Boogie nights! Keep on dancing… keep on dancing. BOOGIE NIGHTS!
Whew. Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. It’s just that whenever I use the eyeliners from the Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencil Set ($18), I can’t help but burst into song (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this).
A limited-edition release for the holidays, the Cargo Boogie Nights set comes with five glittery, mini eyeliners and a sleek case that fits snugly in the palm of my hand.
- Aqua: shimmery teal with silver glitter
- Black: shimmery cool blue-black with silver glitter
- Blue: shimmery royal blue with silver glitter
- Purple: shimmery dark purple with silver glitter
- Silver: shimmery silver
Swatches from left to right: Silver, Blue, Purple, Black, Aqua
If you’re a club girl and want a very flamboyant glitter eyeliner (hey, homie, I’ve been there), then Boogie Nights might not have enough flash for you. But if you’re looking for just a tiny hint of sparkle, then you might like dig this set!
The Boogie Nights pencils require a few special steps to keep on dancing from day into night, but, thankfully, the moves aren’t too complicated.
How to Wear the Boogie Nights Eye Pencils
1. Start with a primer.
On bare lids, the Boogie Nights pencils have limited staying power when worn alone. I first tried wearing the pencils just on my upper lash line without any primer. After two hours, the color vanished and glitter scattered onto my lower lash line and my cheeks. To boost staying power to eight hours, priming my lids first with Too Faced Shadow Insurance really helps.
2. Use your fingers to warm the pencil up.
The Boogie Nights eyeliners are very firm, so softening the pencil tips first with heat creates a smoother application. A warm pencil tip glides across my lids without any tugging on my skin, and also applies with a richer, more pigmented color.
All I do is place the tip between my thumb and pointer finger, and then gently roll it back and forth until the pencil softens. Then, I apply the softened liner directly to my upper lash line.
3. Set the liner with a coordinating powder shadow.
Lastly, I apply a coordinating powder shadow or loose pigment directly on top of the line using a Sonia Kashuk Angled Eye Shadow Brush. The powder helps to lock the eyeliner in place.
A few combinations that I’ve tried and liked:
- Aqua with MAC Parrot Eye Shadow or MAC Cool Heat Eyeshadow
- Black with MAC Dark Soul Pigment or MAC Club
- Purple with MAC Odd Couple Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo
- Blue with MAC Bell Bottom Blue Pigment
- Silver with MAC Illegal Cargo Eye Shadow
I’m a little bummed that the liners aren’t of the slap-it-on-and-go variety, but a little bit of work yields very pretty results.
Aqua pencil with MAC Parrot
The 70s band Heatwave, of Always and Forever slow jam fame, sings the song Boogie Nights. Note to file: if you ever find yourself on stage with a band, avoid donning identical, tight, black and gold outfits!
I really like that the colors and subtle sparkle give me a fun way to wear glitter during the day looks without looking like a Vegas show girl!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,