I’ll be the first to admit it because it’s totally true. When it comes to purple eye liner, I’m the star of my own personal snooze-fest.
It happens sometimes after 25 or 26 years… That’s how long I’ve been wearing purple eye liner (since about 1987).
I started by sneaking a rogue stick of purple LancÃ´me liner out of the house with me every day and lining my upper lash lines with it when I got to school (so sneaky!).
Admittedly, I had no idea what I was doing, so I probably looked like Honey Boo Boo on a bad pageant day, but I didn’t care. I loved the stuff. Still do.
So predictable, I know. But you know what? Purple liner does great things for brown, green and hazel eyes.
I’ve always loved the look and felt that brown eyes (mine are brown) look so much more chocolatey and delicious when they’re lined with plum.
Lately, the purple liner love o’ my life has been BECCA’s new teeny, tiny jar of Belle Ã‰poque (a shout-out to France’s “Beautiful Era,” I presume), a deep, shimmery eggplant cream liner that draws feathery strokes in a single sweep and has a formula that lasts all day long.
I like to work slowly when I apply it, using little strokes and avoiding my water lines. When I wear it on my lash lines it doesn’t move, but on my water lines, Belle Ã‰poque tends to creep after a few hours, ending up beneath my eyes.
“Colour-rich and long-wearing, this versatile formula lays down with the precision of a liquid liner and the ease of a cream. Brush on smooth, dramatic strokes, smudge for a smokey kajal effect or glide over lids as intense shadow.”
Whenever I want to smudge and manipulate the liner to feather and fuzz the lines more, I have about five minutes to act before it sets. Thankfully, it doesn’t transfer into my creases as its drying.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Paraffin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan sesquiisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tropolone, May contain/peut contenir [+/-]: Mica, CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide)
I love wearing Belle Ã‰poque on my lash lines with curled lashes, especially if they’ve been fattened with loads of mascara.
It’s a simple, chic kind of tough girl vibe that isn’t too harsh or hard.
PRICE: $20 for a smallish 0.08-ounce jar
AVAILABILITY: Available now at BECCA counters, Sephora stores and also online
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,