So let's continue our discussion about eye make-up techniques. Ok...so once again its almost a month since my last post (3/25) and since I began this piece. So sorry for the delay. My last post covered eye shadow to the 10th power. LOL! So let's complete the eye by talking eyeliner, mascara and maybe a little about faux lashes. We might throw in some brow talk too. Let's get started...
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Types of Eyeliner:
Pencil/Kohl: The most common eyeliner is the original pencil formula. I know some folks are still using Maybelline Expert Eyes and using a lighter to burn the end and make it soft. LOL! You know...the little red pencils that come in a 2 pack? I know some of you know what I'm talking about. (Probably aged myself with that tidbit. LOL!) Pencil liners are the easiest to control and suggested for many eyeliner novices. The key is to keep the pencil sharpened and use short strokes. As with most make-up Penny advises starting with a thin application and then widen if necessary.
Pencil liners also come in Kohl (aka Kajal) formulas, which are very soft pencils often used for smudging and creating a smokey eye look. Unless the liner is soft, using eyeliner pencils has always been hit or miss for Penny. My lash line is not the smoothest so its not always easy to control the liner. Lately I have gone back to using pencil liners simply because I'm now lining my upper water line (the underside of the lash line). By lining my lash line from underneath it defines my eyes, darkens my lashes at the base, but doesn't take up my eyelid space. This is a very natural look but one that takes a little practice because you don't want the liner to get under your eye lid obviously. TIP: Penny's favorite long lasting pencil liner is Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes (Waterproof) Eye Liner ($18, Sephora).
|Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner|
Gel/Cream: Gel liners are my favorite because they last long. The consistency is creamy and easier to apply than liquid liner. But you get the same intensity as liquid liner. With a good liner brush and gel liner you can create cool intense long-wearing look. I have gel liners in a variety of colors and often use them if I'm going out at night. Gel and liquid liners could look harsh if not done neatly so I prefer a pencil when I'm in a rush because they are easier to smudge out if I make a mistake. LOL! TIP: Penny's favorite gel liner is Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22, Bloomingdale's)...it comes in a nice array of colors.
Powder/Cake: Cake liner is used mainly by professional make-up artists. They are simply powder liners that are long lasting. Often applied with a damp eyeliner brush, cake eyeliners dry quickly and are usually smudge-proof. Penny has never used a cake liner, but I have used a damp brush and eyeshadow to create the same effect. Some make-up artist even suggest using powder eye shadow to 'set' your soft pencil or liquid liners.
|Dramatic Winged Eyeliner|
TIP: One of the best tips I read about was to set my lower lash liner with powder. What I mean is that after applying liner on my lower lash line I use a pencil brush or any flat liner brush and go over that line with eye shadow to help prevent eyeliner run. You can use black eye shadow on top of black liner or try a complimentary color shadow. I also 'smudge' my liner for a less defined more blended look. Both techniques work to keep liner in place.
|L'Oreal Telecopic |
|Basic Brow Shaping|
The general rule is to make sure the inner corner of your brow is in line with the outside of the corresponding nostril (1). The highest point of your arch should be in line with the outside of your pupil (2). And the outer edge of your brow should taper off to a point that intersects with an imaginary line drawn from the outer nostril past the outer edge of the eye (3). I read recently that you should think of your brows as sisters and not twins. I thought that was a great analogy. It is difficult to get your eyebrows perfectly even since they usually don't grow that way naturally. So I just try to come close. :-)
Hope this long post has been helpful. Please let me know if you have any tips/techniques to share.
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