If I were a makeup cop, I would give out more citations for improper use of eyeliner than anything else. Meant to enhance the lash line, elongate your eye shape, and add definition, eyeliner gets out of control real damn quick. It's a slippery slope that often starts in high school for many. Here are the main don'ts I see and the ways you can repent for your eyeliner sins.
Violation: Gap between your liner and eyelashes. If you can see your skin peeking through, you're in the wrong.
I sentence you to wiggling your eyeliner directly into your lash line and even lifting your upper lid and tight lining underneath. Your lashes will look more lush and your liner will enhance, not distract.
Violation: Only lining the bottom lash line. This is one of the best ways to say "Hey, look how droopy my eyes are!" I see this, though, more often than you'd believe.
I sentence you to lining the top lid if you're doing the bottom. The bottom line should be much thinner than the top. Try dotting the liner in between your lower lashes or smudging it out. Check out this handy video on eyeliner application.
Violation: Using liquid liner on your bottom lash line. It is simply too harsh and dramatic for the lower lid area.
I sentence you to using only liquid on the top lid to create beautiful cat eyes and a soft pencil liner or dark shadow on the bottom.
Violation: Outlining your entire eye in one thick line. This doesn't actually bring out your eyes as much as you'd think. Outlining the entire shape actually closes them in and makes them appear smaller.
I sentence you to a gradual thin-to-thick line on the top lash line and only a thin, softly smduged line on the lower lash line, stopping short of the tear duct.
Violation: Using eyeliner like a black permanent marker to literally black out your entire eye area.
I sentence you to chilling out, taking a step back, and seeing eyeliner as an enhancement to your shadow. Try experimenting more with shadow and use liner as just the finishing touch.
Now that you've studied up, I think we can release you from eyeliner jail on good behavior. So, here are some great eyeliners that are easy to use but also to abuse, so watch it, sister! Hashtag #divineeyes on Instagram to show me your liner work. I'd love to see it!
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