Spotted on Gigi Hadid and Yara Shahidi, colourful eyeliner is making a bold and somewhat unexpected comeback. The key to keeping it fresh? Application and placement. Whereas the ‘80s saw heavy, smudged liner sketched below the waterline, now, it’s all about focusing your attention on the inner and outer corners of the eye.
Take Gigi’s latest make-up moment, for instance. Legendary make-up artist Patrick Ta applied neon orange liner in a ‘V’ shape to the inner corners of her eyes. The results? A dramatic flash of colour that makes Gigi’s blue eyes pop. To keep it modern, Ta finished the look with a soft taupe shadow swept across the eyelids and brushed-up, fluffy brows.
For make-up artist (and lover of colourful liner) Katie Jane-Hughes, the trick to nailing this trend is to keep the rest of your make-up simple and soft. ‘This will allow for the eye make-up to look cooler and fresher naturally,’ she says. Case in point: Yara Shahidi’s white feline flicks (below) that perfectly offset her golden eyeshadow and glowing skin.
Want in on this dramatic but totally wearable look? Turn your attention to these new-gen coloured eyeliners that feature slick formulas and punchy pigments.
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Go for a power pink with Dior's On Stage Liner. The felt-tip pen makes application a doddle, and the bright shade will stand out on paired-back makeup so all eyes are, well, on the eyes!
For those of us who love the razor-sharp liner look, this one ticks all the boxes. Long-lasting? Check. Quick-drying? Check. Easy to apply? Check!
Available in four muted shades, this nifty stylo from Chanel can be used as a kohl along the waterline, as a graphic liner atop the lash line or even as an eyeshadow. The texture is so creamy and silky you can smudge and blend it in to your hearts content.
Switch up your failsafe black kohl for something with a little more pizazz. Urban Decay's Wired 24/7 Eye Pencils come in a choice of lime green (Jolt), aqua blue (Vivid), fuchsia (Amped) and purple (Shock).
This best-selling liquid liner comes in array of bold shades from canary yellow to cobalt blue. Our favourite? This pigment-rich purple that quickly dries down for a long-wearing, smudge-free finish.
Take your cue from Yara Shahidi and apply a slick of white liner in the inner corner of your eye before taking it along the lash line to the other corner, finishing with a feline flick.
Colouring crayons for your eyes…sign us up! With six shades to choose from, you can mix and match and layer and blend to create the colourful eye make-up look. Totally fool-proof, just draw on and smudge using fingers.