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February 23, 2013

Look More Awake With Flesh Toned Eyeliner!

Whilst this is one of the most well known make up tricks in the book, I feel like a lot of people still don't know about it. When I mention it, for example, I often get looks of confusion. What am I talking about, you may ask? Brightening with eyeliner, of course!

For a long time I thought eyeliner was a cosmetic to be used to darken up and enhance a make up look. Yes, I was one of the 15 year old girls that wore black eyeliner on her waterline and that is it. Oh, wasn't that a good phase? I've move on from that, however, and now I mainly use eyeliner to brighten my eyes and make me look more awake. 

A white or flesh toned eyeliner, when applied to the lower waterline of one's eyes, will assist in brightening the whole eye area, resulting in a more fresh and awake faced look.

Whilst lots of people recommend white eyeliner for the waterline, however I find that white can be very harsh and noticeable which is definitely not the effect you're after when using this technique. I used white eyeliner for a while though and, after an hour or so, the colour does settle into something more natural. My favourite is flesh/nude toned eyeliners. They have much of the same effect, yet aren't so harsh. 

Eyeliners with shimmer can also be used, however I would only recommend them if you're  teaming it with a very intense eye make up look. I have worn a shimmery white eyeliner on my waterline, however, and found the effect to be quite nice. It's important to ensure it doesn't have large 'chunks' of shimmer, as these may drop into your eye, making for an uncomfortable day and, yes, this has happened to me.
Top to bottom: In shaded outdoor lighting and direct outdoor lighting 
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in #005 | MAC Chromographic Pencil in NC15//NW20 | Essence Ready for Boarding 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in #01 Destination Sunshine (beige end) | Beauty Style Eyeliner in Innocence | Aveda Eye Definer #922 Lily 

Above are some of my recommendations when it comes to highlighting eyeliners for the waterline. As you can see, the first three are different flesh toned eyeliners whilst the second two are white shades. The second of the whites is a shimmer eyeliner. If you're looking for a flesh toned eyeliner, I recommend the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in #005 Nude. The colour is just as good as my MAC equivalent, however the staying power surpasses it. 

When it comes to the placement of the eyeliner, I hope the image above it able to help. It's not the most focused image, I know, but it was the best I was able to get unfortunately. As you can see on the lower lash line, I have applied Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner in #005 Nude.

One last tip? Run your brightening eyeliner under the first half of your lower lash line (towards the inner corner) to brighten you up even more!

That's my tip for today, everyone. What do you think of it? Do you use this technique to brighten and widen? You have any other tips, tricks and techniques? I'd love to hear them! 

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