Colour In

June 23rd, 2016

June 23rd, 2016

Festival season has finally arrived meaning outrageous colours and clothing choices are not only acceptable, but encouraged.  This shift from drab to colourful is a great reason to incorporate bright colours into your kit this summer, and what better way that bright, bold eyeliners?  Warpaint tried and tested the most vivid and collected our faves for you.

Due to launch this August is Too Faced‘s beautiful new collection of matte Sketch Markers (£17), available in-store or online at Debenhams With 12 vivid colours to choose from, and inspired by Japanese calligraphy pens, the Sketch Markers are guaranteed to produce striking yet wearable colour, with slick lines that would be great for adding very small details to bodypaint creations.  These eyeliners not only look fantastic but they last and last, perfect for if you need eyeliner to last on set.

If you are after an incredibly bright and bold liner, the rainbow array from the NYX Vivid Brights range will surely quench your thirst for colour, even if you’re on a budget.  Despite being liquid liners, the NYX Vivid Brights create a super pigmented matte line which can be used to add a subtle pop of colour along the lashline, or even for a colourful winged look that would undoubtedly lend itself to a more Avant Garde or playful design.  Try using the matching bright eyeshadows along with the Vivid Bright liner to create a cut crease effect.

NYX Vivid

Bright colours aren’t always what you need – sometimes we prefer a darker, more subtle touch of colour to add a twist to a look.  The beautiful Aqua Liner range from Make Up For Ever have a full spectrum of colour to choose from (£16).  Even though this range includes some beautiful bold brights, it also contains a great range of  darker shades, including a grey and a white liner which could come in handy when it comes to adding highlight to very intricate or detailed designs.


A matte, crazily bright liner, however, isn’t for everyone.  If you’re looking to find a colourful product that would compliment rather than stand out against your eyes, we recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl liners (£19).  In shades of deep purple, blue, green and many more, these colours can be built up for a more obvious pop of colour in an editorial shoot, or blended into a smokey eye along the lashline.

Rock n Kohl

Barry M‘s Kohl pencils (£2.99) are the perfect bright eyeliner for those on a budget.  Thanks to its kohl formula, these pencils allows for a more blendable colour whilst also giving a fabulous colour pay off which lasts and lasts. These would be perfect for outlining designs for body painters, due to the ease of application – not to mention our love for their beautiful, metallic packaging.

If you are looking to add a touch of glamour to an already powerful look, we recommend the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter liners (£14).  Whilst the colour pay-off may not be as extreme as the solid matte colours, these glitters certainly make an impact, providing the perfect finishing touch for any glamorous make-up look.

UD Heavy metal

However, for a trainee make-up artist, or an artist with a slightly lower budget, do not fear!  We have found the perfect dupe for the Heavy Metal Glitter shadows in the Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Eyeliner (£2.99).  These affordable eyeliners come in 12 beautiful shades, ranging from a simple glitter to a more extreme range of colours.  They’re loved by Lisa Armstrong and her team behind Strictly Come Dancing, as we discovered during their BAFTA Craft Discussion with MAC.


And finally, if even the brightest colour liner is not enough, we give to you… Dazzliner, by Face Lace (£12.95). These dazzling, holographic eyeliners are so reflective and stand out a mile.  As with all of Phyllis Cohen’s Face Lace products, these Dazzliners will take your make-up creation the extra mile, from fun and quirky to stand out, loud and Avant Garde.




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By Abbie Smith

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