This one is a big kahuna. As always, it’s so exciting when I get a delivery from Dior.
Gel liners delivered in the form of pencils are all the buzz these days– not a concept I was completely on board with. Why? Well, the reason I gravitate towards gel liners in the first place is to capture the precision of an angled brush paired with the pot of liner. But come to think of it, liquid liner pens are also fabulous for super thin lines and graphic flicks. Continue reading GEL LINER PENS // BENEFIT VS. HOURGLASS
Flicked liner is an acquired skill that you’ll only improve at with time and practice. And even for the pros, a few (of like twenty…) Bioderma-soaked Q-tips are a necessity to keep on hand for every application. I’ve streamlined my method into three easy steps, hopefully offering any rookies or even regular wearers some helpful advice for this intimidating endeavour.
With your pen, draw an approximately 1.5 cm line in continuation with your bottom lash line, moving outwards, aiming for the very, very point of the ideal end of your brow. Keep the line as thin as possible, cleaning up with your handy-dandy Q-tips if necessary.
Line your upper lash line as per usual, going as far into the corners as is most flattering for your face (I typically like to go right into my inner corner. Keep this line thin as well, hugging very closely to the lash line. Smooth out any bumps with your Q-tips.
Using the very tip of your liner pen, make a smooth line connecting from a quarters way out from your lash line to about halfway through your flick. Fill in any spaces inside the triangle you’ve just created.
Use the Q-tip to sharpen the final line.
Not gonna lie here…pretty obsessed with this collection. I was so excited when I received them.
The packaging itself is beautiful–when I pulled the eyeliner out of the envelope I squealed with delight, I mean, how gorgeous! Light pink and minimalist gold lettering? Come onn. Plus, the little pink suede pouch for the cheek and lip compact is so luxe, and that’s not even mentioning what is actually inside!
Every single one of these products are amazing, but let me break them down for you:
Lipstick in Red Velvet: Glides on like a dream, and applies as a sheer, but buildable, blue-based red. No sparkles, no glitter, no nothing; just colour. Exactly what I like in a red lip.
Lip Gloss in Golden Kiss: A sheer nude gloss with flecks of gold. Not my usual cup of tea colour-wise, but this non-sticky gloss makes it easy to get your J.Lo on.
Cool Gel Eyeliner in Gilt: You maybe recognize this little wonder from last week’s Beauty Panel challenge on metallics. This eyeliner is my new obsession for adding a je ne sais quoi element to your everyday face. I love lining my waterline, tightline and inner corners with it for adding subtle sparkle and drawing attention to the eye. But, you could totally use it à la Lenny Kravitz in The Hunger Games.I love it combined with a red lip for a quick and festive holiday look.
Multi Colour Duo for Lip and Cheek: This is the perfect palette for adding quick polish to a lazy weekend face, or for adding some radiance. On one side is a warm golden highlighter, and on the other is a nudey creme blush. They give great washes of colour that you can easily build up for more opacity. Smudge it on eyelids, cheeks and lips for a quick glow. Great to bring a long if you’re staying somewhere else for the holiday, and want to cut down on items in your makeup bag. Could easily be paired with any of the items in this collection.
I was scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard, as a sixteen year-old girl does, when I came across the most perfect flick I’ve ever seen. EVER. If you can disregard her Arizona Muse-esque brows (le sigh) and her gorgeous green eyes, you can truly appreciate the cat eye. I mean, be honest now, we all know very well how f***ing hard an even pair of cat eyes is to paint on. So anyways, after about ten minutes of staring in sheer awe, I summoned my mother for a trip to the MAC counter, where I literally told the sales lady “I need your blackest and most waterproof eyeliner here” (I’m not big on small talk). She totally picked up on my forwardness and simply opened a drawer and handed me a tiny black box. No questions asked, just like that. At the checkout, she mentioned that I best have a strong remover for this one. Pfft, ya, I had my Bioderma, I was good.
NO. I was far from good. Good was not even in sight. Good was on a whole other planet. This product does not go away (in the best way possible). I showered, I washed my face, I steamed my face, I scrubbed with my Bioderma. The cat eye won’t leave me alone. The lady was right, and I needed to pay her another visit. But for logic’s sake, let me tell you about the liner itself.
It truly is the blackest liner I’ve ever used. It kind of reminds me of tar in that way– it’s also goopy (so make sure you take the excess product off the brush before you dive in). I’m not a huge fan of the brush, I really prefer the foam tip ones. Aside from that, this stuff will give you great pigmentation, it quite literally will not transfer or go anywhere once it’s dried, and well, it’s a great liner. That being said, it being ridiculously hard to remove is a pain in the ass when you can’t swipe on a perfect flick on the first try. This lead to many mornings of frustration and too many black-stained Q-Tips.
So, I went back to visit the MAC lady to admit that I did need her remover. Just as simply as our last encounter, she grabs the pink bottle and takes me to the cash. I eagerly whip open the bottle when I get home, to see if this stuff actually works. Once again, this lady knows what she’s talking about. The oily solution wipes away eye makeup like it ain’t nobodies business. It’s even beat out my old-faithful Bioderma for the top spot.
So ya, I really had to work with this duo for a bit to figure it all out, but for a solid cat eye, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
That’s where these eyeliners come into play. Not your usual black and brown, Smashbox’s Always Sharp liners in French Navy and Violetta are a switch from the predictable but are dark enough that they’re still subtle. The colours are very complimentary to any eye colour and they have the slightest amount of very finely milled glitter in them, to highlight your eyes but not in a sparkly eyeshadow way. The creamy waterproof formula makes them a dream for application (no tugging and easy to smudge), plus, the cap is genius in that it will self-sharpen your eyeliner everytime you remove the cap to apply (I’ll be honest–in the morning rush of 10 minutes I get to apply skincare/makeup, I ditched my dull brown eyeliner when I couldn’t find the sharphener and reached for these, just sitting on my vanity, waiting for me to try them).
So go on, be daring! Or lazy! However you look at it.
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 sephora.com 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.