I thought of doing a post on eye liner as there are so many different ones on the market now – different colours, textures, prices etc – that it can get a little confusing. I would say that if you are not too sure about which eye liner is best for you, just keep to the classic colours of black and brown and focus on ones which have the best staying power – Then you really can’t go wrong.
One thing I would say is that if you like to have definition around your eyes for the day but don’t like the harsh look of using black eyeliner, try a brown or a black/brown colour. This will give you the look you want without making you look like you are ready for a big night out. I specifically like this for an everyday work look. My favourite is Clinique Cream Shaper for eyes in Brown Sugar (£14). It is a pencil but has a creamy texture. It is quite a soft brown colour which looks great for a natural look. I have been using this for years and I love it! It lasts all day and even though it is not said to be waterproof, it is water resistant and I have had a tear or two with this eyeliner on and have not had it budge!! They have a few colours in this range and whilst writing this post I am actually thinking I really need to invest in another colour or two – why haven’t I before??
If I want to wear a black colour in the day I tend to go for Lancome Crayon Khol Waterproof in Raising Noir. This is waterproof yet still is good for smudging if you want the smoky look or to rub in to reduce any harsh lines for a softer, more day-time look. The staying power is good but I have found that if I have a strong line on the top of my eyelid, by the end of the day I can see a crease of black higher up my eyelid from where the liner has touched my lid when my eyes are open. Saying that, I have only noticed it after wearing the liner for many hours (usually already after I have finished work – so it doesn’t matter so much then!!).
Unless you are one of the lucky few, curling your eyelashes can really enhance your look. Many people think that just putting some mascara on will make a difference, but it won’t if you have poker straight, downward lashes.
I have very straight lashes and I find that the best way to curl the lashes is by using an eyelash curler. There are many different makes but I think it is important to find the right one for you as they are all slightly different in shape. You need to find one that suits your own eye shape to not only make it more effective, but it will be easier for you to do the curling. My favourite is the Tweezerman eyelash curlers. I find they are less curved than most and therefore fit my eyes, leading to less pitching. It also allows to me be able to move around easier – getting into those awkward lashes in the corners. My mum was using an old Vaseline top to curl her lashes for about 30 years, often trying eyelash curlers from time to time, but always going back to her Vaseline top as she never got on with them. After recently purchasing the Tweeserman curler, she is finally hooked!! She too agrees it is down to the fact they are less curved and so easier to use. She even had a moan as to why I hadn’t told her about them before!
Regarding the technique as to how to curl the lashes, please remember that there is no need to press hard. Your lashes are very delicate and you don’t want to damage them in any way. Also, you want a natural ‘curled’ look, not with a 90-degree angle to them. I like to start at the root, then gently curl the middle part and then the tips. You can also pick up extra small curlers for the corners, which may be difficult to get to. The ones pictured here are Ruby and Millie.
I have also found that using waterproof mascara helps to keep the curl all day. I am not sure if it just me, but if I use any mascara which isn’t waterproof my lashes drop almost imidianetly (yes, that is how straight my lashes are naturally!!).