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Eyeliner Is The Devil!

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The carnage! Why is eyeliner so damn hard to put on?

Like foosball, eyeliner is the devil! I’m convinced of it. It seems like no matter what I do I ended up looking like a drunk raccoon.

Despite my make-up makeover, eyeliner stumps me.

Applying it to my lower eyelid is easy. It’s that damn upper lid. Following my eye line is impossible. I always end up with a very uneven line and no amount of smudging will help.

Well this week it’s practice, practice, practice!

I worked on my eyes for an hour yesterday, trying to master my eyeliner pencils.  Tomorrow I’m working on applying the powders.

What happens when my hands are not steady. One side is much lighter than the other.

What happens when my hands are not steady. One side is much lighter than the other.

Technique challenges
After the first 20 minutes, I realized two problems.

First, I’m trying to apply it while standing.  Hummmm…I think I need to sit down and place my elbow on the countertop. That should help steady the hand doing the deed.

My second problem, is more mental. I’m very squeamish when it comes to anything near my eyes. Heck, I can’t even wear contacts because it gives me the willies. As soon as I get the pencil close to my eye, I start the rapid blinking. I realized I had a problem when I flinched…that left a lovely line that no Q-tip could fix.

Always have the right tools!
Sitting at my desk with a new strategy in hand, I began working on my upper eyelid. Right away I notice that some eyeliner pencils go on easier than others, making a steady hand even more important.

Also, I need to invest in a sharpener. You really lose control with a dull pencil.

I started to get the hang of eyeliner about 30 minutes into my practice session.

I started to get the hang of eyeliner about an hour into my practice session.

The results?
I tried my black, blue and brown pencils. I got the best results with the brown followed closely by the blue. No matter what I did, it seemed as if the black always went on in globs. That tells me it might be the pencil and not me.

I focused on short strokes along my eyelash line while holding down my eyelid. Starting on the outside of my eye, I worked my way in towards my nose. I’m not sure if I should go all the way over or stop at mid-point.  Also, is it best for the eyeliner to go on first or last? Since I’m holding my eyelid down, shouldn’t eyeliner go on first to avoid smudging the eyeshadow?

So many questions…I’m going to need to put out an SOS to my Glam Squad.

A couple of times I went too fast and started drawing long lines with awful results.

After an hour I felt I got the hang of it. Most mistakes were tiny and something I could easily correct with a Q-tip.

Tomorrow I need to drop by Sephora for a sharpener, a good black eyeliner pencil (maybe green too!) and a slanted brush to practice with the powder.

I will master this witchcraft.

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7 thoughts on “Eyeliner Is The Devil!

  1. Sharon Knipes on said:

    I love reading about your trials and tribulations with applying eye liner. I have always had the same difficulties and always wondered how women got this right. My biggest problem has been getting the eyeliner crease above my eyes after a couple of hours of wearing the liner. Now tell me how to prevent that and your ol’ auntie will be forever indebted to you.

    • Try applying an eyeshadow primer to your eyelids (must be freshly cleaned) and be sure to blend it into the creases. It gives your eyeliner something to adhere too and keep it in place. With the primer, you can dust a skin color eyeshadow over the primer to set it but I haven’t found the need for it. Another option is using a concealer as your primer. I do this — saves me the $16 for a primer.

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  3. Oh eyeliner. The right tools are really important. I hate pencils. You should try buying an eyeliner brush! A good eyeliner brush used with a loose powder eyeliner mixed with a little water makes it go on easy without putting any pressure on the eyelid. I put on eyeshadow first.

    • Thanks for the tip. I start practicing with eyeline powder tomorrow. When my Glam Squad did my makeover, Julie used the powder to apply the eyeliner. She did one eye and I did the other. She did a much better job than I did (that’s why she’s the pro and I’m not). But it seemed easy to use once you get the hang of it.

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