There are so many ways to apply eyeliner, and depending on the look I’m going for I tend to switch things up.
One of my favorite eyeliner techniques is to use a kohl liner for a soft, diffused lower lash line. Softly lining the bottom lash line without the top (or vice versa) still draws attention to the eye but doesn’t look too harsh or unnatural.
It’s also really easy to do (yay!) and kinda fun because it involves connecting the dots.
I like this technique with Lancome’s soft and smudgy Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir. It has a great texture and doesn’t migrate or disappear once applied. That, and the attached sponge smudger eliminates the need for a separate brush. Hello, lazy.
To use it I place the tip of the pencil on the outer most corner of my lower lash line and draw a small dot about the same size as the tip (shown above).
Working inward (toward the nose), I draw more dots, evenly spaced, shooting to get each one as close to the roots of my lashes as possible. Really digging the pencil tip between the lashes really helps to get the color “up in there.”
I’ll draw dots until I’m about a fingertip’s length away from the innermost corner of my lash line. If I go to far with my dots, I think the look ends up a little too harsh.
The dot approach doesn’t take but a minute. It helps to keep in mind that all of the dots are going to get smudged, so each one doesn’t have to be perfect. I usually do about five messy dots that look kinda Clockwork Orange before they’re smudged.
With my dots in place, I take the sponge tip of the Lancome Le Stylo pencil and start blending them together, gently running the tip back and forth between each dot. I like to think it’s connecting the dots for grownups.
I continue along the lash line, smudging dot by dot…
After smudging, I end up with a very soft, diffused black line.
If your liner doesn’t have a built-in smudger, I’ve also gotten good results from pencil brushes like the MAC 219 paired with just about any kohl liner. And sponge eyeshadow applicators, the kind that come with the most shadows, also do a pretty good job.
Mother Nature sure can paint, can’t she? She creates some amazing colors. I went for a walk this morning and found this random patch of leaves in a neighbor’s yard.
I love this shade of green. One day I want a dress or a coat in this color…
Anyhoo, I hope you had a lovely Friday. I’m totes looking forward to vegging and sleeping this weekend. How about you?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,