Rock coloured eyeliner like a pro

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

As seen at fashion week and on ‘cool’ kids online, one thing is clear – bright eye make-up is back and bolder than ever! Whether it’s a subtle wash of pink eyeshadow to create ‘sunset eyes’ or vivid blue liquid eyeliner, bold make-up is having a moment.

Worried that bright eyeliner will transform your daily make-up look from fresh and feminine to stuck-the-80s much? We’ve got some tips and tricks to help ease you into wearing coloured eyeliner.

1. Be yourself

If you prefer your daily make-up to be simple and clean, stick to subtle shades such as pale blues and lilacs rather than selecting the brightest eyeliner you can find.

2. Stick to what you know

Never worn liquid liner before? Then stick to classic black or brown when you attempt it for the first time. When shopping for coloured eyeliners, stick to a formula you are comfortable using such as a pencil or kohl liner.

3. Get graphic

If you love a perfect cat eye as much as we do, then you will know that the cleaner the line the more beautiful your eye make-up will look. Coloured eyeliner is no different. Keep your bold liquid or gel liner close to the lash line and create a neat line that has a slight feline flick rather than a full cat eye.

4. Keep it simple…

If you’re new to the colour make-up squad, make your bold eyeliner the main focus and keep the rest of your look simple. Pair your liner with subtle cheek and lip colours – or throw caution to the wind and do some blush draping and add your favourite lippie.#YOLO

5. Select a complementary shade

Just like you would with other eye make-up, select an eyeliner shade that suits your skin tone and eye colour. Rather than selecting a shade that is close to your eye colour, go for a complementary shade that will really make your eye colour pop.

Eyeliners we love:

Catrice Kohl Kajal in shade 150 Purple Du Soleil, R39.95

Essence Kajal Pencil in shade 24 Pretty in Fuchsia, R19.95

Rimmel ScandalEyes Bold Waterproof Liquid Liner, R109,95

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner, R320

NYX Crystal Gold Micro-Glitter Liner, R90

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    This is amazing, haven’t tried any other colour than black on my eyes so will definitely be trying this out soon!

    2 months ago •

  1. Yanke Slabbert

    I would like to try a new eyeline color, it seems fun and edgy! Which color eyeliner would you recommend to make brown eyes pop (i also have dark brown hair)?

    4 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hey Beauty! Blue eye make-up has been all over the runway. Ease into the trend and try a navy liner. It’ll bring out the golden flecks in your eyes. xo

      4 months ago •

  1. Loren-Lee Naidoo

    Eyeliner is something I never go without. Try your black everyday liner with one line of a different colour. It really transforms the look.

    4 months ago •

  1. Rachel Ward

    I struggle with this so bad. I can barely do black winged eyeliner never mind colour. But practice makes perfect. It would be so cool if the website could offer tutorials? I would totally watch

    5 months ago •

  1. Robyn Skevington

    Silver eyeliner has been a favourite of mine for almost a year (even though it’s not really coloured eyeliner.)
    I’ve recently acquired a pink eyeliner from Bourjois and I can’t wait to start using it!

    5 months ago •

  1. SonellvN

    I have always been afraid of using coloured liner. I might just give it a go this summer.

    5 months ago •

  1. Pixie Dust

    I am loving the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Gel liner. Can’t wait to try the liquid liner!

    5 months ago •

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