"Layering liners is a great way to soften and add pop. Try colors like azure (it's a bold, yet tasteful blue that looks gorgeous over black liner), bronze, or a burgundy. Plum is gorgeous, but why not try burgundy? Alone it may make the eye look a little too feverish, but a black smudged liner grounds the shade to an oh-so-modern hue."
1. "Take a soft black pencil and line just the top lash-line from the inner-eye to outer corner (or line the entire eye very close to lash-line, for a more intense look), and smudge. You really want a blended line. It will help make the blending of the shimmery-colored shadow step go faster and much easier."
2. "I tend to go for pot shimmer shadows to add depth, but a pencil liner will have the same effect—just make sure it's a creamy, shimmery liner. Using a moistened, small, tight brush or a pencil, dot and dash your color over the black smudged line. Next, feather and smudge the colored shadow or pencil up and over the already-smudged black liner. If you're doing a smoky eye, be sure to go easy underneath."
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road and Via Appia, $15, available at NARS; L'Oreal Double Extend Eye Illuminator Illuminating Eyeliner in Black Crystal and Black Quartz, $8.95, available at Ulta.