Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that my makeup game has improved vastly since I finished uni. Something to do with having more disposable income, a little more time to play around, and reasonable lighting maybe? But something I’ve always done is eyeliner. From the age of about 12, when I bought my first black, pencil liner from The Body Shop and wore it on my eyes, smudged on my lips (why) and to shade in my non-existent eyebrows, eyeliner has always been there for me. I love it. Til death do us part.
In fact, doing winged liner in under a minute is one of my greatest skills. I do it almost every day, and this summer, a modified version of a classic cat-eye has been to go-to look. As much as I would love to be one of those people who can just pop on a bold red lip and go, in the summer my upper lip sweat has exactly zero chill, making anything that could smudge around that area a hard pass for me.
I first wore this look as a last-ditch attempt to look pulled together and vaguely summer-y on the way to meet Dan’s mum for breakfast, as I was wearing an all black ensemble on what was the hottest day of the year. I’ve worn it plenty of times since, and it looks great with everything, especially paired with my new favourite trousers from Uniqlo.
You can use any bright liner for this look, but I chose to use a liquid lipstick, as I love any products that can act as a two in one. I’ve tried the Urban Decay liquid eyeliners (great staying power but slightly watery) and the NYX Vivid Brights range (did not last on my skin, at all), but I already have so many shades of liquid lipstick I know I’m not going to get through, this seemed like a perfect meeting of thrift and fancy.
Draw on your usual liner with a black or brown, but stop halfway across your lid. Draw in the remaining line with your bright colour, to keep it really wearable. Don’t go all the way to the inner corner, and finish with dark mascara. It’s most noticeable when blinking or looking down, so it gives a really nice hint of colour, rather than a smack in the face.
If you’re trying this at home, make sure whatever product you choose to use is safe for your eyes. The first time I did this I didn’t check, but I’m not any more blind than I was in the first instance, so I’m calling it a win for me.
I used a bright, neon orange. I love for summer as it’s bold and unique, without being too conspicuous. Perfect for people who are just getting into experimenting with something a little different, it’s not too in your face, but it’s definitely getting there.
I also matched my whole face with a peachy tone on my cheeks. I used the same product on my lips as I did my eyes, just applied very lightly with my fingers to give a stain effect, rather than a fully opaque, polished look.
I hope you liked this look, give me a shout if you tried it!
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Bengal Tiger
Colourpop Pressed Powder Duo in The Knockout – Excuse my French
Trousers from Uniqlo