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White eyeliner trick

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pale Eyeliner

You know how makeup artists are always saying things like, "A bit of white eyeliner along the rims of your eyelids will perk up tired eyes"? Well, I could never get this trick to work; the white always looked too obvious, so I wound up using my pencils to whiten my nails.

But now I've figured it all out. As it turns out, yes, white eyeliner looks too artificial, but if the eyeliner has just a hint of beigey pink, the trick works wonders. Today, I used Being True dual eyeliner ($18) in Express/Reflect. One side of the pencil is a warm brown shade; the other is a pearly champagne color. I used the brown shade on my upper lash line to define the eye, then used the lighter shade along my lower waterline (the lower lid right above the lower lashes). Magic! The brown gives the illusion of thicker lashes, while the lighter color brings out the whites of my eyes in a natural-looking way. Now I know what these makeup artists have been talking about all this time, as though I've joined a secret cabal of eye-tricking geniuses. To see how it looks,


Well, here you go: a little brighter than usual. And yikes, giant eyes!

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gingernuts gingernuts 9 years
This stuff looks fantastic!! You're white eye pencil is really underrated, so thank you for this post!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
wow, you have perfect eyebrows.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
Looks really cute!
beccalu beccalu 9 years
I read this yesterday and wanted to try it. I only had a pinkish color, so I used that. I was afraid that since I have brown eyes it might look bad, but it didn't! My eyes really did pop and they looked really big. It's a great fresh, springy look! Thanks Bella!
BCBG_girl29 BCBG_girl29 9 years
yes bella, you should definitely post a how-to for this look :D
thegiraffe thegiraffe 9 years
Could you post up a how-to? That'd be awesome. I have another tip; if you have tanned skin, you can go for a light gold color, this will look more natural with the yellow undertones of tanned skin.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Thanks for all of the nice words! Let me know if you want to see a how-to for this sort of thing. I would be happy to show you how to do it -- it's super easy.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 9 years
Nice look Bella! Your eyes really sparkle!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Um hi eyebrows! They look perfect I'm so jealous!!!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I like this not only for the eye whitening effect but also because it's pretty. I'd line my top lashes with that on a 'let lips take the center stage' day.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
I use Stila Kajal in Topaz. It's a beautiful peach color that looks similar to my inner waterline but brighter and it has great lasting power. I also find that white eyeliner works best when it's opalescent and blending into a very soft, smudgy line.
vanitypot vanitypot 9 years
Thanks for the tip! :) I've always used my TimeBalm concealer as something that could wake my eyes up (by also applying at my lower lashline). I think I'll try that eyeliner trick'll take less effort! :D
feroshacoutura feroshacoutura 9 years
Great tip Bella, Thank you much :)
linday_love linday_love 9 years
I'll try it looks soooooooooooooooooooooo pretty on you!I'm love your hair color!
shopaholic194 shopaholic194 9 years
I uses black on top! And sephora brand really pale pink lip liner thats like $2 on the bottom!!
gaelgirl gaelgirl 9 years
white works for me, but i'm super pale. i tested it & nobody could tell. it's even better in photographs!!!!!
BCBG_girl29 BCBG_girl29 9 years
bella, i love that eyeshadow color. do you remember who makes it or what its called??
gigiopolis gigiopolis 9 years
I agree, white eyeliner is much too harsh on the waterline (at least, for me). I do like using white eyeliner in the very inside corner of my waterline though. For the rest of the line, I use Rimmel Eye Twist eyeshadow/liner in "Double Trouble", which has an automatic brown eyeliner on one end and a stick shadow in a champagne-y gold colour on the other end. I use the shimmery champagne eyeshadow to line the rest of my waterline. In fact, I'd say it's a great dupe of this Being True dual eyeliner.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I use white eyeliner on occasion, but I really like gold as an alternative - it brings out the green in my eyes and looks more exciting than white. I'll definitely check out a beige liner..
emalove emalove 9 years
Yellowbanana, I think we're using the same eye pencil from Clinqiue!! Sounds just like the one that I'm addicted to.
emalove emalove 9 years
Very pretty! I use a creamy-white eye pencil from Clinique and line the bottom rims of my eyes with it. I just do it lightly so it looks subtle...and it really DOES make my eyes pop.
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
The white eyeliner never worked for me either. UNTIL I found this shimmer white pencil from Clinique. It only adds a pearly glow, instead of an obvious white. The effect is, I think even prettier and definitely natural looking.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
bella, i love you. and the title of this post made me laugh out loud, which is an accomplishment during exam cram time. :)
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Thanks for all of the nice comments. I have my mom's eyes. :) Kerish and ckeller825, thank you for sharing your tips, too! It's funny — I wore no makeup to work today except for some cheek stain, but then I found out I had to get a picture taken. No mascara around, but a few products I had yet to try out. The eyeliner really saved things and made me look less tired!
wren1 wren1 9 years
I'll have to try this--thanks! :)
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