"Under-eye" eyeliner

I’m pale, and I know this. Being pale is one of the reasons I kinda operated for a long time under the assumption that using eyeliner on my lower lash line made me look like the proverbial raccoon.

A few years ago, I decided to get daring and smudged black eyeliner under my lower lashes to complete one of my first attempts at a smoky eye. I was headed out for my best friend’s bachelorette party.

Now, my best friend is the kind of BFF that will tell if my ass looks fat in my jeans. So when she complimented my eye makeup that night, I knew I could get away with it, my Dutch paleness and all.

There are different ways for the everyday girl to wear eyeliner on the lower lash line – or “under eye eyeliner,” as some friends have referred to it.

1. Take your liner and go all along the lash line to the inner corner of your eye.

2. Take your liner from the outer corner of your eye to about halfway across.

3. Use a light – white, silver or soft metallic – eyeliner on the inner corner bottom lash line to brighten your eye.

I have used liquid eyeliner to define my lower lash line. But I prefer pencil or cream eyeliner for the lower lash line. I actually find it less tricky to apply lower lash line eyeliner!

To achieve #1, you take your pencil and start at the outer corner of your eye. Place the tip just under your lower lashes, and draw a thin line until you reach the inner corner of your eye. Look at the line. Usually I’ll thicken the line at the outer corner of my eye, framing the shape of it.

To achieve #2, you take the same steps as for #1 but stop when you get to your pupil. You can see this look in the completed eye look in the post before this one, “Tackling liquid eyeliner.” I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Flipside.

To achieve look #3, you can do either #1 or #2, and this in addition to it or do this alone. I generally highlight the inside corner and also the curve of the skin between the upper lid an d the lower lash line.

Don’t be afraid to use black eyeliner to line your lower lash line. Just make sure that you draw thin lines, unless you’re going for a vampy look. If you apply too thick of a line, you can always try and thin it out by rubbing some away with a tissue or makeup remover cloth/pad.

I know there are no pictures specifically for this blog so if you want to see a demo, let me know and I’ll post pics. If not…any questions?! Comments?