Remember when Stella McCartney sent her models down the runway wearing electric blue mascara?
That was ages ago, fall 2012, and now the trend has finally—FINALLY!—trickled down to the red carpet, via one Olivia Munn.
So you know what that means. Get ready to start seeing bold, bright colours on the eyelashes near you.
Here's what Olivia wore to the recent premiere of 'Mortdecai':
Okay, so black dress, cutouts, soft wavy hair... nothing too groundbreaking.
The REAL action is happening on the face:
Whoa, mama. I love this!
We're so used to bright colour via eyeliner and eyeshadow that doing it in a mascara suddenly feels SO fresh and fun. This way, there's no worrying about where to place the pigment, how thick or thin to draw the line, or how intense it should be.
Contrary to what you might imagine, I don't think coloured lashes can ever look overdone... that is, not unless you wear 'em with strong colours elsewhere on the face.
Behind the purple, you can see a sweep of black liner in a gentle flick, which adds needed definition to Olivia's eyes so they don't get lost (otherwise known as "grounding" the colour). Then there's some pretty pink on the lips and cheeks.
The only thing I don't like here, as you can probably guess, is the way-too-obvious lip liner. And perhaps her brows are filled in with a pencil that's a bit too warm, which is a problem we've noticed on Olivia before.
This mascara is available in North America in It-Pink, the same amazing hot pink colour as that Dior liquid liner I test-drove as a "beauty dare" in the fall. I have the pink mascara, and it really does coat the lashes well with pigment, unlike the coloured mascaras of seasons past that didn't really show up.
One final look at Olivia:
See how from afar, the purple lashes don't overtake the look or scream out for attention? (As eyeliners and eyeshadows can sometimes do.)
They just add a hint of flirty colour... and most of all, FUN! Are you game to try this?
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What do you think of Olivia's look here? Would you ever wear purple mascara?