In honor of Elizabeth Taylor it only seemed fitting to have a post on mastering liquid eye liner today. You guys, I LOVE winged liquid liner and I am not kidding you when I say that I have been wearing it religiously since the 7th grade. I have no idea how I originally got into it, but I’m guessing it had something to do with the 60’s obsession I’ve had from an early age. A lot of people are afraid of it because it can be difficult to apply and I don’t disagree with them, it’s not easy. It takes a lot of practice and the only reason I’m so good at it is because I’ve been practicing for 13 years. By Malcolm Gladwell’s standards that makes me a master of the craft (see Outliers)! But, aside from practice, I also have a really really good trick for applying it. Here it is:
Use liquid liner from The Body Shop, I’m not kidding. It is the best liquid liner I have ever used. The only thing that makes me sad about it is that I can never use it in my working makeup kit because there is no way to disinfect the brush and I would never double dip between faces. The Body Shop liquid liner is super dark and the applicator brush is super thin, which is what makes it so good.
So now for applying: Apply it to your top lid along the lash line as straight as you feel you can without making yourself crazy. If you plan to wing it out pas your eye, which I obviously suggest you do, don’t do that yet, just take it to the end of your eye. Then (here is the magical part) take a Q-Tip, wet it down, and drag it lightly along the top line of the liquid. Use your eyelashes as a support. If you are using liner from The Body Shop doing this should result in a much much straighter line. Fool around with the Q-Tip until you get the liner straight, this part should be really easy. Now you can make your dramatic wings! Use the Q-tip trick to get the end of the wings into super pointy points.
Be warned I have tried this with other liquid liners and it doesn’t work as well. Also, it doesn’t work well with gel liner because it dries too fast and doesn’t come off the face without soap. Good luck and email me if you need further explanation!
I’m starting a new project that will live on this blog; it’s called The Daily Face. Each day I’m going to do my makeup in a different way, then post a photo of myself with a description of what makeup I used and how I achieved the look. I’ll also include makeup and beauty tips and some of my own tricks.
My goal with this project is to show you out there that doing your makeup can be really easy and fun. And that I can make it even easier and more fun by showing you exactly what to use and where to get it!
I hope you enjoy The Daily Face!
Oh, and by the way, when I say “daily” what I mean is almost daily. Some days it will be impossible for me to post and I’ll probably take Sundays off since I usually spend all day eating brunch.
We at The Standard are admitted Tumblr junkies. So that’s why we’re happy to discover new Tumblr accounts popping up left and right — for the sheer sake of “following” all things cool. The fashion website StyleCaster has recently joined the ranks with their own Stylecaster/Tumblr.
Better yet, they provided us with a cheat sheet of other ones to watch. Here’s their curated Fashion Inspiration list of Tumblr’s to watch: