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Playing with eyeliner
July 2, 2017, 3:05 pm

Eyeliner is one of the most integral parts of your makeup looks. Sure the artistic cat-eye and smoky eye gazes are all about liner, but even some of the most natural, barely there makeup has some type of eyeliner involved. Why, you may ask? Because it’s a sneaky way to subtly call attention to your eyes, make lashes look longer, your eye color more vibrant, and even look more awake. Knowing what color, where to put it, and how to apply it are key skills that any makeup lover should have in her beauty repertoire.

There are three basic types of eyeliner: pencil, gel and liquid. Each has its own special application and skill level.

Pencil eyeliner: This is the most common (and easiest) type and perfect for an everyday look. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not regularly sharpening their pencils. In addition to keeping them clean and bacteria-free, sharpening your pencil ensures you can get your line as close to your lash line as humanly possible. Dulled, rounded off points make for good shading (more on that later), but they lack the precision needed to connect your lash line to your lashes for that seamless appearance. So sharpen them regularly — just not too sharp. Remember, you’re putting this pencil in close proximity to your eyeball — you definitely don’t want to run the risk of maiming yourself with a sharp-as-a-needle pencil tip. Ouch!

Gel eyeliners: They typically come in a pot and are applied with a brush. These can be a little trickier because you decide how much product is being applied, rather than with a pencil where it’s mostly a controlled amount. Gels have an amazingly creamy consistency so they can glide across the eyelid without pulling or tugging like a pencil can. One drawback is that unlike pencils, which are good to the last sharpening, gels are housed in pots and can dry out faster than other formulas.

Liquid eyeliners:  The most advanced liners are the liquid category. They can be unforgiving if you make mistakes, but once you master the delicacy needed for proper application, these inky beauties are unparalleled at creating cat-eyes and other dramatic eye shapes. They are the messiest of the three, which is why it’s crucial to find a technique that works for you and will help you avoid turning your eyelid into what looks like a third-grader’s art project.

Various eyeliner looks

Shimmery bright:  Use a bright metallic liner to outline the outer ⅓ of top and bottom lash lines. Concentrate at the outer corners to help flick lashes upward, creating the illusion of an upturned eye.

Peachy keen: Line the inner rim of the lower lid with a flesh-toned pencil. This creates the illusion that the whites of your eyes extend farther. Apply black mascara to 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. 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 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. Use a soft shadow brush to smudge and soften the line slightly.




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