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How to Line the Waterlines of Your Eyes

Get That Tightly Lined Eye Look With These Easy Steps

I love the look of a dark eyeliner rimmed with precision around the lash lines. Not only does it make eye color pop, particularly when encircled by a contrasting shadow, but the dark tone creates a brightening contrast against the whites of the eyes. But do you have a hard time getting that liner to stay put, and does your waterline application never seem to go as planned? I hear you.

Earlier today, actress Olivia Wilde stepped out in Spain to promote Escada's new fragrance, Desire Me. She was sporting pale peachy-pink cheeks and lips, along with some trendy copper-toned eyeshadow and serious applied-to-perfection deep black liner. Looking to do a little waterlining of your own? To find out how to get smudge-proof results, just keep reading.

  • Smooth sailing: Since this part of the eye is so delicate, you'll want to use a liquid- or gel-based eyeliner to reduce drag. Use a waterproof formula, since this area is prone to tearing up. Try Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes Pencil ($17) or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21) with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush ($25).
  • Get it on: Work from the outer part of the eye toward the nose. Gently pulling the skin down on the bottom lid, use short, back-and-forth strokes to create a precision line. Repeat the same step on the top lid, lightly pulling the lid upward for a close application. Tip: For the inner v's, look straight ahead and apply using a free-form stroke.
  • Finishing touches: Clean up wavering lines and smudges with a little lotion applied on a Q-Tip. To set your liner, using an angled eyeshadow brush, like Estée Lauder's Eyeliner and Brow Brush ($20), dab powdered shadow or translucent powder over waterline.
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nancita nancita 7 years
I love this look but I am so scared to try this. It just gives me the willies for some reason. But thanks for the tips, because I really want to try it at least once.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i think MUA means make up artist.
Jasmin14921509 Jasmin14921509 8 years
Actually, the best method to keep a pigmented, consistent line that lasts all day is loose kohl. L'oreal HIP has a good drugstore version but the Guerlain is best in my opinion. The L'oreal has much more fallout the first few times you use it before you get the hang of it. You can nap and work out with it. Using the Eastern method of applying it is best... looks scary but it's absolutely not! I've gotten all my friends and co-workers using loose kohl.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I've worn this look for years, all you really need is a sharp, soft eyeliner and a steady hand. The only bad thing is when the tip gets caught on your eyelashes and leaves little lumps that end up in your eyes. (Though my current mascara end up in my eyes more than it does on my lashes) Covergirl eyeliner is the bomb, stays on for hours. I wear it when I'm pulling long shifts at work with no break, I walk out looking like I did when I walked in.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
What's an MUA?
Advah Advah 8 years
MsLux - I definitely remember those high school days! My friends burned the tip of their khol pencils with a lighter and apply it when cold to make sure it'd stay longer; that freaked the hell out of me. I recently found Bourjois' Khol and Contour pencil, it works great! I wear it only when I go out because it's so dark, but it'll def stay on for the rest of the night.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
I'm an MUA, and it's something that has to be maintained through the day. I use a cream liner like Bobbi's or MAC Fluidline. Those last the longest, and you can set it with black shadow, lightly do so. You have to be very precise and careful. I use a flat straight ended liner brush that is small.
kulikuli kulikuli 8 years
I love doing my eyeliner like this! I use Stila's smudge pot because it's waterproof and creates a great smooth black line. And instead of powder on that inner rim, i use kehal or kajal, which is a khol eyeliner. It's ued all over the middle east and india. And the powder is on a stick that you are meant to press inbetween both eyelids, and yes some gets in your eyes but its ok, its even used in infants, it wont make you tear up and it wont burn. Homemade kehal is perfectly safe, and most that you'll find in foreign markets, however do not buy kohl product from lines like Loreal, they tried to imitate it in 5 different colors, kohl is black, any other color is unnatural and filled with dyes. And this may not work for all eye types, but i have big almond eyes so i like to sharpen them with this technique. My eyes don't look small after doing it. But to each their own.
MsLux MsLux 8 years
I've always had such a hard time with liquid eyeliner. I remember when I was in high school, I would spend hours doing it and redoing it. I am not sure I would be any better at it now. I agree with @Sham28, I would be concerned that sticking foreign substances so close to your eye is very good for you. I use Chanel Stylo Eyux Waterproof eye pencil; it's creamy and doesn't drag as much as a lot of others - I do have to sacrifice the perfectly thin line, but I don't stick it right into my waterline - the look is more smoky than defined.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I agree that while its a great look, it can't be good for the eyes
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I used to love lining my eyes like this. Maybelline makes a felt-tip liquid liner that is super easy to use. I'd smudge a little black shadow on the outer edges to soften it up (after lining it once)and then go over it with one last coat of liquid liner. I also find running a touch of a shadow that's slightly shimmery/lighter than your skin-tone applied just alongside the black liner on the inside v does wonders for really brightening/defining your eyes.
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 8 years
My eyes water all day long when I wear eyeliner,so I'm always having to reply it about 3-4 times.
Burkina Burkina 8 years
I love this look on women with big eyes- its so flattering
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
ugh, her eyes look tiny. why exactly would i want to recreate this look?
sham28 sham28 8 years
It's a great look but it can NOT be good for you to be dusting powder and rubbing pencil on that tissue.
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