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 lookmore awakeDraw 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-eyedDraw 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 exoticDraw the line: Try this modern twist on the cat eye, whichflips 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.
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About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team