Monday, 31 December 2012
With the warmer weather (down here in Australia, anyways), I know that a lot of people start embracing more colourful attire. I know a lot of girls out there who want to start trying to wear more colours on their eye makeup but are a little nervous about diving right in. A great way to ease your way into it and start experimenting is with coloured eyeliners!!
Instead of wasting a whole lot of money buying a bunch of different coloured eyeliners, you can get by with making a purchase of only one or two items and then be armed with a range of colours to choose from as wide as your own eyeshadow collection!! This is the magic of mixing mediums...
You can always just use water or a face spray/mist if you like. However, I find that mixing mediums are designed to not only ensure that your eyeshadow colour remains true (and doesn’t darken with water) but also helps it last much longer once applied. The one featured in this video is a favourite of mine, Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel will help your colour last all day long, even through dancing and sweating cause it’s waterproof!!
The eyeshadow you choose to use is up to you!! Just keep in mind that it does need to have quite a decent colour payoff, otherwise you may end up with a funny lumpy mess that won’t really mix with your Sealing Gel. You can also use a loos pigment if you would prefer. The colour I am wearing in the tutorial video is Anja by Illamasqua, the most gorgeous baby blue colour.
If you do want to go that extra mile and apply the white liquid eyeliner as an undercoat for your newly created coloured eyeliner, Illamasqua (again) make a great one!! Their Precision Ink in the colour “Scribe” was originally released with their Human Fundamentalism range but I believe they are still making it. Another waterproof product, it has great staying power, however, I do not like the sponge tip style applicator that comes with the packaging so I still prefer to use my artist’s brush for application.
Finally, the brush!! I highly recommend going to your local art supplies store and buying a bunch of different brushes for liner. Grab a few differnt widths and bristle types and have a play and find out which one makes it easiest for you. Just because a brush is more expensive or has a brand name stamped on the handle, doesn’t always mean that it’s better. I prefer synthetic bristles on my liner brushes, they seem to apply more smoothly for me. Also, they are easier to clean and care for because natural bristles tend to stiffen up when used in harsh products that are waterproof, etc.