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Like bold red lipstick, cat-eye liner is one makeup trick that is less of a trend and more of a lifestyle. It’s always en vogue, and those who embrace it do so with wild abandon. It’s no coincidence that nearly all of my style icons, the women past and present that I consistently look to for guidance (or whatever, I’m shallow), have been known to boast the eternally sexy black flick. There was no drought of eye-catching makeup looks at this year’s Golden Globes, some good, others shameful, but there’s only one that was so on-point that I said to myself, Never again will I wear my cat-eye liner is a manner that is not precisely this one.
That show-stopping pair of eyes belonged to Angelina Jolie, who has long been my eye makeup and otherwise idole supreme (see also: deity, muse, most beautiful praying mantis-woman to ever walk the earth). Never — never— before, in all my days, have I bore witness to such exquisitely blended, gorgeously defined black liner. Imagine my dismay when, come the day after the awards, Angelina’s makeup artist had yet to come forward with the tools and technique used to acquire this most enviable look. Luckily, I have the all-abiding patience and focus of a savant, which I put to good use by settling myself in front of the mirror in a series of trial and error. Forty-five minutes, three brushes, and one handful of spilled kohl later, and what do I have to show for it? Only the most gorgeous eyeliner ever, of course, and the goodwill to pass it on.
Science, man. It’s a mystery. It seems that lately, science — rather than focusing on curing diseases or solving impending environmental disasters — has taken it upon itself to address an age-old problem: people with brown eyes. Yes, yes, some of you may in fact suffer from this affliction, but worry no more. A scientific solution is upon us!
I know, you’re thinking — How do I show my insane devotion to Disney’s “The Lion King” in a new and innovative way? Well, makeup artist Katie Alves reached deep and came up with animated film-themed eye makeup. Like these “Lion King” coated peepers. How crazy detailed is that? And how many hours did that poor model have to sit there with her eyes closed while Alves painstakingly painted a full panel? [Fashionista] Keep reading »
- A woman claims she has not been able to close her eyes after plastic surgery gone wrong. Ew! Another reason to keep what your mama gave you! [Gawker]
- Actor David Boreanaz has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with an actress on “Bones” who claims he sent her lewd text messages and promised he could “make things happen” for her. [TMZ]
- Is the so-called “men’s rights” movement actually growing? God, let’s hope not. [Salon]
This morning on the subway, I couldn’t stop staring at the woman seated across from me. She’s one of those people who’s stunning, but you can’t figure out exactly what makes them so pleasing to look at. And then I solved the mystery—she was blond, I think naturally, but had super dark brown eyes. It’s a combination that’s pretty unusual, genetically speaking. This reminded me of my friend Sarah from elementary school, who had dark brown hair like me but bright blue eyes. I was always a little jealous of this. I started thinking about it, and have decided that the celebs I find the most beautiful tend to have this combo of dark hair and light eyes, or light hair and dark eyes. Maybe I should start rocking violet-colored contacts again, like I did in high school? Keep reading »
Eyebrows frame your face and enhance your best features. If there are bald spots, or sparse areas in your brows, no one is going to notice your almond shaped eyes or defined cheekbones… trust us. Take up a pencil and follow our instructions.
How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner:
Eye liner is a cosmetic essential. Without it eyes would be undefined, unappealing, and even unnoticed. This makeup standard is the key to a pulled-together face, and both pencil and liquid applications can be a breeze.
Select a Quality Pencil Liner:
A decent pencil will leave a solid, dark line without much pressure being applied. Test the application on the back of your hand before you purchase a product if your store allows for testers. Waterproof liners are also great because they are long lasting and smudge-proof.
Prep Your Space and Your Face :
This ain’t no lipstick trick- you do need a mirror. Good lighting is also a plus, and eye shadow should be applied before the liner.
Pull Your Lid Taut:
With your eye closed, use your free hand to pull the far corner of your eye outward so that the lid is tight and uncreased, sort of life the “after” of a bad face lift.
Line Your Eyes:
Starting from either corner, draw sort and soft dashes of liner across your lid, keeping the line as close to your lash line as possible. All of the small stroke should blend into the next one so that the small dashes are attached to each other.
Increase the Impact:
Draw one seamless and fluid line across the one you just made, keeping the pencil close to the lash line, thickening toward the outer corner.
Blend Your Line:
For a more natural appearance, use a sponge tool, cotton swab, or finger to blend the liner, creating a softer look and the impression of a more defined lash line.
Line Your Lower Lid:
Move from the outer crease of your eye on the lower lash line and create the same soft, light sweeps of eye liner under your bottom lid. Note: this will make your eyes look smaller.
Lock in the Liner:
Apply a light coating of eye shadow over the eyeliner to set it and prevent it from smudging.
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Eye shadow is the Jekyll and Hyde of a makeup case. When it comes to eye lining with shadow, a punchy color and intense application leaves your peepers lined with drama, while a soft sweep of powder creates a softer look.
How to Get Through an Overplucked Period:
We’ve all been there. It starts with one stray hair and a tweezer-rampage later it look like you took a John Deere to your eyebrows. Luckily it’s nothing a little makeup, and a lot of time, can’t fix.
Draw on eyebrows:
Elizabeth Arden’s Dual Perfection Brow Shaper and Eyeliner comes in two shades and retains your brows’ shape until it grows back in. Another option is to grab an eyeliner that matches your brow color and fill them in with soft, light strokes, checking the shape in natural light.
Keep existing eyebrows in shape:
Use a brow brush or comb to brush over-plucked eyebrows into place. Think of it as an eyebrow comb-over. Use a clear eyebrow gel to keep them in place.
Try an eyebrow stencil:
Purchase an eyebrow stencil. Place it around your eyebrows to see where your best shape lyes, and when you pluck in the future to avoid going overboard.
Camouflage over-plucked eyebrows:
There is always the sheild-from-sight approach. This entails a new haircut complete with brow-reaching bangs, and Holly Golightly oversized sunglasses.
Get professional help:
Visit a beautician to give you a lesson on how to properly shape your eyebrows so you don’t go through this again! It will be worth the financial investment.
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