Oh how I would like to go away on an island holiday… Unfortunately I have to bring the island ‘feeling’ to myself as I won’t be taking a long holiday anytime soon (though I am going away for the weekend this coming weekend!). Coloured eye liner is an easy way to bring some colour into your everyday makeup look (especially in the warmer months). I wanted to use a bright blue which channelled the tropical warm waters found in the Pacific Ocean.
I got that ‘island feeling’!
While pale and bright blues aren’t traditionally a colour match made in heaven for pairing with green eyes, when I saw the NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands – I wanted to give it a go anyway because it just looked so damn gorgeous. Plus the name is just so well fitting! I’m such a rebel, I know 😛 NARS’ Eye Paints are an interesting product, because they are gel based cream eyeshadows slash eyeliners. Cream eyeshadows have to be very pigmented if you want to use them as eyeliners and these Eye Paints are just that – insanely pigmented!
The little pots of Eye Paints are quite small and very reminiscent of gel eyeliner pots. The cream slash gel product itself feels quite thin and dries pretty quickly (not to quickly though). I am just so so happy that when using this product as eyeliner, the cream does not go patchy or flaky. You can go over your original line numerous times, without worrying about the line looking uneven. It is incredibly long lasting. Regular eye makeup remover will not remove this baby (not even Bioderma will help you). You will have to reach for a waterproof, dual phase makeup remover (my pick is L’Oreal’s Dermo-Expertise Gentle Makeup Remover Waterproof). The odd thing though, is that while the eyeliner on my top eyelid doesn’t budge all day, it can slightly migrate onto my lower lash line. I think this could be just from blinking (if the product is in roots of your lashes on your top water line). It’s a little annoying, but manageable (I love the Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks for fixing up any stray makeup on the go).
How amazing is this colour?!
I used a cool toned brown eyeshadow in the crease of my eyelids to give my eyes some extra definition. Lashings of waterproof mascara help frame my eyes a little better (so that the intensity of the blue doesn’t wash me out).The rest of my makeup is quite simple and bronzed, so that the eyes stand out (as they should!). I used my bronzer as a face warmer rather than contouring in the traditional sense (so I used the bronzer on top of my cheeks where the sun would naturally hit, rather than below my cheekbones). I’ve been loving Benefit’s Box O’ Powder Blush in Dallas paired with bronzer. The dirty rose colour just adds enough colour to the cheeks, without competing with the bronzer.
Above: NARS Laguna Bronzer, Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara, Lanolips Lip Ointment in Dark Honey & Benefit Box O’ Powder Blush in Dallas.
Using the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush makes drawing liquid liner very easy. The brush itself is thin, perfectly angled and just so easy to use.
I’m so happy with the way this look turned out and I think it’s so fun and summery! I’d love to try and find a mid-toned purple liquid liner next (I know finding a pencil liner would be easier – but liquid liners tend to be more saturated in colour and pigmented). It’s to bad that NARS don’t do a light or mid-toned purple in the Eye Paints, because I am super impressed with the formula! The Eye Paints retail for $34 from Mecca Cosmetica here is Aus.
Are you a fan of coloured liner? Let me know what you think of this look!
Catch ya next times beauties,