Bored of your makeup? Switch up your routine with a pretty Korean smoky eyeliner look!

Beauty lesson in session! Get out of your style rut by following these quick tips and tricks on pulling off softly shadowed eyeliner without looking saccharine sweet


Sick of the same old, same old? Makeover your makeup by prettifying your peepers with a party-ready pastel hue, which for my money is such a fun, flirty and feminine way of “zhnging up” your repertoire without veering into tacky territory. Badger brushes at the ready? Here's how:

First, assemble your apparatus. The star of the show? A creamy water-resistant pencil is a prerequisite for this purpose, because you really don’t want to be tugging unnecessarily at your delicate orbital area.

1. On to application proper. Run the tip of your eyeliner pencil in the colour of your choice across your lids, keeping it very close to your upper lash line. Drag the line out into a modest tadpole-shaped tick, but make it subtle, please. Unless you’re a burlesque performer, resist the temptation to extend it into a full-blown cat eye. Restraint, darlings.

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2. You may leave your liner as is for a retro-modern colour blocking effect, but a more “palette-able” way of wearing bright liner is to layer on an eyeshadow in a complementary colour. Use your fingers to smudge the shadow ever so gently over your liner to intensify the hue. This delicate diffusion of colour also creates a soft wash that’s very Korean (and office-friendly!) indeed. For a festive flourish, pat in a sparkly silver accent on the V-shaped inner corners of the eyes.

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And you’re done! Softly smoked eyes that’ll sit just as well on a boardroom warrior in tailored separates and kitten heels as they would on the ultra-cool Ulzzangs stalking the streets of Seoul.

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