Eyeliner is an incredibly useful tool for defining the eye. Not to mention, a lot of fun to play around with. You can mix it up with colours, textures, or even designs. Naturally, most people go for a classic wing or perhaps a simple, subtle line just to define or perhaps disguise your lash band. Personally, I prefer a little flick on the end with a matte black liner. But, there are special occasions where I like to do something a little outside the box. For those times, I pull out all the stops! I recently received the amazing and brand new Make Up For Ever Ink Liner** (SOLD OUT). Whether you’re new to liquid eyeliner or a pro, this fine felt tip gives you excellent control and precision when lining your eyes – exactly what you want when doing something with a bit of extra detail. My pet peeve with black liquid eyeliner is when it’s glossy. I don’t know if it is because I feel like it is going to shatter and get in my eyes or melt or maybe it’s that it just isn’t truly black. Either way, it never looks quite right on me. A deep, dark, matte black line is what I am looking for; An intense colour (or lack there of).
So, for this look, the liner is the star of the show. If you’re feeling a little bit bold, you could even try a beautiful red lip with it (like I have) but you could go for a nude as well. Starting with the eyes, I put on a sample of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to keep my lids from getting greasy and ruining the effect. Then, taking a nude eye shadow like Parchment from Stila’s Portrait of a Perfect Eye palette, I went all over the lid and into the crease. For a bit more colour, I took Linen and patted it onto my lid as well. Next up, to define the crease I used Vintage with a fluffy blending brush to give a bit more dimension to the crease. To deepen it further, I took a small amount of Rosewood into the crease and blended away. I always try and bring my shadow to a bit of a point on the outter edge to make the eye a bit longer and to match up with my liner too.
Now for some eyeliner prep. Using Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliner in Black Velvet, I made a rough outline of where I want the less detailed parts of my eyeliner to be, just lining along the lashes, skipping the inner corner. Then, with a small brush and a tiny bit of black eye shadow, I smoked it into the lash line to eliminate any gaps between my eye and the make up. Doing the same thing underneath, I lined my waterline and lashes then blended it in. Now for the main event: Make Up For Ever Ink Liner. Look at how flawless the colour is? Beautiful! I must admit, I like using the Liquid Eyeliner pens usually, but this is so simple to use and control and the colour flawless. To me, it is absolutely worth the $27 price.
The key to drawing out this eyeliner is symmetry between your upper and lower lash line as well as keeping the line very clean and straight. The top line should be basically on the outter corner of the eye while the bottom should be a bit below. To achieve this, I drew two small dots where I want the liner to end on the top then bottom lash line keeping them far enough apart that you can tell there is a gap. Very carefully, I drew a straight line to the top lash and then a straight line on the bottom. Once satisfied with the symmetry, then it is time to finish up the line (I drew the top on before trying the wings but it doesn’t really matter!). Do some additional smudging if required with a small amount of black eye shadow. Something I forgot to do here was use a nude liner in my water line and between the lines to make it as crisp as possible! I think it still ended up working out.
Once the eyeliner is perfect, some mascara like this mini from blinc should finish off the eye (unless you’d like to add some falsies too!). I went for a more natural mascara for me so it doesn’t compete with the eyeliner.
Here are my two versions of the completely finished look! I love how it looks and makes me feel very fierce. It is different but not too out there and once you get the hang of it, it really is quite simple.
Brows – forgot to take a picture but it is my usual Annabelle Universal Medium
Til next time, ttfn x
What is your go to eyeliner?