This week, let us look at Val84‘s question on eyeliners for women with lighter skin and eyes.
Question:“Hey Phyllis, I have blonde hair with fair skin and blue/green eyes and I am having trouble finding a color to line under my eyes. Black and brown eyeliners often drag my eyes down, making them look smaller and tired. I have tried everything but nothing works. Any suggestions?”
Answer:- Unless you are going for a rock chick look à la Avril Lavigne, black can be a bit too harsh against lighter skin. Some great alternatives are gunmetal/charcoal gray like MAC Knight Divine Eyeshadow, midnight blue, plum (this will make green eyes pop) or even olive. Brown would work too but you need to pick a honey shade with golden undertones and stay away from coppers or anything with red undertones.
You can also use a liner with a metallic finish/sparkles to keep the line from looking flat and to make your eyes pop. Rimmel London‘s new Underground line has a great collection of metallic pencil liners that will glide on easily without breaking the bank. Swatches here.
If all else fails, try considering defining the lower lash line by skipping eyeliner and using a mascara on your bottom lashes instead. This will still open up your eyes minus the harshness of an actual line. Just make sure you use a mascara that is water-proof to prevent smudges.