Our beauty expert’s pick of the best navy blue eyeliners to rock in the office!
Go blue or go home! ‘Eye’ know you’ll love this sexy sapphire spin on your traditional liner look that’s just perfect for the office, plus get shopping suggestions that’ll allow you to pull off bright blue peepers like the badass boss that you are
by Eugene Quek /
October 25, 2016
My new makeup maxim? Blue is best.
A scintillating swipe of cool cobalt on your eyes is both incredibly sexy and impossibly sophisticated – which also means it’s absolutely appropriate for the office to boot.
Indeed, I find cheery cornflower, deep navy or even metallic midnight aesthetically pleasing in the extreme, for the simple fact that the cool tones make the whites of your eye appear even whiter – red-rimmed eyes, on the other hand, are only good for when you’ve been weeping in the toilet cubicle. (Which is not to say scarlet shades are impossible to pull off – read our handy guide for pointers.)
Word of warning: When it comes to brightly hued eyeliner, it’s a case of breasts or legs, not both. Translation: Keep it simple and keep it going. Having said that, you don’t want your complexion to be completely nude (that would risk swinging to the other extreme; your features would just look top-heavy) – so do as I would and pat on a smidgen of illuminating highlighter on the highest point of the cheeks and brow bones to lend your face some depth and dimension.
Now that we’ve got our fundamentals right, let’s just jump straight into it. To apply, use your free hand to pull the eyelid taut for a flatter canvas to work on. Gently graze the tip of your tool – a creamy pencil or gel is absolutely compulsory, as you really don’t want to be tugging unnecessarily at this delicate area – along the contours of your eye, and edging outwards so that you get a modestly winged tip.
Continue working at the outer corners, dragging the colour out into a thin tadpole-shaped tick. Unless you’re a burlesque performer, resist the temptation to extend it into a full-blown cat eye – restraint, darlings!
Want to try your hand at a blue spin on your standard workday liner look? Click on the gallery slides above for my personal pick of the best on the beauty aisles, and #HappyShopping!