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27 Aug 2012

Waterline Eye Pencils - the Nudes

Some of the nudes I use in the waterline
Really really really quick post.  So quick, in fact, that it may not have a jump break :-)

Light colour eyeliner on your waterline helps open smaller eyes right up, helps your eyes to look more awake and more fresh and can help cancel out any redness.  It helps camouflage hangovers, illness, lack of sleep, crying-after-effects, or just plain red or pink hyperpigmentation in this area.

The waterline of your eye is the innermost rim of your eyelid, immediately above your lashline.  As it's right beside your eye, it's usually quite a wet area, so product very often won't last the day here.  If this is the case, you can just re-apply, or you can (like all makeup) set it with a powder product (eg eyeshadow) to make it last a bit longer.

OK, it had a jump :-)

I usually don't use a white in this area on my skin types, unless I'm doing a retro (60's) look, or I'll use it on uber-pale pale pale skin; it can be a bit too "glaringly brilliant white" against most skin.  What I do use are more nude colours, skin-, yellow-, pink- or peach toned eyeliner.  In general this suits most people and looks more natural.

Top-down: MAC Pro Pale Yellow Eye Pencil, Pixi Eye Bright Liner, NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte, MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating, Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Powder Pink

The ones I use are as follows:
  • MAC PRO Pale Yellow Eye Pencil (pale neutral yellow)
  • Pixi Eye Bright Liner (peach-toned flesh colour)
  • NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte (tanned flesh colour)
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating (brilliant white)
  • Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Powder Pink (ashy cool pink flesh colour)

Of course, you can always use champagne-, gold- or silver-based colours in your water line also, to give that "awake" umph!  A pale pale blue can also really bring out the whites of your eyes...

If you want to open up your eyes even more, add a contrast/contour shade directly underneath the lashline, either a dark colour (for a more dramatic look) or a mid-toned brown or grey (for a more subtle look) - this gives the impression of far larger, wider and more open eyes.

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