Layering. We all know it’s the answer to winter, and now, I will explain how it is also the answer to beauty.
There are so many ways to layer up products, to make them last longer, work better, or even get an entirely different effect. This week, I’m going to walk you through some techniques that I personally think are super duper.
(Please forgive my rambly nature; I am currently typing this while also watching Happy Feet 2 on a plane from Australia. Some baby penguins just sang “We’re bringing slushy back” while gyrating. I’m not sure about how I feel about this.)
First up is a little trick which I am very proud of coming up with. (Perhaps I wasn’t the first to do so, but I think I am).
Ladies, and, well, ladies, please let me introduce to you my Super Special Eyeliner Trick:
As we all know, eyeliners don’t last. Of course some are better than others, but most of them slip and slide all over the place. Brands are constantly trying to find the golden ratio of ingredients that make a liner glide on smoothly, have tons of pigment, and hold on like crazy.
So what if we take matters into our own hands?
Take an eyeliner which is designed to be more opaque than opaque, take an eyeshadow primer which is designed to hold onto the skin until the end of time, and then Layer Them Up.
- Put a thin layer of primer on the base of your lashes, straight on the skin, and let it sit for a few seconds.
- Draw on a smudgy line of your eyeliner, hugging the roots of your lashes.
- Squeeze some primer onto the back of your hand, then take a cotton bud/Q-tip and dip it in the primer. Gently smoodge it through the liner on your eye, working back and forth gently until it is all blended together and uniform.
- Repeat (3) & (4).
- And repeat them again.
Build up your smokey, primer-filled liner until it is just as intense as you want it, finish with one last slick of liner, and it will stay and stay and stay. And stay. You won’t get a clean line, but my god will you smoke the place out until the end of time.
For those who are interested, there is only one eye primer, in my view. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a stunner. I’ve tried so many, including the Nars one which many people swear by, but in my view nothing beats the Primer Potion. (It also works as a primer for under-eye concealer, just so you know).
And as for eyeliner, any form would work with this technique – pencil, gel, liquid, anything. I have a deep and abiding love for my L’Oréal Super Liner GelMatic in Taupe Grey, but the world is your oyster, my friends.