I Wear: My Face Is My Canvas

Towards the end of last year, I developed a love for face colour (thanks in no small part to Reema). We focussed mainly on eye make-up and lip colour. Together we explored a variety of shades, brands and styles.

Wingtips are back after a couple of decades so you of the steady hand can pull off a snappy tip or two. The corners of my forehead are high frequency contact areas (hair swishing, headscarf for when I’m travelling, ‘oh-my-head-hurts’ poses). But I made two happy discoveries in the form of gel eye pencils and Lakme Absolute Shine Line. Gel pencils combine the durability of liquid liners with the easy of use of eye pencils. Once you’ve laid on a line, it dries in a couple of seconds and no am0unt of rubbing will smudge it. On the other hand, it is a pencil so the lines never end as sharply as the wingtip designs demand. Which is where the Lakme Absolute Shine Lines have come in handy. The brush is a neat, sharp bristle. The liquid itself has stayed light and flowing without congealing (Maybelline did that!). The colour is on the sparkly/shimmery side so I’ve used it mostly to highlight. Together, these have comprised my go-to eye style kit. Here are some ways I used them:

The Mirror Never Lies: I wanted a look that was light and fuss-free but which added a little zest to my day. So I laid on a thin line of Absolute Shine Line grey on each eyelid. It gave my eyes that mirror-sparkly look. I teamed them up a light layer of Revlon ColorBurst 250 Standout Remarquable, my go-to red lipstick all winter. I actually wiped it off after applying it, leaving behind just a stain-like tinge of red on my lips.


Peacock Eyes: After bringing home a range of blue, green, teal and turquoise eye shades in liquid and gel pencils, I decided to go wild and use them all in combination. It’s a bit hard to remember the exact order and shades used right now but from experience, I guess this is what it would have been:

  • Use the lighter gel pencil colour to draw a line on the upper and lower (outer) lid.
  • Take a darker gel pencil colour and draw on top of the first colour, starting from the inside of the eye. Stop midway and make sure the colours are blended in (you may need to return with the first lighter colour to do this properly).
  • Now take the lighter colour and create a triangle at the outer corner of each eye. This shouldn’t be too hard, just lift the pencil above the lash line a little and press down harder. Fill in any gaps of colour inside the triangle.
  • Use the darker colour to join the triangle to the lower lid and draw a thin line just along the lower lash line. Depending on the colours and how striking you want to look, you can stop midway on the lower lid or take it right to the inner corner of the eye and join it to the upper lid line.
  • Use a liquid liner to outline the upper and lower lash lines. You can also outline the triangle on the outside and make the wingtips sharper.


Jhumkaed & Wingtipped: Now here’s a rare occasion when I used shape instead of colour for drama. This is the Lakme Shine Line grey but in long, dramatic wingtips. I also used it to draw a very thin line on each lower lid and filled in the inside of the lid with smokey-grey eye pencil. Blazing red lipstick and silver jhumkas did the rest.


Whimsy: Never forget that your face is a canvas and make-up, nothing more than your pallette! This is a time I went all out. In addition to teal, turquoise and navy in gel pencils and liquid liner, I also added shape drama. First the wingtips in the method I mentioned in ‘Peacock Eyes’. Then a couple of squiggles at the outer corners of each eye. In case you’re wondering, yes, I did go out like this.


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