In the alternate Marvel makeup comic book universe (because this totally exists), my superhero power is the ability to apply flawless eye liner while I’m walking backwards, hanging upside down or jumping up and down on a trampoline.
(Can you imagine?! I’d be totally doing some weird-@ss YouTube makeup videos, haha!)
But in this universe here, my superhero power is on the opposite end of the eyeliner spectrum. Here I have the ability to mess up my liner almost EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Seriously, why does the liner on my left eye always end up thicker than my right? And how do I manage to completely mess up perfectly decent liner at the last second? It’s an uncanny gift.
Because imperfectly executed eyeliner is something I experience often — like every day! — I’ve come to rely on a workaround when one line ends up thicker than the other. First, I dampen a thin pointed eyeliner brush with eye makeup remover. Then I run it along the edge of the liner to erase any errant bits, and if the errant liner still won’t lift off, I gently rub a cotton bud along the edge to remove whatever else needs to go.
This works for pencil, liquid and gel liner.
My favorite correcting brush is the one I’m holding here, Laura Mercier’s Angled Eye Liner Brush ($20), because it’s small, stiff and very precise. As for a good makeup remover, Bioderma Sensibio H2O ($12.95) is my current go-to. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes and readily removes all kinds of liner, even long wearing.
And yes, sometimes I use this trick on lids that are already wearing eyeshadow. (Note: I really wanted to write, “I use this trick on lids that have already been eyeshadowed.” LOL! Eyeshadow as a verb… OK, never mind.)
After thinning out the line, I just go back in and touch up any areas of eyeshadow that need it. Most of the time I don’t think the fact that I’ve cleaned up a mistake is too noticeable.
Give it a try! Your liner will look even more purr-fect than your cat’s. 🙂
Speaking of superheroes…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,