Dear Makeup and Beauty Blog,
I’ve read on your blog that you take hip hop dance classes. I want to start taking them too, and there’s a place near my house, but I have a problem. I absolutely have to wear eyeliner to look presentable out in public, but I sweat a lot when I exercise. I don’t want streaks of liner running down my face, and the thought of watching myself for an hour in those huge dance mirrors without eyeliner stresses me out. Can you recommend a good eye pencil that can stand up to someone who sweats a lot like me?
Eyeliner Lover in Emeryville
Dear Eyeliner Lover in Emeryville,
Girl, I am a huge fan of sweat-resistant makeup, especially when big mirrors are involved. I know I don’t want to look at smudgy eyes and dark circles while I drop it like its hot (well, like it’s warm; this 30-something booty can’t move like it used to). I *totally* feel your pain.
What you need is a good waterproof eye pencil. I’ve road tested some different brands in dance class and my favorite by far is Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil ($22). It’s both sweat- and smudge-proof, even when I’m sweating buckets. And the texture feels creamy and soft, so the pencil doesn’t tug at my lids (a pet peeve) when I apply it onto my upper or lower lash lines.
It comes in four lovely colors — black matte, bronze shimmer, violet matte and turquoise shimmer. I’ve worn all four in different combinations while dancing, and my fave combo is violet on the upper lash line, with bronze on the lower. The look packs just enough color to make my eyes pop.
The Clarins pencil has two tips — color on one end and a sponge smudger on the other. The smudger lets you diffuse and soften your lines. Tres handy!
There’s just one catch (always a catch!): the formula isn’t the most versatile in the world. I can only wear these when I don’t have to do a lot of blending or layering. For some reason — I think it’s the fact that they’re long-wear — the pencils don’t blend easily when I layer powder eyeshadow on top of ’em.
But for simple, waterproof looks for the gym or dancing, these are a great bet! Just add two coats of waterproof mascara (Shu Uemura makes a great one) and you’re good to go.
Good luck, and have fun dancing!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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