|Stila Halfmoon// Maybelline Jade// Urban Decay Desperation// L'Oreal Olive// Rimmel Taupe// Revlon Brushed Pewter|
I'm what you'd call a "meh" eyeliner gal – sure, I wear it but it's just not my thing. Don't get me wrong, I love a dramatic smokey eye complete with a heavy-handed coat of jet-black liner... just not everyday, and definitely not in the summer. Lately I've been sporting a bevy of neutral liners that bring a bit of soft definition and color to the eye without looking too harsh. Whether worn smudged alone on the lid, or paired with a bright summery eyeshadow, these six sticks are bringing subtle (sexy?) back.
If the thought of any other shade other than black makes you cringe, then the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof in Halfmoon might be a good option. A matte grey that's easy to use (twist-up liners are da-bomb) and lasts all day, this one's just begging to added to your collection. While we're on the topic of twist-ups, Maybelline's Unstoppable Eyeliner in Jade is not only a gorgeous shade, but an amazing formulation. Reminiscent of the aforementioned Smudge Stick, this waterproof beaut can be yours for less than a Hamilton. Does it get any better?
No eyeliner post could be complete without an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil shout out. Desperation, a grey taupe, glides on the lash line effortlessly without so much as a tug. Moisturizing ingredients such as jojoba oil and vitamin E merely sweeten the deal. Unfortunately my next pick isn't so sweet. The L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner, a long-time love, has been *dun dun duuun* discontinued. (I should have stockpiled a few more.) Olive, a warm green that looks amazing smoked-out on the lids, is (was) one of my favorite shades. I'll have to try out some other L'Oreal eye liners to see how they compare.
The Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Taupe – a newbie to my collection – has not only become my go-to eyeliner, but also my go-to cream eyeshadow. The ultra-creamy consistency makes application quick and painless, and once it sets, it doesn't budge. A unique shade, this light taupe brightens the eye for a natural I'm awake look. Wanting something a tad darker? The Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Brushed Pewter is lovely metallic grey that flatters every eye color. This pencil comes with a built-in smudger, handy for taking the liner from heavy to light. It's not waterproof so set it with an eyeshadow if you want to prevent any slipping and sliding.
What shade of eyeliner, other than black, have you been sporting this summer?