "I could never wear something like that", I urge you to read the steps below. (**You'll see that by blending a darker shadow into the colored eyeliner it makes a bold color flattering enough to wear every day.)
Begin this look with a very neutral eye make up or possibly no eye make up at all.
Draw a line with the pencil across the top of the eyelid and 2/3 of the way across the lower lash line.
Using the end of the 242 brush gently smudge the edge of the eyeliner on the upper eyelid and lower lash line.
Any time I use a pencil eyeliner, there is almost always a small space between the lashes and the pencil eye liner (look at the first set of pictures).
**Using a 266 brush and a dark eye shadow (black, navy, deep purple, etc.) draw a thin line just above the lashes. This is just to fill in the small space. Also add a small line of dark eye shadow about 1/3 of the way across the lower lash line.
Gently soften the line of dark eye shadow using the 266 or the 242 brush. This should not make the dark shadow line thicker, but instead it will be blending it into the pencil liner. Use the same technique to blend along the lower lashes.
Add mascara and your look is finished.
This next look just oozes with spring colors because of the green liner and the pink tint on the lips and cheeks!
I followed the same steps as the above look. The only step I left out was not adding the dark shadow to the lower lashes.
If you don't know what eyeliner color to wear 2013's color of the year, Emerald Green would be perfect. It's a universally flattering color on all skin tones, plus it has just enough oomph to make a statement, without being too over bearing.
When using a pencil liner make sure it has a nice slip to it (if possible test it on your hand before you purchase it). The skin around the eye area is delicate and you don't want the pencil to pull or tug the skin while you're trying to draw a line. I recently discovered these eyeliners from Sephora. This is the turquoise eyeliner I used in the first look. They are really creamy, but they will "set" and become waterproof after they've been on your skin for a few minutes.
I'd love to know if you try this look and how you're brightening up your make up this spring?