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How to: Create Aqua Eyes

One of New Zealand’s best known makeup artists (and a genuinely lovely person), Nikki Lovrich is an old hand at beautifying faces for glossy magazines and television commercials. A regular on TV One’s Good Morning, she was also the makeup artist for the television series 10 Years Younger, and she’s worked on the faces of many of the world’s celebrities. You can visit her blog by clicking here.

We asked Nikki to share some of her tricks of the trade and voila! Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating beautiful blue, teal or aqua eyeliner.


“My favorite every day eye makeup look is very simple – it’s just a flick of aqua or green pencil smudged across my lids followed by black mascara. I’ve noticed it gets a positive response from people although many of them seem to be a bit nervous to wear the look themselves. I say try it! I’m proud to say I’ve inspired many of my friends into using a coloured pencil to brighten up their eyes and I hope I can inspire you too :-)”

“I often use either an emerald green (MAC Minted) or a teal (NARS Kaliste), and lately I’ve been loving Estee Lauder’s new Dramatic Teal. Here’s how to do it!”

MAC Minted

M.A.C Minted, $36

1. Lightly dust mineral powder or a neutral toned eyeshadow across your lids to create a nice smooth canvas to work on.

Nars Kaliste

NARS Kaliste $47. Buy it here

2. Give your brows some definition by sweeping them into a feminine arch with a brown pencil or brow makeup.

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal, $52

3. Taking your pencil of choice, start from the inner corner of the eye and draw a line as close to the lashes as possible. Take care to use short, light strokes to create a soft smooth line, as if you were sketching on paper.  Flick the line out at the end of the eye to create an elongated shape – the length of the flick depends on how dramatic you want your eyes to look.

4. Take a small brush or cotton bud and lightly smudge the line with a touch of corresponding eye shadow. Sometimes I just leave the line as it is (great if you are in a hurry!) but smudging it gives a more ‘professional’ look, plus it makes the liner last longer and prevents it from running. If you like you can also blend some colour along the lower lid for extra intensity.

A great option is to dust some shimmer powder or shiny eye shadow in a neutral tone (such as silver or taupe) across the brow bone. This is something extra you can do for a sparkly evening look and tie it in with shimmery cheeks and glossy lips.

6. Complete the look with black mascara and remember to layer it on while its still wet to avoid clumping.

Smashbox Neptune

Tip: If you don’t have an eye pencil or feel a bit nervous of them, use a fine eyeliner brush and eyeshadow. We’re adoring Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Cream Shadow in Neptune. $38. Buy it here.

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