For most of my teenage and first half of 20s, I relentlessly lined my upper and lower lash line with a black eye pencil. It was in vogue, and looked rather fetching on an 18-year-old girl, with dusky complexion and silver nose ring.
But I would have certainly been better off graduating to well-defined and clean lines with a matte liquid or gel eyeliner once I turned 21. It’s couple of years late, but I have finally arrived, and have parted ways with abrasively kohl-rimmed eyes as my signature look.
This season, I am in love with the no-makeup makeup look (call it German influence!). It’s fresh, dewy, with bright eyes and just a tad bit of flush on your cheeks. I have worked with a number of techniques to get that doe-eye look, and some have worked better than others. Here’s my top 3 tricks to make your eyes look larger and brighter – with links to drugstore products that I have used (all less than €3).
Ditch the Kohl
Line the base of your upper lash line with matte liquid or gel eye liner (I used Maybelline New York’s Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Black), keeping the line as narrow as possible. Line the lower lash line with a brown pencil, and be sparse. The idea is to create a shadow for definition, and not a line. Oh, and let your eyeshadow be as close to your skin tone as possible.
I do shamelessly use products beyond their prescribed use. I don’t have an eye pencil in this shade of brown, so I use P2’s Eyebrow Express Pen (€1.95) to create a shadow beneath the lower lash line.
Line your lower lash line with grey kajal
I have dusky complexion and have tried the usual white and seemingly nude eye pencil to line my waterline. However, they were a stark contrast for my complexion, and more drab than fab against my skin tone. Recently I tried a grey eye pencil, and voilà! Jackpot! Not only does it blend well with my eyes, the effect is subtle but definite. Your eyes will suddenly look deeper and larger.
Trend IT UP’s Softmatte Kajal (€2.95) is my current favourite.
Add a little sparkle to the corners
You can use highlighter, eyeshadow pencil or anything that has shimmer in it, and add a little to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them up instantly.
Once again, I used a highlighter instead of a shimmery eyeshadow. I use Essence’s Soo glow Cream to powder highlighter in ‘look on the bright side’. It’s creamy and blends well.
Are there any makeup hacks and tricks that you swear by? Let me know in comments below!