HOW TO: Graphic Eyeliner

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With the big lead up to the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March we thought we would bring you another on trend look inspired by the looks from the ss14 fashion weeks and from the recent #VAMFF makeup trials. Drum roll please (even though the title gave it away)……. GRAPHIC EYELINER!

This is a trend that has been on the catwalk for years and years but we thought we could show you a completely goof proof way of achieving this super fierce eyeliner look.

Step 1: Remove all traces of makeup and apply a trusted eyeshadow base. We recommend Two Faced Shadow Insurance or a MAC paint pot

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Step 2: Sticky Tape! With this you need to put the piece of tape on your hand to remove most of the stickiness and then place it on the outer part of the eye. You need to make sure the edge of the tape follows the imaginary line that connects your nostril to the corner of your eye. And please try to place the tape under your bottom lashes.

Step 3: choose your eyeliner! I used a gel eyeliner but I think it would have been better to use a liquid so you can get a more precise line.

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S1020007Step 4: Now armed with your eyeliner, start with a super dramatic flick and note that you do not have to be even a little bit neat as the tape is your lifesaver.

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Step 5: Draw a thin-ish line across the top lashline

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S1020010Step 6: Build up the line so most of your eyelid is covered by the eyeliner, then clean up the line so it is nice and smooth. (If you are having difficulties with this we would recommend the Simple Makeup Corrector Pen or a fine brush dipped in makeup remover.)

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S1020012Step 7: The most exciting part! Remove the sticky tape and voila, you have a crisp perfect line. Add mascara and you’re done!

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(All the steps from here on are optional)

Step 8: Apply eyeliner to your inner rims and waterline

Step 9: Smudge a dark eyeshadow close to your lashline for a smokey-er effect and to minimise the appearance of smaller eyes.

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That’s all! We hope you liked it! I have worn this eyeliner out a few times and I love to mix up the colours, I have worn navy, dark green and dark purple graphic eyeliner looks before. I would recommend pairing this bold eye with a ponytail, contoured cheeks and a nude glossy lip. If you are looking for a budge proof liquid eyeliner I would suggest checking out the Kiss Me Heroine Liquid Eyeliner, I have been using this product for three years now and I swear by it.

If you have any questions, recommendations or requests please leave them down below.

Have a lovely day!

Love from Amelia and Carla

Eyeshadow Colour Guide

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Matching eye colour with shadows is one of the most basic but important things when doing your makeup. It is something that can be completely overwhelming so we figured that we would write up a simple guide for matching your eye colour with complementary as well as enhancing colours. Please note, this is only a guide, we strongly believe in experimenting with makeup and doing whatever you feel most comfortable in. We would also like to point out that these colours will vary depending on skin tone. We hope this is helpful and enjoy.

Warm Green Eyes:

Enhancing: plum purples, red-browns

Complementary: cool greens, warm browns, oranges, cool greys (taupes)

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Cool Green Eyes:

Enhancing: cool greens, warm purples, cool purples, light pinks

Complementary: warm greens, cool browns, cool greys

NOTE: stay away from bright blues

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Blue-Grey Eyes:

Enhancing: coral

Complementary: any browns, nudes, peach

NOTE: if you have blue-grey eyes and you want them to look bluer, stay away from shadows that are a brighter blue than your eye as they will make your eyes look dull in colour.

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Blue-Blue Eyes:

Enhancing: warm purples, coral, warm browns, darker blues

Complementary: any browns, nudes

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Warm Brown Eyes:

Enhancing: cool purples, dark blues, cool greens

Complementary: all browns, nudes, oranges

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Dark Brown Eyes:

Enhancing: warm purples, warm yellows, warm oranges, all blues

Complementary: all browns, nudes

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If you are looking for some new and broad eyeshadow palettes on a budget we highly recommend this website: http://www.bhcosmetics.com/eyes

For amazing quality customizable palettes we would recommend INGLOT

http://www.inglotcosmetics.com