Kindergarten Eye Tricks: Eye Makeup to Connect the Dots

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Sam

Written by Sam

I hope you have a great day at school today! Teacher tells me you’re going to connect the eye makeup dots in today’s guest post, with a little help from Sam.

Kindergarten eye tricks

Eye makeup can be hard. Like, really hard. So hard, as a matter of fact, that sometimes it makes me wish I were back in grade school, painting with my fingers and coloring outside the lines.

Ah…good times. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if eye makeup could be that easy and simple? Well, today it is, because we’re time traveling back to kindergarten to connect the makeup dots.

Connect the dots

MeowTo be honest, I never really liked connect the dots. I’d always bring that giant book home with me, the one with the thin pages that ripped whenever I tried to erase on them, to find that someone else from class had already done at least one of them, and then my whole experience would be ruined. Gah!

But today, that’s not important. What is important are the skills we learned connecting those dots.

Let’s start with a question: have you ever tried to draw an even, gorgeous line with liquid eye liner but just weren’t able to do it? Well, it happens to me almost every time, so rather than trying to draw one continuous line across the entire lash line, let’s start by making small dots across it, with one right at the inner corner, a few along the way, and one directly at the outer corner (I usually make about 6-10 dots per eye, depending on the size of the person’s eyelid).

(You might even number your dots, and who knows? — maybe start a new couture trend.)

After letting the dots set for a few seconds, connect them, one by one, until you reach the outer corner. By almost sketching with a series of very small dashes that eventually coalesce into a single, solid line, you can reduce the impact of an unsteady hand, ensuring an even line, and maintain a consistent line width/thickness. Conversely, you have more control over where you want the line to begin thickening, if at all.

Grab a straightedge

Straightedge

Now that we have our liner laid down on our lash line, we can even go beyond it. It’s easy to go wrong with a winged liner look that ends up pulling the eyes down. All it takes is not aiming the tail correctly or getting the line weight just right.

No worries. Grab a note card or other thick piece of paper because we’re going to use the straight edge as a guide.

Place the edge so that it touches the outer corner of one eye, and angle it so that it passes pretty much through the middle of the indent at your temple. For most people, this results in a very flattering placement that opens and widens the eyes. Now, draw your liner of choice along this edge, moving the tip in ever so slightly as you move along the edge, thus thinning and eventually bringing the line to a point (rather than a blunt end).

1-minute-cleanup

1-minute cleanupRemember having to do classroom cleanup before you’d get in trouble? “Put everything away, boys and girls.” Sometimes the teacher would count down from 10? Well, now it’s about us being able to get out of the door in time instead.

In general, I apply eye makeup before other face products to avoid having fallout spoil my hard work. Most eyeshadows have fallout — some worse than others — but it seems to be worse with colors darker than taupe, and much worse when those colors contain shimmer. I just hate seeing deep smudges on meticulously applied foundation.

Rather than asking someone to blow on each individual spot, or dabbing makeup remover to repair, start by grabbing your normal (or any inexpensive) translucent or setting powder, and dust it liberally under your eyes and on the top of your cheekbones (until you literally see a blanket of it). That way, when you apply your shadow, the fallout will land on the powder instead of your skin, and once you’re finished, you can simply brush the excess off with a fan brush using a light sweeping motion, so as not to disturb any of the makeup underneath.

Voila! Time for snacks and a nap.

Sam

Written by Sam

Sam is a 17-year-old, oddly tall guy whose love of all things skincare, makeup, and fashion started when he entered the modeling world at 14. Since then, he’s established himself as a freelance makeup artist in the theatre and fashion worlds, and started his own blog to preach the wonders of orange eyeshadow, Asian skincare, and designer fragrances to the masses.

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  1. Sarahc says:

    :) What a cute blog. I’ve actually been doing the tip with an index card for a long time, but I’ve never drawn dots before. Definitely give that a try. Thanks, Sam!

  2. Vixen says:

    Oh my god. I love you Sam. LOL. I’ve generally had no problems in drawing eyeliner freehand in one quick motion, but I’ve yet to find the most flattering angle for my ‘wing’ ;) This might just be my answer.

    So excited to try this out! *hugs*

  3. yuri says:

    i’ve never had problem doing the line with liquid liner but i cannot make the upper line with pencil. thanks for the tip

  4. TrishaL says:

    lots of great tips, thanks! :)

  5. Denise says:

    Thanks for the tips! I usually have trouble with liquid liner since I have an unsteady hand. Not much problems with pencil liners since I can easily smudge it a bit later if I find my line is not precise. I’ll try using a card when I want to wing my liner. Thank you, thank you!
    Denise recently posted … Will You Cringe at my New Fringe?

  6. Tawni says:

    I’m definitely gonna need to do the card trick. My cat eyes have been looking funky lately.

  7. Savannah says:

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for the card tip! I have such a pain in the booty whenever I try to do a winged eye. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to makeup so, most of the time I just don’t attempt because I know I won’t get it on to the perfect level I want it to be on! I’m going to try this soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. Barbara says:

    Wow, great tip!! Thanks. I always enjoy your guest posts!

  9. Esther says:

    thnks for the great tips Sam! They were simple but brilliant ideas! :)

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