How to Use Colored Eyeliner for Summer
Summer ignites the feels for a lot of us. Cookouts, fireworks, campouts, pools…there’s a lot going on! We may have our classic wardrobe go-tos like some cute denim cut-offs and some new fun sandals, and we probably have our makeup go tos as well (nothing too heavy so it doesn’t slide off our faces in the heat!). But who says you have to stick to them? In the name of summer break and feeling free, here’s some ways to add some subtle color into your summer makeup routine.
Ok, the cat-eye is my number one fave of all-time. It’s no secret that this one always has me excited when I see it out or see it pop up on the Internet. This one needs a little bit of practice, but if you already feel comfortable doing the cat-eye, just switch it out for a color that complements your eyes, or one that you just want to try.
For brown eyes like Lily Aldridge, try an emerald, navy, or a super shimmery gold. For blue, gold or peachy hues will make those eyes pop. For hazel, try purple or navy. For green, go plum or burgundy. It’s all about using what you learned in your Intro to Arts class and using that color wheel. Look at the opposite of your eye color, and use those to bring out the best in your eye color. However, there are no rules if you just want to try your favorite color!
If you don’t want to commit to a full cat-eye of color, try using just a splash. I lined my eye with charcoal and then went back over the charcoal with an aqua blue in the corner to the center of my lid. I like to use MAC’s Prolongwear Fluidline in Midnight Snack for my grey, and I used LANCÔME Summer Swing Le Stylo Long Lasting Eyeliner Collection (Ulta.com) for my blue. I went out for the evening that night and it STAYED PUT! No black or blue smudges under my eyes at all.
Tightlining is not something I do everyday, but it is something I could do everyday (my allegiance goes to the cat-eye, sorry tightline!). Tightlining can be done with fun colors, or it can be done for an everyday look. Its purpose is to make your lashes look fuller without having the falsies. It involves lining your eyes right at the lashline and in between those lashes to fill in the gaps. It’s not necessarily putting the liner into the waterline, as it is more putting it into the lashline. For my tightline below, I only used purple on the bottom and didn’t use any other colors. Kerry Washington used a darker liner like a charcoal or a black on the top and then layered purple on top, along with tightlining it on the bottom of her eyes.
The same goes for Eva Mendes. The only thing different is she put a darker color like black in her waterline on the bottom, and then went back over her black with an aqua at the lashline.
Why add in black? It really makes your color stand out next to each other. If you notice, my purple looks pretty tame, but if I added in a black in my waterline, my purple would be a little bit more poppin’. When using any eyeliner in the waterline or lashline, it’s a must to get a water-resistant or waterproof liner like Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Deep Plum from Target.
Use your tightlining skills to line your lashes with a dark brown or black, and then get a metallic hue to go directly under your lashes with a color of your choice like January Jones did below.
I chose a bronzey-gold metallic since I have blue eyes, but remember you don’t have to have blue eyes to use this color! There’s nothing like a warm gold to go with summer. Try using Ulta’s very own $8 Metallic Automatic Eyeliner in Golden Eyes, or try their silver in Starlet.
Summer is about fun in the sun…top it off with some eyeliner to match your mood.