Winged eyeliner: making my life harder since the dawn of time.
Seriously, though, why does winged liner, particularly winged liquid liner, make me want to scream into a pillow?
The worst is that moment when the teeny wing you wanted — just a small kitten flick — suddenly morphs into a huge, oversized bat wing that reaches all the way up to your temples, and you have no control over the situation whatsoever.
It’s as if the universe invented winged liner primarily to mock us.
Well, universe, screw you and your plans for makeup mayhem, ’cause I just started using theBalm’s Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner ($17), and I am no longer clutching my chair and rocking back and forth. 🙂
You might think that a look with thin liquid liner and a tiny kitten flick would be easy, seeing as how you’re not using a ton of product, but oh! — those skinny lines and tiny wings are like the makeup equivalent of open heart surgery. They’re just hard, man.
But Schwing is all about control. The felt tip draws skinny matte black lines with the precision of a fine-tipped calligraphy pen. Hugging lash lines is easy.
And there’s no drama when it’s time to kitten flick, either. I’ll be going along, doop-da-doo, drawing my skinny little line, and then, when I get to the end, I just lightly touch the edge of my eye with the tip at my desired angle. Meow! — there it is. All flicked out.
Sometimes I do have to make a tiny correction with a Q-tip and some eye cream, but that’s not as annoying as having to completely redraw the whole thing.
Several times over the past few weeks I’ve sat in front of the mirror after I’ve used Schwing, with my jaw literally hanging open, and me thinking, “Why was that so easy?” Is karma finally rewarding me for carrying around cat treats and feeding the hungry strays that cross my path? I dunno…
But I do know that Schwing has been making my liner life a hell of a lot easier.
The formula dries almost immediately, so you don’t have to deal with any annoying transferring into the crease. In the time it takes for a cute stranger to wink at you, it sets, and stays for up to 12 hours.
Later, at removal time, you won’t need a sledgehammer…but let’s just say that one would probably come in handy.
If you’re looking for a black matte liquid liner for flawlessly executed flicks and a wear time like WHOA, consider Schwing. It’s currently wooing all the ladies at theBalm counters and online.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at theBalm counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Mockingjay at 4:50 in Novato!!! Who’s with me? 🙂