“Depending on the colour and application, bright liner can be sexy, fun or ethereal,” says François Nars make-up artist and creator of Nars Cosmetics. His colour theory can be summarized in one sentence: “Vibrant jewel tones make the eyes appear brighter in a beautiful, modern way.” Here’s how to turn the unexpected look into a new classic look.
Nars likes shades with more blue than green. “A bright teal makes any eye colour pop and looks especially great on olive or dark skin,” he says. “Plus, it’s got a ’60s feel that I love.” He likes playing up the effect by pairing teal with pale eye shadow and lipstick.
“I love tracing electric blue close to the lash line and then lining the lower rim with a deeper blue,” says Nars. But if blazing cobalt seems a bit daunting, Nars suggests layering it over black or brown liner for a softer effect.
“Green enhances the cool tones in blue or green eyes and makes brown eyes seem more playful,” says Nars. A smudged green line along the lashes “can be ethereal if it’s left alone or more dramaticwhen followed by a few coats of mascara.”
Think of purple as the beginner’s bright liner. It is universally flattering and, of all the jewel tones, appears the least shocking when worn in a bold design. “It’s fun to take a classic shape, such as a cat-eye, and draw it in purple instead of black,” says Nars.