September 15, 2011 Natural Makeup

Strokes of Genius: The 4 Best Ways to Wear Eyeliner

Think of liner as lingerie for your eyes: Put it on a certain way and you’ll get the effect you want. To set the right mood, you just have to know how to draw the line:
If you want to look more awake

Draw the line: Use nude, flesh-colored liner on the inside of the top and bottom lashlines to neutralize redness and open the eye. “White looks too harsh and unnatural.” according to San Francisco-based makeup pro Hillary Clark. She loves Cargo Reverse Lip Liner, which is safe on eyes as well as lips (who knew?!). Finish by sweeping it across the top lash line and lightly blending.
If you want to look doe-eyed

Draw the line: Start at the outer edge of the iris (the colored part of your eye), and extend liner all the way to the outside of the top and bottom lashline. For an extra pop, try a dark blue like Lancome Longlasting Eyeliner in Minuit.
If you want to look exotic

Draw the line: Try this modern twist on the cat eye, which flips the focus from the top of the eye to the bottom. Apply a thin line of black liquid liner, like Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Noir, along the entire lower lashline. “Then extend it past the outer corner and end with an upward kick,” says Clark.
If you want to look sexy and seductive 

Draw the line: For a dramatic, smokey eye, Clark likes to “take an inky kohl pencil like Guerlain’s Terracotta Khol Kajal, and lay it lengthwise across the inner, lower lashline. Then squint so your eye closes around the liner, and wiggle back and forth horizontally until you get to the outermost corner of the eye. Flick the line up and out toward the temple.” After lining the upper lid, use a brush to blend for a smoky, halo effect. Finish with a bright liquid liner along the upper lash line, like Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant.
How do you wear your eyeliner?


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