Summer-ize Your Black Eyeliner By Switching To Navy Blue

It's as bold as black, but it has a fresh, chic twist for summer.
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It's as bold as black, but it has a fresh, chic twist for summer.

I've been wearing black eyeliner practically every leave-the-apartment day of my thirties. Prior to that, I almost always wore brown and sometimes gray, but I didn't get truly comfortable with the classic drama of black until I was a grown-ass woman. 

In fact, for the first few summers after I'd switched to predominantly black liner, I felt it was too intense for summer, and I'd go liner-less or switch back to brown during the hottest months. I've warmed up to wearing black year-round now, but sometimes I want to wear a color that's just as dark as black but feels... fresher. 

That's why I'll be working navy liner into my makeup routine quite a bit this summer. Blue naturally feels more summery than black, what with it being the color of oceans and pools and stuff; and in one of its deepest variants, it creates just as much intensity and definition as black.

Here are three of the ways I'll be wearing navy eyeliner this summer, and some products you can use to try it yourself.

Gel Liner: Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner In Rio Blue

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This limited-edition color is part of the Rio Rush collection, designed with makeup artist Gucci Westman. I knew I loved it before I applied it (and now Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You" is stuck in your head--you're welcome) because of the almost-metallic dark blue shade. 

Pardon my mascara crumb.

Pardon my mascara crumb.

I decided to use it for a classic thinner-towards-the-inside, thicker-towards-the-outside upper lash line style, but this formula is incredibly versatile. It's creamy, easy to control, and lasts all damn day. I love that there's a little brush built into the cap, that I was able to build the intensity, and that it didn't once smudge on my hooded lids.

This is my there's-something-questionable-over-there-but-I-can't-seem-to-muster-enough-interest-to-investigate face.

This is my there's-something-questionable-over-there-but-I-can't-seem-to-muster-enough-interest-to-investigate face.

Other great navy gel liner options include L'Oréal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24HR in Navy (172) and Color Secrets Professional Gel Eyeliner in Midnight Blue, which comes in packaging almost identical to Revlon's.

Liquid Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner In Sabbath

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When I think of Sabbath, I think of Black Sabbath--years of Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke and zero Hebrew school will do that--so Urban Decay's thusly named dark blue liquid liner instantly piqued my interest.

This applicator is the finest I've seen in the paint-on format, making it perfect for a cat eye. 

It maintains an almost wet look for a little while. 

It maintains an almost wet look for a little while. 

I typically prefer liquid liner in pen form for the sake of feeling in control, but the skinniness of the 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner brush makes it pretty easy for even we shaky-handed types to get it right.

From a distance, it almost looks black, but up close it's a really beautiful, rich, deep, dark (and other good adjectives) blue.

From a distance, it almost looks black, but up close it's a really beautiful, rich, deep, dark (and other good adjectives) blue.

Other navy liquid liners in this format that you may want to look into: Lancome Artliner in Navy (401) and Sephora Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24HR in Sailor Kiss.

Pencil: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in (Wave)length

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There's just no reason to buy dry, chalky pencils that drag and pull at your eyelids. Pencil formulas are becoming much silkier, and this is one of the best examples. The melty-ness of Highliner makes it ideal for smudgy, smoky looks like this one.

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I used a smudger tool to really spread the color, and on mobile lids as small as mine, it almost looks like I have a full lid of eyeshadow. In this look (and the other two) I didn't wear any eyeshadow, but this one especially lends itself to some dramatic shadow should you wish to add some.

It also lends itself to overdramatic gazes.

It also lends itself to overdramatic gazes.

Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Intense Midnight is another great no-sharpening, twist-up navy pencil. 

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof in Sailor Suit (Sephora has a thing for sailors, clearly) is a classic pencil, but it goes on smoothly and stays in place for an impressively long time.

What's your favorite navy eyeliner? Do you wear black liner year-round?