The idea of a “signature look” is hotly debated. Every other article sings the praises of a fashion or make-up uniform, an easily identifiable short cut to what makes you you. Then there’s the inevitable backlash, stating that you don’t need to make such a firm commitment, and your daily look should reflect how you feel in the current moment.
Both points of view are totally valid but I enjoy the idea of a consistent look on a daily basis.
It easily sets you apart from the crowd, it makes you feel like yourself, and if you’re doing it right, it compliments your whole wardrobe. But there’s another reason this concept appeals to me. A darker more sinister motivation, lurking under the glittery surface. Like many of you, I’m poor and lazy. To work around these debilitating afflictions, I try to keep my daily product usage under four items. It keeps both cost and time commitment down. A versatile technique, eyelight can work with an almost bare daytime face, or a smokey night time look.
My favorite eyelighters
Nars Copacabana Liquid Illuminator
Hardly an article goes by where this doesn’t get some kind of a shout out, but it is THAT good. While I love it on my face, it’s even better painted on the inner corner of my eyes for a white/pink iridescence. I was originally using a lip brush, but I misplaced it the other day and discovered I could apply it just as well with the pointy tip of my nail. The more you know!
Nars Orgasm Liquid Illuminator
This is more of an orange/pink color. Same technique as Copacabana, but this would look more natural on darker skin tones. By same technique I mean the lip brush, not the nail. Don’t put on make up with your nails, that’s just something I did because I’m an idiot.
Benefit Sunbeam Golden Bronze Liquid Highlighter
This one is a golden color and comes with its own brush! If you have a warmer skin tone or want something a little fancier this might be a good choice.
Personally I prefer powder for night time looks. You can add literally any reflective color to the inner corner, but here are some more neutral options. I like to layer them over my Copacabana for an even more intense addition to any eye look. You can also apply these with a lip brush to get definition in the inner corners.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal-Golden neutral color
Very good pay off and staying power.
e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Pink Diamonds
Neutral Pale Pink. Great to offset a grey smokey eye.
Face Stockholm Eye Dust in Clarity
The brightest most reflective white I’ve ever used. Try this if you want to see your eyelight from Mars.
My absolute FAVE eyelight finishing touch for a night out is inner corner glitter. The concept is the same, it’s just a more dramatic look.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion
A white glitter with green/blue iridescence will add a point of interest to any eye look.
Make Up Forever Diamond Powder in Baby Pink
I love to to add this over Copacabana to really intensify the pastel pink.
Sephora Collection Waterproof Liquid Liner in French Riviera
This adds a subtle gold sparkle to your inner corner. I love it with a green smoky eye.
No matter which formula you choose, this is sure to brighten your eyes and make you look more awake. It’s a great compliment to any eye color and especially stunning if you reflect the undertones of your eyes. Strobing is no longer just for the face!
Kristine Rose and her eyelight are on Instagram @swansaredead
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