Hey y’all! Today we’re talking about eyeliner. I am going to focus on a few different things:
- My favorite eyeliners
- How to keep your liner from smudging throughout the day
- Different eyeliner techniques
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So, first off my favorite type of eyeliner to use is gel. It may seem super scary and really hard to use, but trust me… it’s the easiest! I feel like it is so easy to maintain control and get it exactly the way I want. Also, another great thing about gel liners is that they DON’T MOVE! My personal faves are:
In addition to a good gel liner, you also need a good brush. My personal favorite is the Sigma E65, but they have SO MANY different eyeliner brushes! I like how this one is angled, and not too big!
Next, a question I get a LOT! How to keep your eyeliner in place throughout the day. There are lots of different tricks out there. Personally, I hardly ever put eyeliner on my bottom lash line, so I don’t have this issue really! But, if you are someone who likes to put black liner in your waterline or bottom lash line, then it can be tricky to get it to stay looking fresh all day. A lot of things contribute to this issue. Sweat, tears, allergies, rubbing your eyes, oily skin, etc.
So, first of all, using a waterproof/sweatproof/smudge proof liner is the first step in resolving this issue. You want to use a quality product that doesn’t move. Any of the gel liners I mentioned would work, but here are some pencil and liquid options that I have personally tried and loved as well:
As far as keeping them ON, you always want to use an eye primer and a shadow to keep them in place. Makeup Geek had an awesome tutorial on YouTube that shows you exactly how to do that, so I thought I’d share that with you! She also has a black gel liner that is supposedly amazing, but I just haven’t tried it yet!
(And P.S. if you haven’t tried Makeup Geek’s eyeshadows yet… go check them out NOW! You won’t regret it!)
Lastly, different techniques for eyeliner.
I pretty much have three go-to techniques. Winged liner, intentionally smudged liner, and nude liner in my water line.
The winged liner is something I do pretty much every day. I love how it extenuates my large eyes and elongates them.
If i’m going for a more natural look (I use this technique on ALL my brides/bridesmaids unless they specifically ask for something else) then I will used my gel liner first and go over it with a black eyeshadow to smudge it up a bit. This is basically a fool-proof technique because it is literally supposed to be messy! The other great thing is you are setting the liner with a powder, which should help it stay throughout the day. Here’s a photo of what that looks like:
Lastly, I use a nude eyeliner in my water line every single day. What this does is automatically makes you look more awake and bright-eyed, which for anyone who has to wake up at the crack of dawn to go to work (#teacherlife), you KNOW how important that is! I have used Sephora Collection’s Infinite Beige religiously for about 4 years.
So, that is my Jedi knowledge on eyeliner and keeping it in place. Now, go SLAY that liner girl!
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