Monday, September 21, 2009

Beauty Beat... No more smudged eyes, unless we want them that way.

So, I have this problem... Every time I wear my eyeliner, and I NEED my eyeliner, I get little smudges right under my lower lashes! 

Now when that is the look that a girl is going for, then bravo and yummy! But when you are going for a strictly day-time look, well that smudge can just be a big NO-NO! 

Not to mention the curse of the dark eye circles we were born with... You don't wanna play that up on a sunny day. 

I see them all the time, pretty girls with pretty eyes lined in a nice and soft day-time friendly way, but I just have never been one of those girls.
The investigation began... I asked the lovely Miss T-W-H how she always managed to keep her liner in line so to speak and she said to put a light eye shadow on first to set it. 

The more and more I looked around the more it became clear, the oils in your eyelids, (gross) make your liner slip and slide all over the place. Setting your eyeliner with a loose powder or a pale eye shadow is a old make-up artist trick. 

I already use Bare Minerals (Love it!) So I am going to try this trick today! 

Turning up in my endless searches for a fix for my runny eye makeup over and over again were,

Sooooo Many people were swearing by these that I am running to Sephora to try them out. 

My beautiful sister Miss B. told me that she got a tip from a make-up artist on set once who put it to a girl straight and said, "if you don't smudge your eyeliner a little when you put it on, it is gonna smudge itself." 

Here are the best tips I found on the internet for eye-liner tips and education. 

(Taken from the web, not our words. But we lost the link, so if you know who wrote these tips let us know!) 
Eyeliner Types
Eye liners come in pencil, liquid or powder. Pencils liners can be found in an assortment of sizes and colors. The fatter the pencil, the more smudged look you'll get, the smaller and harder the pencil, the more precise a line you’ll get. Pencils are versatile since you can use them for sharper, defined lines or create a smudged, smoky look and any combination in between. Liquid liners are a bit tricky to apply, but once you master a perfect line, you will probably love the look. Liquid liners will give a more dramatic, defined look. Powders go on softer but when mixed with a liquid, can go on darker. They must be used with a good pointed brush to apply a thin line.
Liner Application
Top Lids
Apply liner as close to lashes as possible-you don’t want to see any skin color between your lashes and liner. For pencils and powders you can scrub the color right into your lashes so you don’t see the skin tone-particularly useful for very fair complexions with sparse lashes. Smudging pencil liner will help avoid a harsh look. To make eyes look longer or wide-set, start mid-lid and extend liner just past the end of eye, tapering upward.
Bottom Lids
Apply pencil or powder liner sparingly as close to lashes as possible then smudge to avoid a harsh look and help balance the eye shape. To make eyes look longer or wide-set, start mid-lid and extend liner just past the end of eye, blending upward, or just add a small smudge under eyes at the outer corner and smudge upward. For most people, lining the entire bottom lid looks very unnatural, heavy, throws the shape of eyes off balance and makes eyes look smaller so stick with lining no more than half way in on the bottom. Liquid liner doesn’t usually look good on bottom lids since it can look too harsh and can be difficult to apply, but if you do want to try it, hold outer corner of lid taut and apply using quick short strokes if you have trouble making an even line in one thin stroke because of lashes in the way.
Eye Lining Tips
-The thicker the brush for liquid eyeliner, the thicker the line will be and the harder it is to manage a perfect line. Wipe excess liquid liner off on the rim of the tube when you pull the brush out. If the skin on your lid tends to crinkle, the line will not turn out straight.
-To help you get a fine straight line, hold eye lid taut at the outer corner of eye and apply in one long, smooth stroke starting at the inner corner. Always apply liquid liner after shadow application and allow to dry before applying mascara.
-Using oily or slick pencils to line the lower lashes will smear and smudge. Most pencil liners wear off easier, so set it to last longer and prevent smudging by softly brushing some powder shadow over it in black, brown or charcoal.
-Don’t use eyeshadow as eyeliner unless you use a brush with a small, precise, fine-tipped point. And mixing the shadow with water or Visine before applying will give you a better line and a good substitute if you don’t have any liner.
-Over-blending and spilling your eyeliner onto the skin under the lower lashes will make dark under eye circles look worse. Go easy with liner on top lids as well since it will bring attention the dark circles.-Never apply thick or heavy eyeliner to small or close-set eyes or eyes with small eyelids.
-To help correct droopy eyes (your eye shape droops downward at the outer corners), line upper lids starting at the middle of the lid in a very thin line and getting thicker at the outer corners and wing it upward and outward to visually lift eyes and don’t line bottom lids.
-Extend liner past the outer corner of the eyes and upward for a cat eye look, but be careful not to extend too far or you may look like an Egyptian Pharaoh.
-Soften the tip of a freshly sharpened pencil by gently rolling it across the back of your hand or between your fingers. You can also bring a dull, flattened pencil to more of a point without sharpening it by gently pinching and rolling the tip between your thumb and forefinger. You can also salvage a tip broken off a pencil by placing it back onto the pencil, gently pinch, push back toward pencil and roll between fingers to meld them together.

Hi there, it is Miss Me again. See sometimes info like that can be very helpful to a gal. But it seems like the main thing is to use either a primer or loose powder to set those lines straight! 

But I am also going to embrace all the new fun eye makeup trends that are going on right now! 

Because lucky for us makeup novices, the beautiful colorful liners and shadows that we have been hearting for a while now, are not so prone to smudging as classic black. 

But I am also super excited to get on the heavy liquid eyeliner trend we feel headed our way this fall. 


XOXO- Things-We-Heart

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