Here is a close up of Chanel’s La Ligne de Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Celadon-Lame, out for the holidays 2009. It’s a deep, dark, wonderful green. You can see how yummy it looks in the pan if you click on the picture, below. Go on, click it — it’s so pretty!
Swatches are available at Karlasugar’s blog.
Eyeliner is one of the trickiest makeup products to apply. One mis-step, and it can change the look of the most important area of your face. I find gel eyeliners extremely easy to use, and very long-lasting. However, one of the most classic eyeliners is a cake liner. Typically, one uses a cake liner wet. This is most easily accomplished if you wet the brush, not the liner cake.
I find cake eyeliners tremendously versatile. I use two brushes–the first to actually line the eye. A good flat-topped brush (here, Laura Mercier’s, but there are lot of companies that make them) is best for making a sharp, defined line around the lash lines.
Second, I use a smudge brush (again, this is Laura Mercier’s but several companies make them) to smudge the liner, and to add a bit of powder over the sharp line to add a bit of smoke. Alternatively, you could add a lighter color to soften and lighten the liner color.
I find that it’s best to use these brushes wet. First, most cake eyeliners are hard and give off very little pigment unless you fight them for it. A wet brush is a great weapon to beat some pigment out of the cake. I find that a spritz of water isn’t enough. Also, using my tongue usually leaves a color mark so I avoid that too. It’s best to run the brushes under water, then “squeegee” the excess water out by using two fingers, or dab the brush on a towel. Here, I’m using Chanel’s black cake eyeliner duo. I’m starting with the flat-topped brush in the matte side of the duo, to make a sharp line within the lash line.
This next picture shows how versatile a cake eyeliner can be, and why I love them. You can use them to make the thinnest possible line, or really layer it on for a thick, dark look. The reality is, that a cake eyeliner can give me the kind of control that I cannot get from other eyeliners. This is why I don’t mind the complication of using them. I cannot get a line of the same thinness and pigmentation with a gel, or a pencil–the thin, flat, wet brush and the highly pigmented, light powder makes using a cake eyeliner unique.
Next, I take a wet, squeegee’d smudge brush and put it into the shimmer side of the eyeliner duo. You can use a black eyeshadow (like MAC Carbon) for this part if you aren’t working with a duo.
I applied the smudge brush to the same three tester lines from the previous picture, so that it shows how you can “soften” the edges of the cake liner to the look that you are trying to achieve.
You can see around the edges of the largest and narrowest lines that you can sweep the smudge brush to a very soft edge if you like. I’m constantly amazed how easy cake eyeliner is to use, even on some busy mornings. And the layering helps the eyeliner last all day and into the evening–I had a very hard time washing this off with a tough cleanser!
Let me know if you have any questions!
Here are a few pictures from last week’s Chanel Paris-Shanghai show. A remarkable consistency in the makeup–the 1960′s appear to have returned. Heavy winged liner, heavy brows, and almost no color anywhere else on the face. The nails were a combination of either a shimmery metallic or a neutral or shimmer topped with a shiny black tip. More of the show is on Chanel.com. Enjoy!
If have been to Makeupalley, including the very bottom of the very valuable Snickersforsnuggles notepad, you know that there are always makeup deals in November and December. Friends and Family discounts are almost everywhere, including Sephora, Lancome, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Bergdorf Goodman’s makeup counters, and sometimes–yes, at least once, even MAC. If you keep checking your email, and other sale sources like retailmenot, you’ll find them lasting anywhere from a few hours to several days.
To my knowledge, Chanel has never run a percent-off deal. Unless it’s part of a department store event, it’s full price or no Chanel. That being said, ordering directly from Chanel sometimes gets you a fairly good sized sample of something wonderful, like a mini-Rouge Allure lipstick or mini-Sublimage moisturizer.
My most recent order came with the best gift with purchase of all time–a full-sized Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara in Smoky Noir. Considering that the price of this item is $30.00, this gift amounted to much more than 20% of my total order. Why this order? Ah, the mysteries of Chanel. The explanatory card that came in the box was vague, referring to customer loyalty. So, I’m not sure, but I’m going to enjoy the gift anyway.