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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Eye-Popping Eyeliner: Use It As Shadow
“Use only eyeliner and a brush to create a sexy, smokey eye?!”
Yes, and without all the powder and dust flying everywhere! It may be new to you, but this technique has been around for decades. Follow along as we give new purpose to your eyeliners and dare you to add a pop of wild color. Let’s start with the basics of the smokey eye first. Here's what you'll need:
1. An eye pencil that isn’t too waxy or hard, in your preferred color. I suggest starting with a neutral base of black, dark grey or brown. (Try: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Eye Liner Pencil)
2. A clean, fluffy, contour brush. (Try: Jane Iredale Crease Brush)
Your eyeliner shouldn’t be sharp. If necessary, to dull the point, gently roll the top of the liner in between your fingers. Doing this also warms up the pencil so it goes on a bit softer.
Use the pencil to line the top and bottom of your eyelids, even the inner rim if you’re feeling more rocker-esque.
Then, starting from the outer corner of the top lashes, use the pencil to draw an inverted “C” shape following the natural crease of your eye. This is where you eye socket goes most inward before your brow bone begins to protrude.
Concentrate the color towards the outer corner of the eye, emphasizing the curve of the "C" shape. This line doesn’t have to be precise and it should be somewhat thick. Open your eyes. Check to make sure the shapes are symmetrical on both eyes and that nothing looks like it’s dragging your eye downward.
To erase any part of the line, just use a cotton swab with a bit of moisturizer, which will remove makeup without irritating the sensitive eye area.
This is where the brush comes in. Use it to buff around the edges of the lines you just drew. Go over the lid lightly just to blur out the line closest to the lashes. Apply a bit more pressure when blending through the contour. This will diffuse the hard look of the line in the crease and make it look more shadow-like. By now, you should have a sexy, smokey eye happening. The Wild Card Dare
Most of us have a “crazy” color lying around, like a loud teal or vibrant purple eye pencil that we’re afraid to use. It’s usually the same story: You were feeling bored of brown, decided to break out of the mold, and bought the “fun” color feeling empowered and inspired by its vibrancy. Then you felt silly because it just looked like “too much, and you never touched it again! Sound familiar? Well, now’s the time to dig it out of the drawer and put it to use. I dare you!
First, give it a good sharpen. Wipe it with some alcohol to get rid of the years of neglect (and possibly bacteria).
Next, take this glorious shade and draw straight over the top lash line, as well as up slightly into the outer curve of the “C” shape. The base of the neutral tone underneath will calm down your wild color, but you’ll still get something lively to look at.
Take the same eye contour brush from before and buff the color from the lash line over the lid and into the outer corner. Keep the concentration of color towards the top lashes and outer corner, rather than letting it drift too far up the lid. (That’s how things can start to look a little garish!) Still, have fun with it! If you feel like going for more, then add more. Finish it off with a healthy dose of mascara ,and you’ll be one smokin’ hot, smokey eyed woman...no eyeshadow needed!