It's gonna get sappy up in here.
A few weeks ago, a reader, Élan, hit me up on Twitter, asking me to track down “pastel teal eyeliners that are perfect for caramel skin.” Well, ask and you shall receive. You know I got you.
I love when someone is ready and willing to try eyeliner in brighter colors. There are SO many colors out there, from brights to pastels, and more and more hitting the shelves every season. It seems like everyone is afraid to step away from their typical browns and blacks. Élan wanted to change that, and I wanted to help her.
I tracked down four of my favorite eyeliners, from the most pastel mint, to a true turquoise, all different formulas, from different brands. I hope this serves as a good jump off for her, and YOU, to find the perfect summer eyeliner.
I know what you’re thinking. “But Tynan, caramel skin? You’re like, really pale.” I know...thanks. That’s why I recruited four of my beautiful friends to help ~model~ the products and show just how well they work on darker skin tones. Wait until you see them, they’re all so hot. I can’t stand it.
I was so excited to shoot my friends in the eyeliners, but pretty scared to actually put the eyeliner onto them because I can barely apply liner onto my own eyes, let alone someone else’s. I had nightmares of being like “thank you SO much for helping me with my article. Sorry you’re blind, but, it did really well!” Don’t worry, they all still have their sight (I think.)
First up we have Zecháriah wearing Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Pool Boy, $16.
The OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils are an absolute dream. They apply smoothly with very little applied pressure, and glide along with no drag. The color payoff is amazing. Observe:
The creamy blue goes on matte, but is just creamy enough not to appear drying or flaky. The liner is pretty cooperative, if you want to smudge it out or need to correct your line, you can do so without doing the whole eye over again.
I am a big, big fan of Pool Boy on Zecháriah. The color basically leaps off of her skin.
Next we have T.J. in Stila’s Waterproof Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Turquoise, $20.
This is probably my favorite liner in terms of application. The long, skinny, flexible felt tip makes this a great option for newbies and pros alike. The tip lays right down against your lash line and glides freely, leaving a trail of even color behind. You can make the line as thin or as thick as you like, which makes this great for the perfect cat eye. Plus, it would be significantly harder to gouge your eye out with this applicator, which is always something I like to take into consideration.
The color is a little bit more muted than I was expecting, but when applied, pops off the skin as a beautiful mint. The Stila Liquid Liner goes on easy, and stays where you put it. TJ applied this once and it looked great, but then she went over it again to make the line a little more pronounced for the photos and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Stila’s Waterproof Stay All Day Liquid Liner comes in 15 beautiful colors that are just begging me to play around with them (PARADISE PINK omg.)
Next we’ve got Rian wearing the NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street, $24.
This is my favorite one of the bunch. It’s a true, cool minty green and it is BEAUTIFUL. When I die, I want to be reincarnated into this eyeliner.
It’s a twist up liner so you’ll never be caught with a dull stick and no sharpener, which is a bonus. This would be the ideal liner for darker shades if you’re looking for a subtle smudge or a full smoky eye. The Larger Than Life liner takes a steady hand and little bit of patience, as the super light color showcases any mistakes much more easily than a dark liner would, but the end result is more than worth it. Just look at Rian!
And because I can’t stand not being the center of attention and also because I think I need to include a photo of myself in this article, here I am serving it up in Barrow Street.
Turns out, Monica wears the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon every day, only in black! So clearly this was written in the stars.
The Highliner Gel Crayon takes all the great things about a gel pot eyeliner and turns it out in the form of a stick. Because of this, the application is effortless. The liner takes to the eye, even your tightline, with very little pressure, and then dries down without budging a bit, making you look like a liner expert no matter what your skill level. The gel is highly pigmented so this teal, along with the other 14 colors, will look vivid on any skin tone, though I am very partial to how this teal looks on Monica.
Had I known that all of my friends would outshine me in the babe territory, I would not have agreed to write this article. BUT, I hope I helped Élan find the liner of her dreams, or at least gave her a great place to start. Which liner is your favorite? Do you use any of the ones mentioned? Are you wearing bright eyeliner? What kind?
Do YOU have any beauty questions for me? Throw them in the comments, tweet me, shoot me an email, or just cyber stalk me and I'll do my best to help you out!
Tynan is answering all of your burning questions on Twitter @TynanBuck.