If it seems like I talk about uneven eyeliner every five seconds, it’s because I do. I talk about uneven eyeliner EVERY FIVE SECONDS.
What I wouldn’t GIVE to be one of those gals who can just paint a perfect line in a single swoosh!
Now, looking at the glass as if it’s half full, I have stumbled on a few tips and workarounds to help me deal with my chronically uneven eyeliner, and one of them is that it helps TREMENDOUSLY to start by lining my upper water lines (also known as “tightlining”), and then drawing my eyeliner on my lash lines after that.
I used to start by lining my lash lines first, and I’d do my best to make sure that the lines on both eyes were equally thick and symmetrical. Then I’d tightline my upper water lines.
But when I’d look in the mirror, the liner on one eye would always, ALWAYS be thicker than the other! — and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why it was happening.
The “Aha!” moment came when I reversed the order just for kicks. One day I tightlined my upper water line first, and then did my lash line.
I couldn’t believe it! My liner looked more even! So what the heck happened?
Well, it turns out that my eyes aren’t symmetrical (but most people’s aren’t). One of them is slightly larger than the other, and I have a little more lid space along the lash line on that one.
So, when I was lining my upper lash lines first and trying to match the thickness of the lines on my left and right eyes, when I’d follow up by filling in my upper water line, it essentially made the lines I’d just drawn on my upper lash line look thicker.
OK, that’s confusing and didn’t make a lot of sense, but you get what I’m saying. 🙂
Reversing the process helps. When I tightline my upper water line first, I then use that line as a guide, and depending on which eye I’m working on, I compensate by thickening or thinning the liner on my upper lash line to get it as symmetrical as possible.
If you wrestle with uneven eyeliner and also tightline, give this tip a try.
Out of curiosity, are both of your eyes the same size and shape? My right eye is slightly bigger than my left and has a slightly deeper crease.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,