Bored of black liner? Never
But this autumn, we’re mixing up our usual coal-toned kohl with smudgeable gel pencils in gold-flecked bronze, royal blue and plummy burgundy
Ease yourself in

We all love black liner, but even the most precise kitten flick can start to feel samey if you wear it every day. A slim pencil in a rich, metallic brown is an easy way to mix things up: slick Hourglass’s 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Bronze (pictured, £16, Cult Beauty) sharply along your upper lashes, or blend Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish (£16, Marks & Spencer) into a warm smoky eye.  

Get the blues

Blue liner can feel fresh and joyful (a thick azure swipe) or understated and elegant (a dark navy kohl). Glossier’s Colorslide pencil in Adult Swim (pictured, £13) – a favourite of Stylist’s beauty director Shannon – is a bit of both: an intense indigo that calls to mind Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. Want something subtler? Try Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye Pencil in Sabbath (£12.80), a matte midnight blue that easily subs in for black. 

Emerald eyes

There’s something very glamorous – and *whispers* festive – about a rich green eye. Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner in New Black Ivy (£20) is a dark forest tone, Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in (Steel)etto (pictured, £20, Net-a-Porter) is more teal, while NYX’s Slide On Eye Pencil in Golden Olive (£6.50, Boots) has a lovely khaki shimmer. All will look excellent with a black dress and a dirty martini. 

Mulled wine

Plummy burgundy liner may seem daunting, but it’s ultra-wearable on dark skin – and makes green and hazel eyes pop brilliantly. Our beauty editor Lucy sang the praises of Victoria Beckham Beauty’s black Satin Kajal Liner in a recent Stylist Loves Beauty email, and she’s into Bordeaux, a matte dark red shade, just as much (pictured, £20). Wear with a bright lip like Eva Green for a deliciously 70s going out-out look. 

Grey days

OK, it’s not as jazzy as burgundy, but a slate eyeliner is a key bit of kit. Why? Because while jet black kohl is great for nights out, it can look a little Evanescence at the bus stop at 8am – especially if you’re tired and/or hungover. A soft grey pencil like Nars’s High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Haight Ashbury (£15.20, John Lewis) will add definition without looking harsh: just add blush and balm

Always picking the nudest of nudes when you get a manicure? Stylist’s beauty writer Hanna has discovered the perfect nail polish brand for you…

I never really feel ‘done’ without something on my nails. The downside? Numerous shellac manicures have left them a little worse for wear. So lately, I’ve turned back to the humble varnish – namely, J.Hannah Nail Polish. I was initially drawn in by its uber chic packaging; thankfully the formulas more than live up to the brand’s Insta-worthy aesthetic.

Non-toxic and cruelty-free, the collection’s inspired by artists’ palettes and natural elements, with each subtle shade created to seamlessly complement your wardrobe. My favourite colour? Fauna, a gorgeous ochre inspired by ginger massage oil and French artist Ivan Da Silva Bruhns. Lovely. £15, J.Hannah

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