Sometimes I feel like a bad beauty writer because, honestly, I rarely step out of the box. While I love pouring over magazines and blogs to find out about new products and beauty trends, I’ve been rocking the same bold lip/simple eye look for years. This season, it looks like that all might change. I’ve been seeing a lot of gorgeous girls with colourful, graphic eye makeup lately, and I’m itching to let my eyes do the talking as well. I’m not sure when I’ll be taking the plunge in public (change takes time), but I’ve been actively experimenting. Mostly, I’ve been emulating looks from the Fall/Winter 2012 runways, which were surprisingly colourful. Here are the trends I’m having the most fun with:
Bright Eyeshadow: I’m not talking about a sweep of shimmering lilac. I’m talking matte greens, yellows and blues applied all the way to the crease. I love how modern bright shadows are without any mascara, as was the look at Dries Van Noten. MAC Eye Shadow in Orange matches this colour pretty well, but I’ve also been using a matte green shade for fun. With shadow this intense, just be sure to cover your lids with concealer first to give the pigments staying power. (MAC Eye Shadow in Orange, $18)
Pop Art Wings: I’ve long been a fan of the classic cat eye, so this seems like a simple transition. The little dot under the lower lash line at Anna Sui is perhaps a little much for every day wear, but I love the shape and cobalt colour. Makeup artist Pat McGrath used CoverGirl’s LiquilineBast Eyeliner in Blue Boom and Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Indigo Impact to get the full look, however I’ve had great results using the liner on its own. (CoverGirl LiquilineBast Eyeliner in Blue Boom, $10, available at Well.ca)
Coloured Mascara: Pink mascara seems so ridiculously ‘80s, but it just seemed to work at the Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture show. I haven’t seen pink mascara on sale anywhere (I’m sure that’ll change in the spring, since it was also featured at Donna Karan’s Spring/Summer 2013 show), but I’ve been pushing my limits by using Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash in Plum. It’s obviously a lot subtler, but I don’t think I’m ready for hard stuff anyway. I’d recommend it to all my other brown-eyed girls. (Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash in Plum, $25, available at Sephora)
By: Allyssia Alleyne, Toronto
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