You know the first time you hear a word or phrase and you realize it’s something that you love but didn’t know the name for? That was “waterline eyeliner” for me. I knew I loved how a thin line of eyeliner on the inner rim of my lower eyes made them pop, but I didn’t know the proper name for it.
I loved waterline liner, but couldn’t get it to stay in place!
It would pool up at the inner corners of my eye in smeared globs (hi, boys!) or disappear completely. I’d faithfully bring eyeliner with me to touch up mid way through the night but to be honest, if I do actually leave the comfort of sweatpants and Go Out, I want to just be out. I don’t want to be touching up my makeup a zillion times.
I tried every liner I could get my hands on. High end, drugstore, and everything in between. Then I realized it came down to a mix of technique and product.
How to Make Waterline Liner Stay All Day
1 | Start by lining the inside of your eye on the bottom, your waterline. Make sure the line reaches all the way to the inner and outer corners.
2 | Then, I take a liner brush and dip it in an eyeshadow color a shade lighter than my liner. You can do black shadow with black liner for a more intense night time look. Then I brush shadow on in short horizontal strokes as close to the liner as possible without it going in my eye. (I tried putting it right on the waterline liner and that did not go great. It stung and made my eyes water.)
3 | I do lighter taupe shade underneath that darker liner eyeshadow to soften it and blend it out.
4 | Then, when all my eye makeup is done, mascara/lashes/etc I spray everything in place with a setting spray. For extra hold, you can spray a bit of setting spray right into your liner brush and dab it over your shadow liner.
This keeps my liner in place 5 times longer!
- Liners | Lancome and Charlotte Tilbury
- Affordable liner | Sephora Collection
- the best neutral eye shadow palette
- affordable eye shadow palette
- liner brush
- smudge brush
- crease brush
Finished Look (pin it!)
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