Eyeliner is one of the most essential items in a woman’s make up bag. Even the tiniest dash of it in the right place is pure transformation! Sadly though, in the rush to get ready in the morning and get the day going we all tend to settle in a makeup rut – putting on the same things… the same way… every day. So shake up the pattern and try your eyeliner a little differently this Christmas season with some of these ideas.
If you tend to avoid eyeliner at all costs or feel a little too shaky with application to do it very often, an easy way to experiment is with eyeshadow and a small angle brush. Moisten the angle brush, dip it in the eyeshadow, and apply it like eyeliner. This technique is very forgiving and if you do mess up you can blend it in softly to hide any errors.
You may be a proficient in eyeliner, but might not have tried it with your inner waterline. If you don’t know what that is, locate your tear duct and notice the line next to your eyelashes that touches your actual eye, and you’ve found it. Inner waterline makeup used to be a model only look, but it’s becoming more common place on the streets and deserves to be experimented with. But be very careful with what eyeliner you use so as to not cause any eye damage. Speaking from experience, not all liners are created equal and some can leave you with burning and swollen eyes. Avoid my mistakes by keeping away from hard pencils and trying it in something softer like the traditional Kohl or, my personal favorite, Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. Line just your inner waterline for a subtle look, or do normal eyeliner along with it for added drama.
The cat eye is all about angles and if you are as horrid at geometry as I am – that is a terrifying thought. Avoid both mathematical equations and sloppy freeform drawing by using scotch tape to create a template. Take two medium sized pieces of tape for each eye, placing the first piece on your upper eyelid angling from the inner corner of your eye up to where you want the tip of your eyeliner to reach. Take the second piece of tape and place it beneath your bottom lashes, angling up to meet the first piece of tape. Now you have a basic template and all you have to do is take your eyeliner, fill in the space you created, gently peel the tape off, and see your perfect cat eye. No more guess work required.
Don’t limit yourself to black or black-brown eyeliner – play with some color! One of my personal favorites is Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil in Vibrant Violet. If you don’t want to invest in colored eyeliners though, use the eyeshadow to eyeliner trick I mentioned earlier.
Twiggy had a very distinctive look that can be achieved by false eyelashes or layer upon layer of clumpy mascara, but part of the technique is in painting on “Twiggies,” – fine lines drawn beneath the lower lashes with liquid eyeliner to make the lashes look fuller. You can go all out and draw Twiggies all along your lower lash line in different lengths (which might be best seen only at costume parties), or you could draw just a couple at the outer corners of your eyes to create the illusion of fullness.