Beauty / Fashion / Lifestyle / Make Up

Keep it in line

My everyday make up consists of: concealer, powder, blush and mascara.  It’s nice to keep it clean and natural for an everyday work look.  However, it’s also a good thing to add a little “oomph” to your look.  Some do a daytime version of a smokey eye and others opt for pastel or lighter colored eye makeup.  For me, I usually opt for eyeliner; liquid eyeliner in particular.  I find that liquid eyeliner allows for cleaner and sharper edges (no shaky hands during application!).  Of course, a pencil gives a softer look and smudging easily turns it to a smokey eye.

Recently I have been experimenting on different “winged” eyeliner look.  I usually sport a more common thin winged liner with a little curve on the tips.  Today, I chose a more angled, sharper type of lining.  It starts out thin from the inner corner of my eyes and gradually goes thicker and upwards, on an angle, so that it mimics an obtuse triangle when winged out on the outer corner of my eyes.  This style of lining gives a nice pop/accent to my hooded eyelids.

I found this chart on Pinterest.  This is what gave me the inspiration to try out different styles of lining.  I usually do #5 or #6.  Today’s look, I feel is a combination of #9 & #24.

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I used Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner.  This particular product has a felt tip which allows for more precision when applying.  In addition, the felt tip is not as stiff as other liners I have tried, so it’s soft on the eyelid.

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Other liners that have felt tips are a little to stiff which made application uncomfortable and a little painful.  There are some liquid liners that come with a brush applicator.  The brush is very thin and a little more stiff for a softer application and it glides on the eyelids more than a felt tip would.  You can take your pick between felt tip or brush tip, there’s no right or wrong answer; it’s a matter of personal preference at this point.

Below is the photo I posted on my Instagram; the final result of my angled wing eyeliner.  I’ll try more styles in the next few days/weeks and maybe make a chart similar to the one above.

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Tips and Tricks

I consider this look very classic.  Here’s a few tips to considering when doing this look:

  1. Keep the canvas clean – make sure to even your skin tone using your preferred foundation and concealer.  Don’t forget to set with powder.  I use Revlon Age Defying concealer in Medium.  To set it, I use MAC Select Sheer Pressed in NC-40.
  2. Don’t forget your cheeks – use a nice pink or peach blush to just add a nice flush to your cheeks.  You can also use a bronzer to contour your cheeks but careful not to do too much contouring.  Remember that we’re aiming for a “clean” look.  For a little flush on my cheeks, I use NYX Stick Blush in SB-05 Tea Rose.
  3. Lashes, Lashes, LASHES – using black liner can make your eyes look droopy.  To open those eyes up, don’t forget to curl and use your favorite volumizing mascara.  My favorite is Waterproof L’Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black.  This truly makes my lashes look so long and thick like the fake ones.  Side note: I was asked by a co-worker the other day if my lashes were fake.  I smiled and said, “Nope, all real!”
  4. Pouty Lips – keeping the canvas clean means a more dramatic lip.  Apply your favorite pigmented lip color.  I would recommend a lip color in red or in a raspberry hue.  This will provide a nice pop of color to complete your classic look.  My favorite is Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple.  It is very moisturizing and very pigmented.

How about you? How do you prefer to line?

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