Colored Eyeliner

    Think of it as makeup's answer to the revival of "Hair," the 1968 peace-love-and-happiness musical that celebrates hippies of every stripe. Eyeliner this season is taking its cue from the rainbow, too. But since the Technicolor lid can be tough to pull off, StyleList asked M.A.C. Cosmetics makeup artist Bianca Alexander for some expert tips on incorporating ravishing reds and brilliant blues into your style. (Hint: Add just a touch -- then let the sun shine in.)


    Aubergine. Eggplant. Plum. Whatever you call it, purple is the color of the season. Like Michael Kors' models, dare to wear sunset-inspired eye makeup anchored by purple liner. Off the runway, though, Alexander suggests foregoing bright shadow when wearing a colored liner: "Let it stand alone -- it has something to say."

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    "Colors with the same pantone always work well together," Alexander says. "Aubergines look beautiful with blue eyes."


    M.A.C Dual Edge Eye Pencil in Fab Orchid and Dash Lily, $17, www.maccosmetics.com, N.Y.C. Eyeliner Duet in Through the Storm, $2, www.newyorkcolor.com

    Not ready for theatrical, purple-rimmed eyes? Try a plummy mascara instead. Swiped gently over lashes, the shade seems almost black, but layer on a few more coats and the purple undertones will shine through, giving eyes a rich glow.
    Givenchy Captiv' Eyes in Purple Black, $25, www.sephora.com

    Miuccia Prada likes the ombre look from top to toe. The designer, who delighted with taupe-and-lime silettoes, mixed the same sparkling shades on her models' lids, bringing out the best in brown eyes.

    If you have green or hazel eyes, play them up. Aleander says an emerald shade will bring out the jewel tones in green or hazel eyes. Dark-eyed beauties should stick with earthier shades of green, such as olive or ivy.
    Wet n Wild Kohl Eyeliner in Cool Green, $1, www.walgreens.com, Rimmel Spark It Up! In Peridot, $5, www.ulta.com

    Subtlety won't make you a wallflower. If it's a softer look you're after, use a powdered shadow to add a touch of green to your makeup palette. A loose powder version, like this one by Max Factor, can be mixed easily another color, allowing you to customize your look.
    Max Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo in Sultry Sage, $8, www.drugstore.com

    Red and pink liners, like this combo at Ben Di Lisi's Spring 2008 show, are the most challenging to pull off. The key, Alexander says, "is making sure that the pink or red shade is super bold. You don't want it to look like eye irritation."

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    Ready to try your hand at red? A ruby pencil will ignite the look on girls with hazel or brown eyes. And if you're brave enough to try a fiery eye, balance it with a natural lip. "The best technique is to use lip balm blended with a bit of concealer to tone down your lip color," says Alexander.
    Manic Panic Eyeliner in Vampire Red, $7, www.manicpanic.biz

    OK, red-hot peepers are not for everyone. But if you want to try a little red without seeing red work it into other aspects of your makeup. Try an extra-bright blush, or dare to paint your lips scarlet.
    M.A.C Fafi Lipstick in Fun n' Sexy, $14, www.maccosmetics.com, M.A.C Powder Blush in Sweetness, $18, www.maccosmetics.com