Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Detail of the Week

A dramatic liquid line.

I have always wished to be able to do this, but somehow never can. Do you have any great tips for achieving this look, or the perfect liner to use? —smudge proof. Also, my interview for Helena's wonderful blog, A Diary of Lovely is up! Thank you to all who have stopped by already and left such lovely comments... I hope you are having a great wednesday so far!

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  1. I don't know, my daughter has done this successfully for years, I have never been able to do it myself - one eye is always more rounded, something. (and I'm the artist - ha!)

  2. Oh if only I could use liquid liner properly! lol... it's so pretty when done right!

  3. This is gorgeous! A must try — though I'm sure it's trickier than it looks!

  4. This is my go-to look... I've used revlon liquid eyeliner for the past couple of years and am very happy with it. No tips on how to apply it properly! It takes so much practice to get both eyes equal, and I've messed up a MILLION times! I still do. But when you get that perfect cat eye, it just puts you in such a good mood for the day! Gorgeous pic!



  5. Hi Sarah-
    Yes, it does involve a lot of practice. I'm a makeup artist and I started perfecting the winged liner since my early teens, needless to say it was pretty messy stuff. My tips and tricks are to go with a smooth, water-proof gel formula liner (this way once you get the desired look you worked so hard for, it won't fade or smear all day!) and use a small angled eyeliner brush. My favorites are MAC's Fluidline in Blacktrack with their #263 brush. I like to warm the product up on the back of my hand, this gives you the best consistency to work with.

    Then tilting your head back slightly, this helps you get to the lash line without pulling at the outer corner, stand in front of a mirror and start lining at the outer corner first, moving your way to the inner corner with short strokes. Then once you've established a thin line (it's important to get right into the lash line) as a guide, start building in thickness and extending out as dramatic as you want.

    Another trick when you're first learning, is to do our eye makeup first in case you need to use q-tips (dipped in makeup remover) to straighten out the wing you won't mess up the rest of your face makeup.

    These two video's are a big help, good luck!!

    I have other tips and tricks along with how-to's at my blog!

  6. I just love this look. Fabulous photo, my friend :)

    Hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

  7. Arleene -- I cannot thank you enough! I have been struggling with it for years... I will watch these and visit your site :)

  8. So Sarah ... what do you think, is this corporate office appropriate - if you are the whimsical and loveable graphic designer?? I think maybe ... yes!

  9. what a fantastic photo! looks totally natural, even though I'm sure a lot of work went into it. Love your blog by the way!

  10. Carolann -- yes! quite!

    Astrid -- thank you very much.


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