• Allure September  2011 24/7



Smoky eyes, nude lips - the appeal of some makeup looks needs no explanation.  But purple or electric blue eyeliner?  That might require a little convincing...which is where makeup artist Francois Nars comes in.  The creator of Nars cosmetics has worked on every sort of magazine portfolio and fashion runway imaginable, so when he says that bright eyeliner can be (of all things) grow-up, we listen.  "Depending on the color and application, bright liner can be sexy, fun, or ethereal," says Nars.  Even better; "It's flattering and such an easy way to make a bold statement."  Of course, you don't want that statement to be "I'm in a Blondie cover band," so application - and color choice - is key.  Follow Nar's crash course in vivid liner, and you can rock the look one way or another, too.


True Colors


Nar's color theory can be summarized in one sentence:  "Vibrant jewel tones make the eyes appear brighter in a beautiful, modern way."  here's how to turn the unexected look into a new classic.




"I love tracing electric blue close to the lash line and then lining the lower rim with a deeper blue," says Nars.  But if blazing cobalt seems a bit daunting, nars suggests layering it over black or brown liner for a softer effect.


Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Radium



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