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.
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 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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