You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about eyeliner placement lately…because that’s what you do when you’re obsessed with makeup, haha!
No, but seriously, I’ve thinking about other ways to wear it than my usual black tightline/smudgy lower lash line combo.
Here’s something I’ve been experimenting with: placing my liner right along the middle of my lower lash line. It creates an optical illusion that draws attention to that concentration of liner and lashes, and “I think” it makes my eyes look more striking and bigger…which is always a great thing in my book!
And yup, the illusion seems to work regardless of what may or may not be going on along your top lash line. You can leave it unlined, line it — whatever strikes your fancy.
First, start by lining the center portion of your lower lash line, and I sort of use the widest part of my iris as a guide to figure out where to start and stop the lining. Just make it long enough to mostly cover that center portion of your lower lash line.
You can use a pencil liner, or you can load a thin eyeliner brush (like an angled brush) with gel liner, cream liner or powder eyeshadow.
Tip! If you’re using a powder shadow to line and want more intensity, load your brush head with eyeshadow first, then wet it with a makeup setting spray (I’m currently lurving Make Up For Ever Mist + Fix, but MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ also works great) before applying your eyeshadow to your lash line.
Some people like to wet their brush first, then run it across the powder eyeshadow pan, but in my experience that can make the shadow feel harder after it dries.
Next, after you place your liner, use a finger or a Q-tip to smudge the edge.
After that, apply some mascara on your lower lashes, just directly above the liner, being careful to keep your outer and inner lashes mascara-free, and that should put the focus on that center portion of your lower lash line, and make your peepers really pop! 🙂
Makeup I’m wearing in these pics
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Blackground (on my lids from my lash line to the crease), NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Rue Allent Velvet Eyeshadow Duo (green shade on my lids), NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Kohliner in Cours Du Soir (lower lash line), NARS Kohliner in Minorque (tightline), NARS Blondie Eyeshadow (outer portion of the crease and lower lash line), Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara (lashes), MAC Brun Eyeshadow and Benefit Ready Set Brows (brows)
Cheeks: NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Multiple Tints in Jo and Jeanette (mixed together and applied on the apples of my cheeks)
Face: Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer (on my cheeks, nose, forehead and around my mouth), NARS Hydrating Glow Tint in Medium mixed with a few drops of Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer in Y41 (all over my face), Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealers in Y31 and Y41 (underneath my eyes), NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (to set my under-eye concealer), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Golden (on my forehead, sides of my nose, and around my mouth and chin)
Lips: NARS Charlotte Gainsbourg Lip Tint in Ephelide
That’s it! Just some fun food for thought and stuff I found while I was playin’ around.
Ooh! That rhymes. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Quick! What’s your favorite pizza 🍕 place in the whole wide world? Mine is Pizza Antica in Mill Valley, California.
P.P.S. Yes, we got pizza for dinner tonight, but it was NOT from Pizza Antica. Hrmpf!