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Use pastel liners to brighten your look
August 10, 2017, 4:41 pm

The hottest new trend in makeup is one you would probably least expect — pastel liners. Yes, Easter egg hues like mint green, pale pink, lilac, and even white are making a big splash on the makeup scene.  The rise of pastel liners has opened up a world of possibilities, and, while pastel eyes might seem tricky, they are actually surprisingly easy to pull off. They are a modern alternative to your basic black and brown, but are just as flattering and way more versatile.

Think of pastels like metallics — they can open up the eye like a highlighter, but with a cool burst of color. And they save you time because once you have got one of these shades on, the rest of your look should be more muted, so as not to overwhelm. You can even go completely bare and apply nothing more than liner, mascara, and a great brow product.

Here are some pastel liner hacks to amp up your eye look.

Accent your waterline:  There truly are a myriad of uses for these tea-party shades beyond just adding a cool color to your look. These shades look great in the waterline, adding lightness that helps open up the whole eye area and ensures the whites of eyes appear even whiter.

Use it as an eyeshadow base:  Not only will the pale hues brighten up a lid, but they also work as a good base for glitter or more iridescent pigments to keep them in place. The pastel liner adds extra vibrancy to whatever shadow you layer on top.

Elongate your eyes:  If you want to be sneaky, a good trick is to extend the liner just outside your waterline to create the illusion of a wider eye.

Highlight your brows:  Use a more neutral shade to give your brows the illusion of a lift. Simply draw underneath and a bit on top and then gently smudge the line for a subtle highlight effect.

Recreate the cat-eye:  You’re probably so used to doing this look in black that you can’t imagine it any other way, but done in cobalt blue or mint green it will breathe new life into the classic look, while also adding a fresh burst of color to your face.

Spotlight your inner corners:  The area between your nose and corner of your eyes can often get dark due to a myriad of reasons, which is often why makeup artists add a touch of highlight to the area to help open up the eye. Usually done in a shimmery white, peach or pearly gold, use just a small amount as to subtly add light without looking like a disco ball. Or use a yellow or green liner to extend all the way around the tear duct (top and bottom), and across top and bottom lash lines. The yellow neutralizes blue or purple (like dark circles) and the green helps to diminish redness so your eyes look bright.





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