Call it the Summer of the Mermaid. Glimmering aqua eyes, silver nails and soft mouths are all the rage this season.

Maybe it’s because we’ve emerged from the longest winter in recent memory. Or maybe it’s the fact that Disney’s Ariel turns 20 this year. Whatever the reason, we’re yearning to live the life aquatic. And cosmetics companies are looking below the waves for inspiration.

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Lise Watier’s Sea Belle, a cute play-on-words (si belletranslates toso beautifulin French), is a dramatic collection of saltwater-inspired hues. The main event is their Sea Belle eyeshadow quartet in Lagoon. The colours go on like satin and are housed in an eye-catching metallic blue compact.Métal Liner in Deep Ocean is a rich royal blue that goes on easily, stays put and has a subtly sparkly finish. Eye Glitter Liner in Cybermint is a liquid liner with green and blue sparkles; it’s a little high school play for daily use, but if you’re searching for a dramatic look for a big night out, dive in!


Annabelle’s Hydropolis line features such sea-worthy eyeliners as Atomic Surf, Mermaid, Sea Green and Wahine Blue and accompanying multi-striped eyeshadows in combos like Water Lily and Aquatech. Make your eyes the main attraction by toning down your mouth. Annabelle’s Le Gloss Stick in Bikini Beige is a subtle and pretty neutral.

Marcelle’s Aquatik line features three different shades of highly-pigmented Aquatik Dome Eye Shadows (Tropik, Pink Star and Aquamarine), a cleverly packaged product with a marbled look that allows the user to customize the intensity and hue. The3-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner in Chrome is an eye-brightening metallic with abuilt-in smudge sponge and harpener.Depending on how much you choose to smudge, you can either make yourself into a bewitching sea nymph or a sexy other-worldly fembot.

The celebrated nailpolish manufacturer’s summer collection is a must for any bathing beauty! The Mermaid in the Shade line is a grouping of shimmering blues and whites that go on ultra-sheer, but gain intensity and drama after three or four coats. The collection is made up of Lagoon A Beach, Underwater, Just a Fairytale, Water Baby, Blue Grotto and Mermaid To Order, which is an irresistible deep-green with a high gloss finish that reminds us of mermaid tails.


If you’re going to look like a mermaid, you should probably smell the part. Kenzo’s newest fragrance is L’AU PAR KENZO Eau Indigo. The fresh yet mysterious floral comes in a bottle inspired by the way the sun lights up the waves.