The closest I come to being able to use eyeliner is Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara. I am long sighted amongst other eye problems and can’t see enough without my glasses on to apply it without poking myself in the eye (I’ve had eye injuries this way) and I can’t wear contact lenses either. Unfortunately laser eye surgery is off the cards too. Luckily, I have fabulous friends who happen to know more than a thing or two about flawless eye makeup.
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please give a warm welcome to Pixie Anna and Bird for this fabulous guest post on eyeliner!!!
Claire over and out!
Eyeliner. It does what it says on the tin (or tube, or pot!) It defines and emphasizes your eyes. You can be subtle or bold, you can use whatever colours you can find, you can even use eye shadow applied with a damp brush if that’s what takes your fancy. Eyeliner can be difficult to apply at first, but with a bit of practice and experimenting with the different types available you will soon find your own way of doing it.
Most people start out with a kohl pencil. Pencils can vary hugely in quality, some are quite hard and others much softer. As the skin on your eyes is very delicate make sure you choose a softer pencil that won’t drag and irritate the skin. Try them on the back of your hand; if the skin pulls then it is too hard and will hurt your eyelid. I like Boots No.7 metallic eyes pencils. They are nice and soft and come with a blender on the other end so if your line is a bit wobbly you can go for a softer smudged look instead! Make sure you keep the point fairly sharp or you will end up with a very thick line (unless that is what you are aiming for, in which case sharpen it less often.) You can buy retractable eye pencils, which never need sharpening. I have a Collection 2000 eye definer which is as good as any. They seem to be getting few and far between, although they may be worth looking out for if you don’t like pencils but don’t feel brave enough for liquid or gel liners.
If you’re aiming for that 50’s Marilyn Monroe look a pen eyeliner is your best bet. As the name suggest these are like a felt tip pen and the fine tip of the pen can be used to dot in any gaps which you may have after application. This goes for any type of eyeliner – at first you may have small gaps which do look better filled in.
Liquid eyeliners are very popular and come in a rainbow of colours and finishes. I find they are the trickiest to apply, as they can sometimes be quite wet and runny (as you would expect from something with ‘liquid’ in the name!) but they can be fun as these are the ones that manufacturers usually produce in all kinds of glittery finishes and I cannot resist a bit of sparkle! I have two glittery ones from ELF cosmetics, a silver one and a copper one. I also have a Rimmel liquid liner in black but I rarely use it as I’m allergic to Rimmel eye products. It does give a good depth of colour and I would recommend it, especially if you’re on a budget. ELF are fab if you’re on a budget too, although you do have to factor in postage costs.
My favourite type of eyeliner, one which I use almost daily, is the type that comes in a pot and you apply with a brush. They are called gel or cream eyeliners. I would recommend buying a very fine eyeliner brush – mine is from ELF and has a bend at the end which makes it much easier to apply your liner in a fine line. As with all make up it is easy to build up but more difficult to remove if you use too much!
When applying liner some people find pulling the eyelid taut with your other hand helps with accuracy. As it goes against everything your brain tells you when putting a sharp object near to your eye it can be hard
to apply close to your lash line, hence the tiny line of skin between eyeliner and lashes which a lot of people get. I find that trying to draw your eyeliner line onto the roots of your lashes helps to place the line where it should be. If you have a wobble and there is a gap or two simply fill the gap in with your brush/pencil/pen, or use a clean eye shadow applicator or a cotton wool bud to smudge the line.
To line the lower lids or not? Lining the lower lids in a dark colour, such as black, looks very dramatic but it will make the eyes look smaller. If you have eyes that are on the small side bear this in mind.
It is always worth going into your favourite make up shop and trying all the different kinds of eyeliner to find one which you prefer. There are some wonderful colours and finishes available which are always fun to experiment with. Lush have recently brought out a range of make up, including eyeliner. I have plans to get my hot sticky hands on their gold eyeliner – just in time for Christmas!!Using a white or nude eye pencil will make the eyes look bigger and will make the eye look more defined without a heavy eyeliner look if you don’t want lots of dark liner.
My go to product has to be Rimmel exaggerate eye pencil in noir. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t pull the skin and feels light an smooth. It has a smudgey thing on the end should you want to go for a smokey look. This also pulls off to reveal a built in pencil sharpener. How handy! It’s not too pricey either coming in under £5. Unlike other eyeliners, this does not irritate my eyes, especially useful when applying to the lower lid too. Watery eyes = panda eyes = not a good look (unless of course you’re dressing up as a panda, whatever floats your boat…)
If you want to make more of a statement and opt for liquid liner then I would recommend Gosh Long lasting eyeliner pen in carbon black. A little pricier but still under £10. A word of warning: this stuff dries quickly. Use only if you have a steady hand!
Personally, I find eye pencils easier to apply than liquid liner. I also find it easier to be creative with pencils (doing flicks etc.)
Erm, anywho, I hope this has been of some use! Blog entries are not my forte, I leave that to Claire!
Thanks ladies!!! Next week Claire returns for Eye shadow!