- Pick any eyeshadow - preferably a darker one - and use a thin-lined brush to apply it at the lashline (top and bottom). I have almond-shaped eyes, so I tend to drag that line out a little further and make it a little thicker at the outer corners for effect. To get a heavier pigment from it, dab your brush in water and make a paste with it before applying OR you can employ a sealant like this one from Illamasqua. Use the same technique as with the water.
- In terms of pencils, I've used a zillion products over the years, but I've yet to find one that delivered like the Kohl liners from Mac. They're fabulous. They can be applied as a line, OR you can line your eyes and then smudge the product at the lashline for an immediate smokey eye. Genius, I tell you. "Teddy" is one of the best browns I've ever used on my blue eyes, but it's hard to beat the sparkly blackish grey "phone number" or the classic black "smolder". Fabulous products. It's possible that I own four of them. I won't confirm or deny.
- For extra drama and to add a bit of rockstar quality, use eyeliner on the waterseal of the your eye (the part of your lid between the lashes and the eyeball. See the picture above? She's got liner on the inside of the lashline AND around the outside on the top lid. So dramatic, but not overwhelming. Some pencils will have enough pigment to use there, but many will not stick to the slippery surface there. I often use a potted gel liner (kind of like a cake) with a super-thin brush to apply it underneath the top lashline and above my bottom one.
- Last but certainly not least is liquid liner. I don't use it that often myself, mainly because a pencil or a brush tend to be way more forgiving. But for those with a steady hand, it's hard to beat the classic Audrey Cat-eye look. So chic. I don't have any recommendations regarding specific products because, again, I don't ever use it. ;) I'm going to defer to my friend Jeni the Mac-star pharmacist for that one.
- TOOLS: There are a couple of brushes (dipped in various eyeshadows) that I love to use to easily produce a nice line to make my eyes pop.
- Your basic angled eyeliner brush is a must. This cheap one from almost any drugstore is one I use about 5 times a week.
- Use a small blending brush to apply shadow at the lashline for an immediate smokey eye look. This one is one of my favorites! Regardless of your eye shape or lack of a steady hand, this guy is your friend. Who knew shadow as a liner could be so easy but effective?
Girls, we like our products. And we're always in search of that next cosmetic miracle. None of us has the funds to try every new product that gets our attention, so here are the observations I've made on various beauty products I've tried. Hey, if it helps one person save a buck or snag that soon-to-be-treasured beauty breakthrough, my job here is complete. Cosmetic junkies, unite!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Crossing the Line
As a girl that has been exploring how to play up my eyes since about the 7th grade, there's a special place in my heart for eyeliner. Kinda like the eyeshadows, there are many options regarding product type and application technique. I almost never leave home without some type of product heavy around my lashline. Here are some options: