It’s easy to fall into a routine with our clothes. Jeans, tshirt, skirt, silky top, summer dress and wedge. It’s just as easy to fall into a drab routine with our makeup, myself included. I think I’ve been wearing the same black eyeliner and mascara for 10 years.
Fortunately, your makeup is not as time consuming or expensive to mix up as a wardrobe, and it can brighten your face instantly! Eyeliner is not only a way to play with color or make a statement, but it’s the perfect instrument to reshape your eye. Check out these ideas to make those fantastic eyes of yours seem even bigger by eye makeup guru, Taylor Chang-Babian, author of Style Eyes.
When you look like you only slept 20 minutes last night, the oldest trick in the book to appear awake and bright-eyed is to apply a beige-colored eyeliner to your lower inner rim (aka your waterline). “It helps counteract tired, red eyes,” says Chang-Babaian. “And makes your eyes look larger.” With your index finger, gently pull down your lower lid to expose your inner rim. Then with your pencil, gently go over your waterline, taking care not to poke yourself in the eye.
Natural is Best
The upper inner rim doesn’t always get as much attention as its lower counterpart, but it’s an equally important area to define. Applying black liner to your upper rim will intensify your lashline, giving you a natural looking definition without the hard edge of a liner. All you have to do is lift up your upper lid, while looking down into a mirror, and apply the black pencil in short strokes.
The smoky eye is way easier than it looks. All you need is a black kohl pencil and a flat angled brush. With your pencil, scribble a line along your upper lashline from the inner to outer corners. Line your lower inner rim with the liner as well for instant definition. Then draw a line along your lower lashline until you connect the two lines at the outer edge. With your flat angled brush, smudge the lines out around the entire eye until you’ve achieved your desired level of smokiness.
For those with close-set or small eyes, you can lengthen the width of your eyes by focusing your liner at your outer corners. Using a cream liner, draw a line from the middle of your upper lashline to the outer edges without winging it. Then apply the liner to the outer third corner of your lower lashline, connecting the tip to the line you made above. “This is perfect for rounder eyes to create more angles and a hint of sexiness,” says Chang-Babaian.