2 years ago
We’ve talked about eyeliner looks before on She Said Beauty, but here’s the thing about liner: there isn’t just one way to wear it. A great example of how eyeliner can make “trendy” colours super-wearable was the makeup at the recent AW12 Christian Dada show at Tokyo Fashion Week, where MAC made metallic greens remarkably easy to wear.
[ the eyes ]
The eyes for this look can be done in two steps: the eyeshadow, then the liner.
Start with the eyeshadow. This look can be done with just about any neutral eyeshadow combination, but I like to pair my metallics with mattes, to make the liner stand out a bit more.
To begin, apply an eye primer, then take a nude matte eyeshadow (your skintone or one shade lighter) right from the lashline to brows, evening out any lid discolouration or darkness. Finish the eyeshadow by blending a minimal amount of a matte medium brown into the outer 1/3 (for monlids and/or close-set eyes) or the crease and outer “v” (for double lids).
Then, add your liner. To get a deep, metallic finish, try layering a metallic eyeliner overtop a black liquid liner - the result will be more darker and more intense than the metallic liner on its own. To help get both sides as even as possible, start with a thin line on both eyes, then gradually thicken the lines to a dramatic swoop.
The green featured in this look is Marcelle Lux Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Jade, but the MAC equivalent (likely featured in the runway look) would be MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Treat Me Nice.
To finish up the eye look, fill in the eyebrows with a brow powder, curl lashes, and add 1-2 coats of mascara. If needed, brighten the undereye area with a concealer and/or hilighter to disguise dark circles.
[ the skin ]
To keep the focus on the eyes, create a smooth, “bare” canvas for the rest of the look. Start with a primer, add a thin layer of foundation, and pat a minimal amount of nude lipstick into the lips. Then, to add shape, sculpt the cheekbones with a matte powder blush, and add highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, middle of the nose, and cupid’s bow if desired.
Our picks: Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling, MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna.