Greetings from the depths of a rogue’s beauty adventuring kit, fellow adventurers!
Let’s step slightly to the side first, and start with the undeniably fabulous crowd-favourite eyeliner: black. There are many reasons why black eyeliner is so popular, not least of which are its accessibility (if they make no other colour of liner, a brand will probably have a black one) and its classic, kittenish, lashline-bolstering nature. However, when you’re as fluorescently, vampirically pale as I am, black liner can start to prove troublesome. Even if you’re not putting on a thick line, black can look undeniably harsh and ‘unnatural’ on very fair skin. Usually, this is not a problem, as if I’m putting on black liner, I don’t want ‘natural rogue’, I want ‘sex kitten rogue‘. However, for everyday purposes, it can be a lot more HELLO MAKEUP YES than I’m looking for.
This is where brown liner comes to the rescue! Brown liner is the rogue in the party. It comes in a million different varieties and shades, it’s a multitasker, it can be stealthy, or can fly at you with both daggers rasied of need be. It disarms the traps of unnatural looking liner and opens the treasure chests of easy everyday looks for the phosphorescent among us. It forgives small errors in application and doesn’t stand out so much against un-liner’d lash roots. It tints the lower waterline to make the eye stand out without leaning toward ‘smokey’ or closing the eye, but you can still totally do a smokey brown look with it if you want. In thick lines, it doesn’t make the lid look as heavy. If it has a second tone of shimmer or glitter in it, this often stands out better. It’s appropriate for every occasion. I could go on. 😉
My favourite brown liner, as most of you are probably aware, is Urban Decay’s Demolition: a matte deep-but-distinctly brown. I have several other brown liners from the same brand, however, and love all of them for various reasons. A current favourite is Twice Baked from the Ocho Loco 2 set, which was LE, but can be effectively duped by a couple of other shades from the permanent range, and probably others from different brands. In fact, the look in the very first image is Demolition, although I’ve obviously messed with the colour and saturation for artistic effect there. 😉
How about a few (well, 5) examples of the fun, versatility and loveability of brown eyeliner? 😀
Although I realise that brown liner is by no means ‘ignored’, I hope this post has given it some fresh attention! It’s true, you’ll never prise my fingers away from my purple and turquoise liners either, but there’s something so satisfyingly easy and ‘rogueifying’ about brown liner, that I hope you”ll join me in paying homage to that unsung hero! If you actually hate brown liner, though that’s totally OK. We can still be friends and raid dungeons and stuff ^_^.
Which colour of liner do you prefer for everyday? Do you think there are any colours of liner that are particularly underrated? What’s your favourite brown liner, if you have one?
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
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