I got the idea for this metallic blue eyeliner look from a look Kristin Stewart wore to Cannes earlier this year, and I’ve been wanting to wear it ever since. Obviously, I’m no Beau Nelson (I WISH), but I tried.
There are so many things I love about this makeup look, but the main things are 1) how vibrant and metallic the liner is, and 2) how the liner morphs from bright metallic teal in the inner corner, to green in the middle (it isn’t obvious, but it’s there, methinks) and a dark blue in the corner, and that’s just along the upper lash line! The lower lash line has these small, subtle blocks of dark blue interspersed with teal… It’s colorful but not cray-cray.
I would totally wear this out to run errands. In fact, I did, out to get groceries, and I almost said “WASSSSUP” to the older woman who straight-up stared at me in the bread aisle as if I were a visitor from another planet.
Some thoughts on the key products
The most complicated thing in this look is the liner, but you can make it as easy or as complicated as you want. If you want to go a simpler route, you can use a couple of bright metallic blue pencils and a black liner on your water line, but I did a combination of eyeliner, cream shadow and powder shadow… Basically, I was in the mood to play. 🙂
A metallic teal with silver glitter, available in the permanent line. It’s super bright and intense, but don’t get it anywhere close to your water line because your eyes will tear up if they’re sensitive.
I used this dark matte navy as a base for the darker blue parts of the liner. It’s creamy, smudgy and intensely pigmented. It also takes about 5 minutes to fully dry down, so you’ll have lots of time to play with it.
I layered the black and blue shades on top of the dark matte navy liner. It’s shiny but less intensely metallic than similar shadows from Urban Decay and MAC… Eh, it’s alright.
I swept the matte brown into the crease and blended the matte beige on my brow bone and in the inner corner. The shadows were easy to blend, but they have a very stark matte finish, which, on my dry lids, adds a few extra years…
One of three lipsticks from an LE collaboration set my gal pal , an indie line from New York.
Johanna is named after her baby girl, and it’s a warm-toned creamy nude matte that tastes and smells a little like vanilla. The super smooth formula doesn’t catch on any lip flakes or settle into my lip lines.
In a word: gorgeous! I topped it with a little for good measure.
My skin doesn’t look anywhere near this even-toned in real life, by the way. I went with a fuller coverage than normal because Kristin’s skin looked so perfect in the photo. I owe that magic to Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (the original one) and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer. They did all the heavy lifting!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,