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Best eyeliner looks
November 26, 2017, 3:06 pm
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Let’s be real: faking bigger eyes is a covetable makeup trick that just about every makeup-loving girl wants to master. While we can’t promise a magical doe-eyes at the drop of a hat, here are some easy, fool-proof ways to make your own eyes bigger and brighter using only eyeliner and mascara.

All the eyeliner advice in the world won’t make a bit of difference if you’re starting out on a canvas of dark circles and uneven skin tone. Make sure to follow these four steps to get your eyes ready to look their best.

Dab on lightweight eye cream to hydrate. Focus only on the area under the eyes, not lids (as this will cause makeup to smear). The cream should absorb quickly and leave your skin feeling smooth but not greasy.

Apply a color corrector to neutralize dark circles. Pick an orange-based corrector and apply with a small brush. Make sure to go up to the lashline, as well as the inner corner of the eye to lighten the dark area by the nose. Let the color sit on your skin instead of blending in.

Pat concealer directly on top of the corrector. This will virtually erase any darkness and create a smooth, clean palette for your eye makeup.  Use your ring finger to blend the concealer carefully.

Keep concealer from sliding away throughout the day with powder.  Choose a translucent powder and lightly dust it all over the face.

The best eyeliner looks are:

Shimmery bright: Use a bright metallic liner to outline the outer half of the top and bottom lash lines. Concentrate at the outer corners to help flick lashes upward, as this will create the illusion of an upturned eye.

Peachy keen: Line the inner rim of the lower lid with a flesh-toned pencil to give the illusion that the whites of your eyes are rounder. Apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes.

Less liner: Line bottom lash line from the outer corner halfway inward with a dark neutral color. Stay as close as possible to the lashline.  Ignore the upper lash line entirely and just apply mascara to bottom and top lashes.  Tip: Skip this if you have round eyes, which look best when the top lash line is darker and thicker.

Upturned ends: Draw a super-skinny strip of black liquid liner along the base of your upper lashes. Stay as close to the lash line as possible. When you get to the end, flick up and out to make the eyes appear larger.

Halfway haute: Using a black liner, start at the center of the top lash line and draw out, making it thicker at the outer corners.  The thickness makes it look like your eye shape extends to where the liner is. Then, use a soft shadow brush to smudge and soften the line slightly.

Bright lights: Use a navy or aqua liner across the entire upper lash line (both colors make the whites of eyes looks whiter).  Curl lashes and apply three coats of black mascara to top lashes only. Add a volumizing mascara to finish off the look.

 

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