I’ve shared some of my love of indie brand Me by Mezhgan before.. and now I’ve tried out their “define me eye liner” in ‘natural me’ (which is a matte brown. My love for this brand continues!
What I love…
- Built-in sharpener and smudge sponge tip! Need I say more? This is just simply handy.
- The twist-up style pencil keeps me from smooshing my eyeliner by pushing the cap down too far. (Yes, I do that quite often… more poor, poor pencils.)
- Nice and soft. This pencil doesn’t pull on my lid but it’s packed with color, and wears all day. Contact lens wearers and sensitive eye gals, this is a great liner for you!
- Blendable! It’s easy to use just the eyeliner to create a smoky eye, or leave it as a clean line for a professional look. Very versatile!
What I’d like to improve on…
- More colors. Right now there’s only brown and black. I’d love to see a green, blue, maroon, purple and something metallic for evening, maybe a gunmetal gray?
Here’s a smokey brown eye that I created using only this pencil.
- Line your top and bottom lash lines and inner water line.
- Use the smudge sponge to *very* lightly blend out the lines. A Bionic Hint: I like to move the sponge in slight U shaped semi-circles to blend. It seems to work much better than just going back n’ forth in a line.
- Reline over top of the smoked line for definition.
- Finish with a light coat of mascara. With eyes this dramatic and edgy, I like to keep the mascara light and natural. I used L’Oreal’s Bare Naturale mascara in Black.
Mezhgan’s Defiine Me eyeliners are $18.50 and available on the MeByMezhgan.com website.
Sally Hansen’s newish line is Natural Beauty “inspired by Carmindy”. The line is eco-friendly and focuses on more natural colors, highlighters, and tones. And it’s gaining fans by the day. I tried out the Forever Stay eye pencils in Blue Indigo (a deep matte navy) and Pure Plum (a deep purple). I also got the Natural Highlighter in Gold Dust.
These liners stayed put both in cold and humidity without wandering, flaking or smudging. I’d highly recommend them for women with sensitive lids or contact lens wearers. (My looks and notes on all the products are below…) Read on…
The look is just a variation on the smokey eye, but since I adore Clinique’s Dark Denim eyeshadow alone, I wanted to create an entire look around it. I was inspired by my favorite dark jeans and thought… this would make a perfect smoked eyeshadow look!
First I lined my eyes (upper and lower lash line) with a black kohl pencil. I used Physician’s Formula Eye Definer in Ultra Black. An optional step- line your inner water line. (Note: Your water line is the inner rim of your lower lash line.)
Next using a large shadow brush, I swept a even coat of Clinique’s Stay Matte eye shadow in Dark Denim. Dark Denim is a deep blue, and of course, like the name implies… it’s matte. No hint of sparkle anywhere. Once applied however, the color looks a bit more like pewter or a gunmetal smoke gray.
Using a smaller contour shadow brush, I added a new coat of shadow in the outer corner of my eyes. Then used the shadow to accent the crease of my eye. Basically use the shadow to trace the upper “round” of your eyeball. This helps deepen your eye look and smokify everything.
Load up your smudge brush) (or a sponge tip) with shadow and smoosh it slowly along your upper and lower lash line- right over top of your black eyeliner from the first step. I’ve detailed the shadow color, brushes used, and final steps below…
As promised on Wednesday, here is a look using Nixie Professional eyeshadows that is a little more “everyday” friendly.
I took my inspiration from the famed “Stormy Eye” from New York’s Fashion Week. I used a brown-based deep purple Nixie eyeshadow for this look. Starting with a medium, slightly floppy shadow brush, apply the shadow all across your lid and blend, blend, blend into the crease and just past it. Blend until the color fades into your natural skin color.
Take a small shadow liner brush (stubby stiff bristles) and line your upper and lower lash line with the same deep purple shadow. Finish with mascara. The look is low-key but dramatic enough to cause a stir about your eyes. If you’d like more impact- simply blend the purple with a deep brown (such as Milani’s Java Bean – read Bionic’s article) for a truly stormy effect.
Mythbuster Beauty’s post on “Color Intervention 101” inspired me to try out a broader range of eyeshadow colors beyond my standard browns. During my latest trip to the local drugstore, I saw an ad board for Revlon’s new limited edition makeup “Reveal Your Wild Side“. I loved the green eyeshadow look shown on the boards (I can’t find a photo of it anywhere on the web, sorry!), checked the colors they used, and made a mental image for me to work from.
Here is my version. I’m “Going Green”.
The makeup I used:
- Milani Runway Eyes palette in Glamorous Gems.
- Milani single eyeshadow in Antique Gold.
- L’Oreal HiP Cream Shadow Paint in 809, Lofty (in the silver/pink tube).
- Milani Eye Pencil liner in Antique Green.
- Revlon Marble-ous Match eye liner/shadow duo pencil in Made for Jade.
- Milani Velvet Collection lipstick in Plush.
A photo of my finished look:
How I accomplished Going Green:
- I applied a small amount of L’Oreal Cream Shadow Paint (similar to MAC’s Paint Pots) in Lofty to my entire lid and blended it up towards my brow. This color provides a nice neutral base for my eyeshadow.
- Note: The HiP Cream Shadow Paints are not yet out in all drugstores, but I have had good luck at Walgreens and CVS. They are absolutely gorgeous, apply well, and stay put! You can get them for $2 off at Walgreens from now through February 28th if you use their coupon in the Super Saver catalog (in Walgreens stores).
- Then I applied the Milani single eyeshadow in Antique Gold to my lid and into the crease.
- I smudged some of the Antique Gold shadow under my lower lash line as well.
- In the outer corner (the “V”) of my eyelid, I applied the darkest green from the Runway Eyes palette.
- Then I blended, blended and blended my lid.
- I lined over the shadow on my lower lash line with the Milani liner in Antique Green.
- And I applied a thick line of the Revlon Made for Jade eyeliner (the green and brown marbled end) on my top lash line.
- I choose the Plush lipstick by Milani to coordinate with this look. It’s subdued and the gold flecks in the lipstick perfectly complete the “safari” look.
- A coat of your favorite mascara, top and bottom, and your finished!
I surprised myself by loving this green look so much. I couldn’t stop walking by the mirror to look at my eyes!
If you enjoyed this makeup look, check out my other Bionic makeup looks!