Makeup looks are very personal. For some, a little mascara turns an ordinary day into a special occasion. For others (say, a whole handful of Curls Editors), a stash of fun eyeliner is an essential part of their mental health, and they feel incomplete without a hint of bold pigment on their eyes. Eye makeup preferences vary from person to person, but listen as we try to convince you to ditch the black liner and try one colorful eyeliner for a change.
Color really never goes out of style, so you can upgrade your everyday neutral eyeliner with a bright pigment, or let your creativity run wild to experiment with a more complex look. Makeup artists provided plenty of eye makeup inspiration during the Spring/Summer 2023 season of New York Fashion Week. Bold pigments in funky lines, blurred halos and smoky cat eyes adorned the eyes and cheeks of models on the Puppets and Puppets, Marrisa Wilson and Laquan Smith shows.
However, creating artful masterpieces like the stunning creations at fashion week requires the right eyeliner formula, whether it’s an ink liquid, a smooth stick, or a silky gel. An opaque pigment that doesn’t leave streaks is a must, as is long-lasting color that lasts all day and an easy-to-use applicator that makes it easy to apply the product. “The most important thing is pigments and stuff [the eyeliner] glides easily on the skin,” explains New York City-based makeup artist Delina Medhin. “You shouldn’t put too much pressure on the eye.”
Of course we have your one stop shop for the best formulas and eye-catching shades in stick, liquid and gel options. We polled some of our favorite makeup artists and in-house editors to bring you the best colorful eyeliners for all your needs that stand out from the crowd.
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