DEFINITION WITHOUT LIMITATION


Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Okay, here’s the deal. Lining only your upper lashline “pulls” it up, creating the illusion that your eyes are more open and awake (but a little unbalanced). Lining both the top and bottom fully frames your eyes and makes them look more piercing and balanced but closes them up a little, making them look smaller and less open/awake. Unless you try this simple technique: draw your upper liner thicker than you draw the lower liner! At first glance, it will look like your eyes are fully framed and balanced, but the thicker line on top will open and “pull” the upper lid up while the thin bottom line will define without closing. Yes! 

TOOLS:

  • Kohl or Long-Lasting Liner Pencil — There are many many amazing pencils out there today and right now my favorites are Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper and Maybelline Unstoppable Liner in Espresso (that I picked up at Target and what I personally wear every day because it glides on so easily and lasts all day).
  • Angled Liner Pencil — The Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner Brush (also from Target) is so thin with the perfect amount of give and stiffness that it makes anyone draw like a pro.

STEPS:

  1. With a good amount of pressure, start at your inner corner and sweep the pencil from the inside corner of your upper lashline to the outside corner. Rule of thumb: the harder you press the pencil, the thicker the line will be and reversely, the lighter your press the pencil, the thinner the line will be.
  2. Swipe the liner brush against the tip of the same pencil to load it with product. This ensures that the lower line is about a third of the width of the upper line.
  3. Sweep the liner brush along the lower lashline.
  4. Step back and decide if you need to go back and draw the upper line a little thicker or if you’re happy!

By the way, have you browsed our TBD + Target Style Board on Pinterest yet? We’re loving sharing all our favorite Target finds with all of you and hope to hear about your discoveries too!

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