I'm in love with a pink eyeliner. Yep, pink eyeliner. A creamy new Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil, this one is bold, waterproof, and, it seems, oily-lid-proof, too. And my wearing it is all Gucci Westman's fault.
pink eyeliner: the inspiration
Makeup artist and Revlon artistic director Gucci Westman (see all her amazing magazine-cover work here) and I recently had a chat about breaking out of beauty ruts. "Change is unsettling, whether it's wearing a different kind of cut on a trouser, or a shirt, or a dress, or your hair -- anything that pushes you outside of the safety box that you feel good in," she says. "But if you try something new, even if it's the littlest thing, and you notice that it makes a difference, it's so awesome, it's so fun." Above photo via Pinterest; photography by Lyndells and Daniel.
Then we realized: feeling safe doesn't necessarily equal feeling good. In fact, for most of us, safe just means feeling the way we did yesterday. Where's the fun in that?
So now I'm playing with some brighter eye makeup, which is definitely outside my comfort zone. (Even further out of my saftey box: full-face selfies.)
how to wear pink eyeliner
This pink eyeliner thing started with a new Shu Uemura Ready-to-Wear eyeshadow palette of pinks ($85 at Holt Renfrew and shuuemura.ca). Pretty! And frankly, a bit pricey for me considering the size of the palette.
So I looked more closely at the new Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils ($28 each at Holt Renfrew and shuuemura.ca). Not inexpensive either, but for a person who wears liner more than she wears eye shadow.... The shimmery purple and deep blue Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils seemed easy to wear. The bright, shimmery pink Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil, however, spoke to me. "I double-dawg dare you," it said. Really.
I know you're thinking about pink eye. But I don't think I look like I have pink eye here. To avoid that, I lined my upper inner rims with dark brown Urban Decay 24/7 liner and applied lashings of black mascara. And rather than pink on my cheeks and lips, I went for something with a touch more red in it. And you know what? I didn't expect to like this pink Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil on me at all. But omigod, I totally do. Plus, the pencil did. not. move, despite my oily lids.
I do not feel safe in this Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in ME Pink. Although I like result of this experiment, wearing pink eyeliner is weird! And that means I feel brave as well as good for trying something different, even though it's just an eye pencil. Oh hey, I can do this look in the back of a cab!
So. Yes? No? Would you? Maybe? Never?