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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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Beauty Beauty 7 years
Oh, you'll love Fluidline. It's so fantastic and easy to use, especially with MAC's #266 brush. And yes, bellydancinmary nailed the waterline definition. Thanks!
petitemelodie petitemelodie 7 years
MAC fluidline is on my way to me now, can't wait to use it! I've been using black pencils and I always have smudges.
sugajen sugajen 7 years
FUNNY TITLE. anyway, i prefer liquid in black as it stays put and stays dark.
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 7 years
That's what the waterline is kittykat. :) I hate using liquid liner, but I like the gel/cream ones. Once you get a hang of using the little brush, it's very easy to line you eye however you want. My all-time favorite is M.A.C. fluidline in blackest black, it lasts all day.
weffie weffie 7 years
Ha, I looked like Alice Cooper for, like, all of grade 9. Thankfully a friend saw potential in me and gave me some liquid liner lessons :)
kittykat83 kittykat83 7 years
Just to clarify- when you say "waterline," do you mean between the lashes and the eyeball? I usually do that, but I never see that suggested.
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