I think it’s safe to say that most of us get pretty stuck in our routines, whether it’s our makeup, our skincare, our exercise, you name it. And I get it, what’s easier than using the same products, the same colours, the same textures? You’ll always get the same results and when it’s 7 a.m. before work and you didn’t necessarily get enough beauty sleep, this is comforting.  However, I’m calling an intervention. If I told you there were ways to shake it up while still looking subtle, would I, just maybe, spark your interest?

I don’t know what came over me that day. It’s all a blur. No, it’s not, it was about a week ago and I had too much time on my hands. But weirdly enough, I grabbed for a purple Physician’s Formula pencil from my abandoned makeup stash, and well, went to the races. I lined both the upper and lower lash lines, then blended a ton with a little sponge, then went over the purple haze with a brown liner, and back again with the purple. I guess you could say I created a super simple smokey eye within minutes and using practically no technique whatsoever. And, though I hate to admit it, all of those teen magazines that told me that purple brings out brown eyes really is true. I mean, I don’t have pretty hazel eyes or coppery eyes. No. Brown eyes. I’d never call them unique or anything. But against the purple, they just looked more… interesting. I was sold (however I promptly broke the pencil after shooting it for the blog).

A few days following this technicolor revelation, I found myself checking out on with a turquoise sparkled, navy blue eyeliner  pencil in my cart. What!? This sounded like a bad grade six school dance makeover waiting to happen. Let me explain myself. I was watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Vivianna Does Makeup, as she listed her festival beauty must-haves (she also made a corresponding PDF packing list, she’s a genius). I noticed that her eyes looked different, they were more defined, but not obviously so. She later said that she had used a new liner– Urban Decay’s 24/7 in LSD, a sparkling blue. I had to have it. While I can’t say it’s as pretty on my eyes as it was on Vivianna’s greeny-brown eyes, I still love mixing it with a brown. It’s unexpected, and adds dimension.

When thoroughly blended, I think coloured liners can work on anyone, for any occasion. While there’s certainly specific colours that work better on certain eye colours, I don’t see why that should restrict anyone from playing around with what the colour wheel’s got to offer. Heck, the other day I saw a video of Kat Von D using green liner, and it looked awesome. Awesome enough that I might spend this weeks allowance on a minty pencil of my own.

Anna Raponi

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