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Dramatic, Sexy Eyeliner Tutorial 2009-12-16 11:00:31

How to Wear Thick Eyeliner Without Looking Like Alice Cooper

Much as I love his cover of "Pretty Ballerina," Mr. Cooper's raccoon eyeliner isn't so desirable for those of us not about to do some shredding. But it's not always easy to get a look like the lovely Marion Cotillard's at the Nine premiere last night, so I've got some tips to keep you looking more glamorous than glam rock. To find out which eyeliner to use and which techniques work best for a dramatic but not heavy look, just read more.


  • Use a gel eyeliner, like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21). It doesn't smudge as easily as pencil, and it's not as high-impact as liquid liner, which telegraphs as very bold even if you apply it lightly.
  • Waterline. You might be a little antsy about lining the rims of your eyes instead of just the lid, but waterlining is the best way to get a statement eye without making your eyes look smaller or too heavily lined. Follow with a thin line on the lids for maximum impact.
  • Line the inner corner of your eyes to make them look sexier, but apply some highlighter, like Eyeko Touch Up & Glow Highlighter ($6), into the hollows beside your nose. It opens up your eyes and brightens them.
  • Go dramatic on the mascara. A thickening, lengthening black mascara like Blinc ($24) will do a lot of the work toward making your eyes look sexy, so you don't have to overdo it on the liner.


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