When it comes to everyday makeup, we know you’re a play-by-the-rules gal. Forever. Classic taupe, pink and brown neutrals for blonds with baby-blue eyes. Purples, corals and deep greens for anyone with green eyes. Dark neutrals like grey and brown, orange, lavender and burgundy for brunettes with hazel eyes, and khaki, rich blue and gold for all of you with brown eyes. Sure, it’s fail-proof and each familiar hue makes your natural eye colour pop, but after swiping on the same shades year after year, don’t you want to switch things up a little and try bold eye makeup on for size? Especially now with a hint of summer in the air—there’s a carefree vibe going around, and you want to get in on it. If you’re feeling confident and ready to play paint by numbers with your cosmetics, now you can. Simply follow our bold eye makeup tutorial complete with three gorgeous looks so you can do it up right and in style.
Just because you’re colouring outside the traditional cosmetics box doesn’t mean you have to use every single colour all at once. In fact, for this bold eye makeup look, we suggest you choose one vibrant eyeliner shade, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt. Lightweight with a creamy formulation, this stay-put eyeliner glides on easily and won’t smudge or budge for a solid 24 hours. Plus, with its attention-drawing jewel-toned hue, it creates the chicest, freshest bold cat eye makeup we’ve seen this side of the ’70s. And while the style is high impact, achieving it is low maintenance.
Take your L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt and, with a steady hand, draw as thick or as thin a line as you like along your upper lash line, following the natural shape of your eye. When you get to the outer edge, sweep the brilliant blue colour past your upper lash line and as far out as you like to create the iconic bold cat eye makeup wing. Now, look straight into the mirror and draw a second line from the top tip of your outer wing all the way down toward the centre of your lash line to create a thicker outer corner. All that’s left to do to create a bold black eye makeup finish is curl your lashes and add a layer or two of your favourite black mascara.
This unique and cool take on the cat-eye is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. Like for Look #1, choose L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in another pretty hue—we recommend True Teal. Draw a smooth line across your natural lash line and, once again, extend your bold cat eye makeup eyeliner to the outer corner of your eye and beyond. Word to the wise: The farther you go, the more dramatic this look will be. Create a half-moon shape by extending the outer corner up and past your eyelid’s crease, connecting the line with the inner corner of your eye and then filling it in. If you want to kick things up a notch and add more drama and longevity to your look, apply the teal shade in the L’Oréal Paris La Petite Palette in Optimist over the half-moon shape you created. You can soften the edge of your line by blending the eyeshadow into the edge of the half-moon.
You know the saying “Two is better than one”? Well, it certainly applies to this third and original version of our bold eye makeup tutorial. This time we’re recommending two complementary jewel-toned hues to create an unforgettably stunning look. Using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple, apply a thick line along your upper lash line, swooping the tail end up and out. Next, using L’Oréal Paris La Petite Palette in Feminist, sweep a layer of the palette’s purple eyeshadow across the bold cat eye makeup and then blend it up and above the crease of your eyelid. Then, with the same eyeshadow palette, apply a bright pop of the green to the inner corner of your eye. Blend it just a touch, not too much, so that you can clearly see it in contrast with the pretty purple. Now that’s what we call making a spring statement!