With cooler weather comes a longing for something different in the makeup department; something a little… spicy. I’ve often turned to a burgundy lip (as seen at the recent Met Gala) when the mercury has dropped, but this season it’s time to let the eyes take the spotlight. Introducing my new winter makeup obsession – the plum eyeliner.
Used exactly as you would a black kohl liner, the plum look gives an alternative from the predictable black line. Best of all – it’s suitable for all skin types. In the photo above, I’ve used Estee Lauder Pure Colour Intense Kajal EyeLiner in ‘Blackened Plum’, on my top and bottom waterline, as well as along the top lashline on my lid. Using my finger to help melt the waxy pencil texture, I’ve smudged it lightly for a worn-in feel. The Estee Lauder liner goes on a dream, and is my pick for best Plum Eyeliner on the market. It has a blue-black look, which was piercing against my pale skin and deep brown eyes. I wore it with a sweep of Tom Ford Cheek Color in ‘Savage’ and Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara in ‘Black’ only. Let the eyes do the talking.
Clinique’s Quickliner for Eyes Intense in ‘Intense Plum’ gives the Estee Lauder a run for its money, and wins extra points for the smudger on the other end of the pencil. A roll-on rather than a pencil, the Clinique formula is very soft and blends easily, great for day wear and if you want a lot of coverage, but I did find it slipped below the lashline a little more than I’d anticipated. Pigmentation is high, though, so if you’re after a pencil that will give an extreme plum smokey eye, this is your guy.
Looking for a cheaper option to first try the trend? Face of Australia’s option is a nice starting point, but you won’t get the long-stay results you would from Estee Lauder.
So next time you reach for the black kohl for a night out over mulled wine with the girls, try a plum instead. It will spice up your look, provide a talking point, and have you stand out from the crowd.