If you can't get into bright lipsticks, another fast way to have fun with your summer makeup is coloured eye liner. CARGO Swimmables Waterproof Pencil Collection ($18) answers the hue cry with creamy, seriously smudge-proof liners with big-pow impact. The set includes a frosted steel blue, hot metallic turquoise, bold purple, bright green, and a shimmery deep forest green, which I'm wearing in the above image (along with Avon's Cool Bliss SPF 15 lipstick in Nude on Ice).
Tip: Line along the base of upper lashlines only for anyone-can-wear it subtlety, or lightly stroke colour over the entire lid as well as along lashines for a brilliant stay-put smoky eye. For a soft-line finish, stroke an angle liner brush over the pencil tip to pick up colour and transfer immediately to lashline (you have to work fast with this pencil; it does not smudge easily).
For folks wanting to know what shade will best suit their eye colour, purple is a no-fail universal booster, and dark green is a Carmindy fave for hazel. Blue and aqua are hot for brown eyes, but really, it's fun makeup -- try them all to see what you like best. And it's okay to love them all.
Available at Sears/Toronto Eaton Centre, The Bay/Queen St., and select independent beauty boutiques.