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How to wear colourful eyeliner

1-Choose an eyeliner or brow pencil in a colour close to your natural hair colour.
2-Mark the inside edge of your brow. Hold the pencil vertically and line up the inside edge of your eye to the outside of your nose. Place a dot on that line on your brow bone. This is where your eyebrow will start.
3-Mark the outside edge of your brow. Hold the pencil on a slant to line up the outside corner of your eye to the outside of your nose. Place a dot on that line on your brow bone. This is where your eyebrow will end.
4-Mark your arch. Hold the pencil and line up the middle of your pupil with the outside of your nose. Place a dot on that line on your brow bone. This will be the highest part of the arch in your eyebrow, or you can do a less arched, straighter brow if you prefer.
5-Create an outline. Using the dots, lightly outline the shape that your eyebrow will take.
6-Fill in the brow. Using tiny, feathery lines, fill in your eyebrows. Using many tiny lines will result in a more natural look if drawing on completely, and give a fuller look if simply darkening or defining brows.
Coloured eyeliner can really make or break a makeup look. If applied correctly, it can add drama and interest to a neutral look, or complement an already dramatic, colourful look. Coloured eyeliner can also be used to add drama to an already colourful look, or when paired with a brighter shade of the shadow used on the lid can bring a look to life.
1-Pick the right colour. Go beyond your favourite colour and pick a colour that compliments both your eyes and your outfit.


• Try not to outperform the colour of your natural eyes by using the same colour as your iris. For example: If your eyes are blue, grey or silver is a smarter option over a matching blue. If your eyes are hazel, opt for a colour that’s mostly brown but has a pop of green. Staying away from a pure green eyeshadow will prevent the makeup from overpowering your eyes, that is, showing people how plain they may be.
• Opposites attract. For example use a warm purple, lavender or pink if you have brown eyes. If you have blue eyes, use bronze, or rusty coloured eyeliner. Look at a colour across from your eyes on the colour wheel. Pick a colour adjacent to the opposite for optimum pop.

2-Do not overwhelm your look with garish or childish colours. Draw attention to your natural eye colour by using similar eyeliner to shade the inner rims of your lower lids.
• For example, if you have blue eyes, use a deep pearl blue; for grey eyes, use a matte silver; for green eyes, use olive green, for hazel eyes, use dark brown; and for brown eyes, use a rust colour.

3-Choose your formula. With many different formulas available, texture matters. If you’re a novice, use a pencil or gel liner as liquids are reserved for the more seasoned-users.

• Maximise your control with pencils. This is especially useful when rimming your inner lash line with a firm hand.
• Add a dramatic line with liquids as they are easily layered to become a thicker line. Liquids need a steady hand for application but give you the most pigment. Pens are easier to apply, and dry faster, but give less pigment.
• Gels glide on smoothly and evenly. Gels are often used a stepping stone from simple pencil to difficult liquid, as the look is often very intense and the gel allows smooth application
• A mixing medium (water), and a angled brush can be used to make any coloured eyeshadow into a matching liner.
4- Embrace your choice. If you find something that looks amazing and you feel great about it, go for it! Research pictures of people with similar eye colour and see what works for them and test whether you feel comfortable with the same look.
• Stay comfortable. It may look better in the magazine and that’s okay. Start slow and stay comfortable. Feeling in your element is more important than pushing your limits.

5-Keep the rest of your makeup simple. When wearing coloured liner, apply very subtle eye makeup.  You don’t want your face to conflict with your eyes, so keep your face makeup minimal. Perhaps skip blush and go for a strong highlight and contour.
• For example, you wouldn’t want to wear blue eyeshadow, with bright pink blush and red lipstick.
• Let people focus on your liner. You don’t want the eyeliner to be a distraction from your pink lips and crazy hair, but rather, a statement and focal point to your look.


6-Get close to the lash line. Coloured eyeliner really works best when it is as close as possible your lash line. Try to prevent skin showing between your lashes and liner. Start by lining your way from the top inner corner, line as close to the lash line as possible. Work your way outwards and use smaller strokes to create an even effect. Next, do the bottom line in the opposite direction. Start from the outside corner of your eye and gently stroke inwards to your desired location.

• Start small if you feel overwhelmed. First, line your eyes with a soft black pencil. After your liner looks great, line your eyes with your coloured pen. Line the coloured pen right atop the black. Afterwards, take a cotton swab and gently smudge the two liners together. You’ll end up with a richer shade nearing on black. This will help give you a small amount of colour without it being too obnoxious or gaudy.
• Move the liner rather than your head to get a clean, even line. Also, resist the urge to pull your eyelid back taut, because when you release it the line will be rippled and ugly.
7-Keep the line thin and precise. It’s easier to add to your lined eyes rather than remove the liner. If you’re unsure, keeping the line thin and precise is a good way to see if you can pull it off. After you’ve mastered your first look, expand to other styles such as cat eye, double winged or smudged kohl.
• Cotton swabs are your best friend. Remove excess eye makeup cleanly to prevent smudges.

• Never slather the colour on, and never wear it all the time (if you really want a special effect). The less you see of something, the more valuable it becomes. If you’re wearing eyeliner for a special someone, or a group of friends, be tasteful about the amount.
8-Have fun with bold looks. Update your look by experimenting with different colour combinations.
• Navy blue and grey is one of easiest to pull off because it presents a smoky look during the day. Lightly swipe the navy on your lids and the grey in the creases.
• Use purple and brown to complement each other. Use your fingers to blend the colours together as both look good either on the lids or creases. Try what works best for you. Similarly, use turquoise and green during warm weather for a bright summer look. For that all around sun-kissed look, use bronze and peach.
Important tips:
• Certain coloured eyeliners are better for different shaped or coloured eyes. For example, wearing dark blue eyeliner can make eyes look bigger due to the fact that it makes the whites look brighter. Use coloured eye liners to make your eyes look more open.
• Wear white eyeliner on your bottom lash line and in your inner corners to help make your eyes stand out.
• Only use products meant for your eyes as lipstick or other facial products can be damaging to your eye.
• Don’t wear your coloured eyeliner too thick as it can make your eyes disappear. It can also makes you look tired.

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