Earlier this week, Make Up For Ever announced it would be teaming up with Charli XCX for the debut of the new Aqua XL Eye Pencil. The launch of the eyeliners features an updated formula—a waterproof range in 20 shades and five finishes—that will replace the brand's existing Aqua Eye Pencils from now in the UK and from May in the U.S. “When I wear makeup I can feel sexy, demure, classic, futuristic… so many different things. Make Up For Ever is vibrant, energetic and diverse. I can play with the products to suit my mood. That’s what I love the most," Charli says in a press release. The brand also adds that this partnership is "the first of an ongoing series of artistic collaborations that highlight stage artists and their makeup artists."
We caught up with the singer and her makeup artist Colby Smith at the Aqua XL Eye Pencil event in New York City. Keep scrolling to read the Q&A where she divulges all of her makeup must-haves.
We know you love makeup, so tell us about your favorite look to wear.
Charli: "Since I was really young I always loved a winged eye. Usually when I do it myself, I go for a classic cat eye with a thin line, but I like layering colors to create a bolder look. I also really love a stripped back look. Like, completely dewy skin, a patted-on lip color, no foundation and maybe mascara. Like a really pure and innocent look."
Do you remember the first time you discovered the brand?
Charli: "Yes, it was on photo shoots around the time I was 16. I remember a lot of the makeup artists always had the Color Palette with all the bright colors. I was like 'What is that?' and would want them to use those colors on me. That palette is always the brightest thing in anyone's kit. So when Make Up For Ever approached me I was like 'Oh my gosh, of course!'"
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Which one of the brighter shades can someone pull off during the day?
Colby: "Oh my gosh the lavender! A little M-92 along the waterline will brighten the eyes and make you look wide awake. The colour is gorgeous and so versatile! I love it."
What Make Up For Ever product are you totally obsessed with?
Charli: "I really really love the Ultra HD Foundation (£29), but my ultimate favorite is the Rouge Artist Lip Palette (£31). It's THE BEST! It comes with the cute little brush and is so small. I really love that [the formula] moisturizes lips and you can do really do a lot with it."
If you could only wear one shade from the line for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
Charli: "So I really love D-62. It's a satin-y almost metallic brown. It's a very neutral colour for me. I used to only wear black when I was going for a day time look, which kind of isn't a day time look. So, brown is a new discovery to me and it brings out the amber in my eyes, which I didn't even know until my makeup artist told me to try a brown liner! But I might also go with M-22, a blue that I can see myself wearing day and night."
Are you excited to try the new and improved liners from Make Up For Ever? Tell us in the comments!
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