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Wet n Wild Color Icon Shimmer Pencil

This was yet another impulse purchase, yet unlike most of my impulse purchases, I don’t regret this one!  I picked up a Wet n Wild Color Icon Shimmer Pencil in Silver for 69 cents at Walgreens, figuring if I didn’t like it, well, the kids could color with it!

I almost always wear black eyeliner, and even when I don’t, I prefer dark liners like navy or purple.  I decided to try this silver liner on its own and see how it looked.

I lined my eyes top and bottom with the silver pencil, and I instantly loved it!  The liner applies smoothly and without the glittery, teeny-bopper look of most sparkly liner pencils.  There really isn’t any glitter to this pencil; it gets its namesake shimmer from a true metallic color, not from chunks of sparkly glitter.  It’s much more sophisticated and pretty than glitter.

I wore this liner to work today and am still loving it.  I have exceptionally oily skin, but my liner is still going strong, close to quitting time.  (Granted, I applied a rather thick layer so that the liner shows up like a gunmetal gray instead of a barely-there silver.)

Bottom line?  I love this liner, love the color, and would definitely buy it again.  At less than a dollar each, I would love to try other colors, especially blue or copper.

Choose an Eyeliner Color

There are several factors to consider when selecting an eyeliner, and color is only one of them. Here are some tips on color from eHow.com’s article, How to Find an Eyeliner Color:Choose an eyeliner that complements your eye color. Browns and plums compliment brown eyes, taupe and deep green compliment green eyes, sandy taupes and deep browns make blue eyes sparkle and if you have hazel eyes, pick the color you’d like to bring out and buy an eyeliner in the same hue or choose black to bring out all of the colors at once.I have dark brown eyes, and the best eyeliner color for me, far and away, is a medium purple color. I get so many compliments when I wear purple eyeliner. I also get a lot of compliments with a medium blue color.

Two to try (for brown eyes, like mine):

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Smoky Plum (above)

Men in Make-Up

Last year, $4.8 million was spent on male grooming products in the United States, a 7% increase over the previous year and a 42% increase since 2001 (source: Euromonitor). Men’s personal care lines now include self-bronzer, concealer, and face masks, and trendy words like “metrosexual” have been tossed about to label men with a concern for their appearance.

I’m very interested in both men’s and women’s opinions on this one. Ladies raved about Johnny Depp’s eyeliner in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and Pete Wentz, lead singer of Fallout Boys, is routinely photographed wearing eyeliner, as are other male musicians. Ladies, would the same attraction to Johnny Depp’s eyeliner hold true if your boyfriend or husband decided to try the trend? What about less obvious make-up, like concealer for breakouts or dark circles under his eyes? And men, what would you be willing to try? Any of it? All of it?

Personally, I think the eyeliner and obvious make-up would only work for musicians in our society. What’s cool on the lead singer of a band would be heavily penalized for a man walking into the office or a boardroom or working behind any counter. Like long hair, it really depends on the man whether it even looks good or not.

The notion that a man who cares about his appearance should be branded with a label (metrosexual, or even ruder terms) is silly to me. Maybe most men are not as obsessed with (or judged as heavily by) their looks as most women, but pretending it’s never a concern, at all, in such an appearance-oriented society is far-fetched, to say the least. Wikipedia actually extends the definition of a metrosexual to include a man “…whose lifestyles display attributes stereotypically seen among gay men.” When did caring about your appearance render you homosexual?

I’d like to see more men drop the overly macho (and extremely annoying) persona and stop jabbing the label of homosexual at any man who openly cares what he looks like. Then again, I’d like to see more women cultivate their minds and ideas far more than their cosmetic collection, so my final opinion on the men in make-up subject is concern that the obsession with looks is diverting energy and attention from far more important issues in this world. Is the obsession a distraction in a crazy world gone wrong? Is it mindlessness?

I like the eyeliner look on a man who can pull it off, who has the attitude and personality to wear it well, but it’s a look only men in Hollywood and rock bands can likely get away with. I end up wondering if we are moving in a dangerous direction, though, where battles on sexism and stereoptypes are being fought to permit men into the agonizing and unrewarding arena of obsessing over appearance, instead of a more productive battle to focus on substance over superficial looks for everyone. Are we going the wrong way here?