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Over the years, I’ve watched a lot of top tier makeup artists work their magic, and it never ceases to amaze me how often they reach for the white eyeliner. Apparently, this little beauty has so many beauty benefits, professional makeup artists count on it time and time and time again. Here’s how you can follow their lead and use this king of multi-taskers a multitude of ways:
ON YOUR EYES you can use a white pencil numerous ways to great effect. I like to draw a reverse v on the inner corners of my eyes to make them sparkle. You can also use the pencil on your upper and lower waterlines to open up your eyes and make them look huge. Another option is to use the pencil the same way you do your colored pencils. Try a white cat eye and wear it sans mascara for a cool-girl vibe or add a touch of black mascara for a somewhat more polished finish.
ON YOUR BROWS you can use the pencil to outline your desired shape. On the top and bottom of your brows, mark the spots where your brow should start, where the arch should be and where the brow should end and connect them thereby completely enclosing your soon-to- be perfect brow. Then, just tweeze outside the lines to help you prevent over tweezing and maintain their shape.
ON YOUR SKIN the pencil doubles as an easy to use highlighter. You’ll want to stroke it on exactly where you would normally use your highlighter. Try it under your brows, down the bridge of your nose, on your upper cheekbone area, on the center lower part of your forehead in an upside down triangle and on your chin. Then, gently smudge all these areas so there are no lines of demarcation.
ON YOUR NAILS you’ll like the look of white pencil that’s used to freshen them and even mimic a softer-looking version of the French manicure. Thoroughly wash and dry your nails before using the white eyeliner under your nail tips. They’ll instantly look neat and well-groomed.
2 TO TRY:
Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner in French Lace ($23) is a matte white in a nourishing, creamy pigment-loaded formula thanks to a blend of oils, Vitamin E, soft waxes and polymers. To apply use gentle pressure and soft strokes, smudging immediately if blending is desired. Expect it to glide on easily and supply you with all day wear without budging or fading.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Alpine ($22) gives you an inky intensity in a shimmery, sultry finish. Apply and leave as is or smudge out with your fingertips. Once it sets this highly pigmented, waterproof formula stays put. You’ll also like the twist-top applicator — no sharpener needed!
NOTE: Both the Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil and the Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner were tested in store. Opinions are my own.