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  1. Hanny Daforcena
    November 5, 2012

    Heh heh I’m pleased to say that I already know this trick, woohoo! It’s a great tip if you want to turn your everyday shimmery colors into jewel tones too! I use my gel eyeliners for the this and spread them out with a synthetic, flat eyeshadow brush that looks like a tiny foundation brush and a MAC 239 hybrid. ^.^

    Also I’ve found out that using a nude eyeshadow base (MAC’s Soft Ochre or Painterly Paint Pot – even Bare Study) on the waterline, and setting it with a nude eyeshadow gives me the “white” eyeliner effect without looking too scary heh heh – perfect “dupe” for Stila’s Topaz Kajal liner, which is a peach. ^.^
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Oh yes! Black makes a great base to reflect and show off jeweled tones. I tried it with a gel liner a while ago but I didn’t like the effect coz I found it too think. But a cream shadow makes a great alternative :)

  2. Kahani
    November 5, 2012

    I pull this one out for night, it’s awesome when you want to do a smokey eye. =D

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      And it so quick too! :D

  3. Issa
    November 5, 2012

    I have read about this trick but haven’t tried it because I am not sure on how to do it…thanks for your detailed instructions, now I am confident to try it :)

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Do let us know how you fare with it Issa. Its very quick and easy once you get the hang of it. But make sure you use a soft eyeliner pencil or it can be hard to draw on that much colour :)

  4. Lily
    November 5, 2012

    Ah the eyeliner trick. Girls with oily lids have to prep their eyes properly though. It creases :-(
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thanks for the heads up, Lily. I tend to forget that, just because I don’t have a problem. Eeps!

  5. Sunny
    November 5, 2012

    Yay I do this sometimes as well! Your missing picture 5 cracked me up :)

    I do actually still use my gel liner when I use this trick though. If I am not sporting eyeliner that is at least a little winged out, I just don’t feel my eyes look intense enough! Maybe it’s entirely psychological though!
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Sigh… The elusive #5 :P I totally didn’t notice that the images were misnumbered. I haven’t used gel liner in ages! Perhaps I should dig them out and hope they haven’t dried out ;)

  6. Catherine
    November 5, 2012

    Haha no number 5 :D This Dior palette colours look great on you!! This golden one- just wow! I need to get something else than browns and beiges… :D

    Looking at pictures I started to wonder how do you remove after this eyeliner which is basically between lashes? I have big problem with this, Im doing something wrong or its just my long thick lashes or maybe my Bioderma micellar solution? Im doing it with my black powder eyeshadow without base.

    Btw, every country got Guerlain and here in Paris I was told they will have holiday collection on 15 november… Big joke!

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Haha try Khaki, Catherine. It adds colour but isn’t overwhelming and it’s sort of neutral too. I use a normal eye makeup remover for eye makeup. I’m using the Loreal one, where I just soak a cotton pad, hold it over my eye for a few seconds and then wipe off. Seems to remove the worst of it, and then I just wipe a couple more times. Perhaps if you have thick lashes then it might be harder? I’m not sure cos I’m not that blessed ;) btw I found that Bioderma didn’t do a good job at cleaning my eye makeup at all so I go back to my regular bi-phase remover. And boo to Guerlain!

  7. Marla
    November 5, 2012

    That is a very good tip.

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Glad you think so too Marla ;)

  8. Jas Min
    November 5, 2012

    Thank you for the step by step instructions! Will definately try this one out.

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      You’re most welcome, Jas Min :) hope you give it a try soon!

  9. Jyoan
    November 5, 2012

    I recently tried this trick of using black waxy stuff as base! I do this using gel liner. Recently, Lisa Eldrige has this really nice video on using black and base, and all the colourful makeup on top will just pop yet be subtle enough to wear.

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      I used to use a lot of black shadow for this purpose! Just never thought to use eyeliner :) I’ll go check out Lisa Eldridge :)

  10. Jean
    November 5, 2012

    cool! with this method the eyeshadow makeup looks very natural!
    but what eyeliner pencil u use? case the few i have can smudge easily but won’t stay long..
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      I use the Guerlain Kohl liner pencil. It smudges easily but stays on well for me. Another I have tried with is Canmake. It’s so easy and the colours really look outstanding yet natural. Putting shadow over the liner helps it stay on better too, so maybe try it and see? Or prep with a primer first?

  11. xin
    November 5, 2012

    glad that i learnt this tip too! it really helps to enhance the intensity by 1000, effortlessly.
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Haha indeed! Ups the intensity of all shadows! Perfect.

  12. nani
    November 5, 2012

    I learnt the trick a while ago too. :) It’s also look very nice if you are after a gradient effect. Thanks for the post, PB! I always like your eye application tips. Easy to be followed, but the result is still as sultry. Any tips for oily lids other than applying primer ? I have tried that and set it with powder too, but it’s still give me a panda eye.. :(

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thank you Nani :) I’m glad you like these tips. As for oily lids, I’m afraid I don’t know of anything better than using a lid primer, I’m afraid. I never had oily lids so I can’t really relate to the problem. Another thing I can think of is to use a gel or liquid liner instead of a pencil liner. It should stay on better. I’ll be sure to ask experts for tips for oily lids if I come across any :)

  13. lyn
    November 5, 2012

    I’ve tried this but I need to use an eye primer because waxy pencil all over oily lids equals to crease city. The effect is similar to using a dark eyeshadow or eye crayon (which has better staying power) as a base.

    I still think this is a fantastic tip and it looks like it’s working out very well for you :-)
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thanks Lyn and for the suggestions for oily lid gals. I guess I should count myself lucky not to have oily lids, but it sometimes befuddles me when people ask for help and I’ve o idea what the problem is :P

  14. makeupmag
    November 5, 2012

    Nice picture tutorial, dear! I do this all the time; it works for my single-lidded eyes. ;)
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thank you so much, Mag. I love the way you do your eye makeup. Simple yet eye catching!

      • makeupmag
        November 7, 2012

        Aww, thank you. :) Gradation/blending is key!

  15. gio
    November 5, 2012

    I’ve tried this trick a couple of times, but always went back to using a proper eye primer. When I use an eyeliner as a base, my makeup tends to crease after a few hours. :(
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      I think this works only for those who don’t have a problem with oily lids. But you can’t beat a black base colour for making shadow colours really stand out! ;)

  16. Makeup Morsels
    November 5, 2012

    ohh damn Paris that’s some sexy blending right there! Love this look, and I’ve heard of this trick for smokey eyes before but forgot all about it haha. It works really well, although I do layer primer underneath because my lids need it. Thanks for reminding me, gonna try this next time I go out!
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      I’m sure you’d slay it too! I forgot about the primer bit cos I keep forgetting that others have a problem with oily lids. But using the black as a base colour really brings out the tones in your shadows and that’s what I think does it for me :)

  17. casey23
    November 5, 2012

    Yes I found this trick unintensionally :) I also use different colored eyeliners to mix with eyeshadows and it usually looks perfect. This look is not only for smoky makeup I use it in my daily life too, and I always get compliments!

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Hurrah! I haven’t tried using other liners because I don’t have many colored liners lol! But I plan to check out some and try them and see how they look. I’ve taken to wearing it daily too. So easy to make eyes look defined ;)

  18. Nikki
    November 5, 2012

    I agree on this trick! But I still highly recommend people to use a primer underneath as there could be some transferring that could happen especially on a super humid weather!
    PB, the eye makeup you did looks WONDERFUL!!!!

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Aww shucks, thank you Nikki! And thanks for the primer reminder too!

  19. Arianne
    November 5, 2012

    Gorgeous eye look and tutorial, Paris! I love me a black base, too. It’s great for either a neutral everyday eye or a dramatic smokey eye.
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    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thanks Arianne, praise indeed coming from you :)

  20. bita
    November 6, 2012

    the eye shadow color is very pretty!
    I used this trick, but not as clean and detailed as you described. should give it a try!

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Thank you Bita, practice makes perfect! ;) also, to clean up the eye area, you can use a brush dabbed with some under eye concealer and just run it around th eye area then blend it away. ;)

      • bita
        November 7, 2012

        thanks :) you are so cooool!

  21. kuri
    November 6, 2012

    wow, it really makes a difference to see each step! The colors you use look gorgeous; I need to try this!

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Hope it works for you :) pictures are so much easier than just trying to imagine from text, right? ;)

  22. krisz
    November 6, 2012

    What an amaaaahhhhzing colour! I mean the green. This all make-up looks beautiful on You :)

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      Aww thank you Krisz :) you can do the same with any khaki shade and a gold. They go beautifully together!

  23. Beauty Box
    November 6, 2012

    Fabulous tip! I will try this… I think the NYX Jumbo Pencils sort of do the same thing but I think they smudge and crease like crazy if you do not use an eyeshadow primer. Would you need to do that too which this kohl liner technique?

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      I think the principle of the Nyx liners is the same but I found Nyx liners a bit more creamy so they slide more. Also, you want the black base to help the colours pop so I think a matte sort of liner is best for this trick, or even a gel liner as some have suggested. You can use any normal pencil. The people at Burberry used just a regular pencil as did the one at Dior. I used the Guerlain because it’s the only one I use daily :)

  24. Laura
    November 6, 2012

    Wah, this looks downright amazing for the small amount of effort you expended. Too bad I have yet to find an eyeliner that doesn’t run all over the place on me. Your quip about #5 killed me, btw.

    • Paris B
      November 6, 2012

      It’s effortless for maximum impact! ;) if eyeliner doesn’t work, look for a deep colored or black cream shadow. The impact would be similar ;)

  25. jk
    November 6, 2012

    I tried it when you blogged on tips after your Dior makeover. Didn’t come out that smoothly for me – but I guess more practice is required. It turned out better the 2nd time – but I find that I still need to use my gel eyeliner after the *pencil liner – smudge – eye shadow – blend* routine for a smokey effect.
    More practice is needed at my end for sure especially since I really like the way it’s turned out for you in the pics and am aiming for that effect.

    • Paris B
      November 7, 2012

      Practice makes perfect, JK ;) it took me a few tries before I got the effect I wanted. I usually do this for the day ( ya I know, so drama!) so I skip the liner but if I wanted something more dramatic, then yes, additional liner will do the trick!

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