Many Things in Life — Including Your Makeup Game — Can Benefit From a Different Angle

Published in: Guest Post, Makeup Tips/How To

Bologna Asinelli Tower

Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna’s tallest medieval tower, as seen from two different angles

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science beauty”. — Albert Einstein

Sorry, Bertie, I hope you’re not turning in your grave. But, you know, your quote can totally apply to any field — including beauty.


You really were a genius, after all…

Yes, because regarding problems from new angles is a great way to go, I think. If you’re stuck seeing things from a single point of view, you’ll never grow nor improve and, most importantly, you’ll never solve your most troublesome makeup problems (HA!), like:

  • Does applying eyeliner to your waterline bother you?
  • Do your filled in brows look like illustrations in a coloring book (that is, like a solid block of color)?
  • When you apply lip liner all over your lips, does it feel scratchy and uncomfortable? And does it look uneven?

If you answered yes to any of the above, today’s your lucky day, because we’re about to solve your problems!

YOU JUST NEED TO CHANGE YOUR ANGLE. *Cue heavenly choir and rays of glorious sunlight.*


More specifically, you need to change the angle of your pencil. Next time you do your makeup and you’re using a pencil product, try angling it so that you’re using the side of the tip, rather than the point.

It’ll be life-changing, I promise.

How to Apply Eyeliner to Waterline

No more tingly feeling! And you can do this on the upper waterline, as well.

How to Apply Brow Pencil

Harsh brows, begone! Especially if you have dark brows, using the point of your pencil can easily make them look too strong.

How to Apply Lip Liner

Yes to a smooth, perfectly even application! I use the point to outline the lips and the side to fill them in.

Let me know if you just had one of those epic AHA moments, or if this was something you’ve been doing all along!

Carolina Braina

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  1. I actually haven’t done this so far, but I will next time I put on makeup.
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  2. Angela says:

    Definitely will try the eyebrow pencil tip. I have nearly black eyebrows and very pale skin. It can get scary FAST, LOL. Thanks!

  3. MonicaP says:

    I’ll have to try your eye liner tip as every time I try to line my water line .. my eyes water like crazy .. 😛

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  4. Tatiana says:

    I’ve used the side of lip pencils to fill in my lips for some time. I’ve never tried that with my brow pencils though. I never ever line my waterline.

  5. Lauren says:

    I love this post!! You had me at “Bertie!!” Ha ha! Yes to all three of your questions…changing my angle tomorrow!

  6. Jessica says:

    Being a painter, I guess I instinctively just do these things. There’s nothing worse than holding a brush like a pencil….especially right at the ferrule. Makes me cringe. NO!! just… NO!!

    I can’t line my waterline though, my contact lenses do NOT like it at all.
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  7. Erin says:

    I’ve been doing this for years, but that probably has to do with having an artist mother I’d watch paint, sketch, and crayon for hours. I do all that too, so I guess I just intuitively use makeup the same way.
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  8. I do this with my brushes, trying this way or that to see what jt’s best for. Myrecent discovery is using a dense fan brush (I use Ecotools) for shading.
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  9. I never really thought about it but I actually do this already. Hurrah!
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  10. Rachel says:

    I do this already, but I’m from a family of painters and artists, so that’s to ably where I picked it up!
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  11. Chris25 says:

    I love tips like this. Simple but ingenious!
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  12. Michou says:

    This tip changed the way I felt about makeup. I’ll never remember who told it to me when I was much younger but the second I learned it suddenly makeup became so much EASIER. I always recommend this tip those who have trouble applying…. never thought to do it with lipliner though. Old habits die hard haha.

  13. Illy Junus says:

    great tips, but for the waterline, i never use it since i always cry because my eyes so sensitive

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