Getting on Board the Bright Matte Blue Eyeliner Trend

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Bright matte blue eyeliner is having a moment. My girl crush Emma Stone gave it an unusual placement here. I’m not stranger to bright blue eyeliners, and have at least a couple shimmery ones. But a matte one?

I shopped my stash to see a possible dupe, and found it in my MAC Manish Arora palette – Electric Eel. It is indeed electric; very bright but it has never occurred to me to use if as eyeliner.

MAC Cream Color Base 'Movie Star Red' and MAC Manish Arora eyeshadow palette
MAC Cream Color Base ‘Movie Star Red’ and MAC Manish Arora eyeshadow palette (Electric Eel is 2nd from the right)

I like the result. It is a fun color, and drawn thinly with the help of Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel, is a very interesting and versatile look. I’ve paired it with various lip colors and it still looks good: pale pink, bright blue red, sheer orange and, particularly, bright warm/orangey red. Give it a try!

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NYX SMLC Amsterdam + Black Eyeliner: A Lime Crime Wicked Dupe?

NYX Amsterdam mixed with varying degrees of Tarte Onyx black eyeliner
NYX Amsterdam mixed with varying degrees of Tarte Onyx black eyeliner

I did a quick swatch this morning of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (SMLC) in Amsterdam with black eyeliner (I used Tarte Onyx). I just mixed them on the lips, layering the black eyeliner on top of the red color and blending with my finger, and repeating until I get the desired mix. I usually do this to tame down Amsterdam to the level of the middle swatch (picture above). But this morning I tried to take it to extremes and darkened it slightly beyond my comfort level (right most picture). A dupe with Lime Crime Wicked? You be the judge. Perhaps the result would be nice with NYX SMLC Monte Carlo, which I do no have anymore. NYX Marocco would also work (see swatches below).

Top to bottom: Tarte Onyx black eyeliner, NYX Marocco, NYX Amsterdam
Top to bottom: Tarte Onyx black eyeliner, NYX Marocco, NYX Amsterdam

NYX Amsterdam Marocco Tarte Onyx