IT’S HARD TO KNOW THE PICK OF THE EYE PENCILS.
Eye liner is a love/hate thing with me.
I like the dark upswept or heavily outlined look on others. I struggle to get it quite right on myself.
The ageing process, as much as I like it intellectually, does have some downsides. I could blame age and a tendency for the eyes to be less wide open than they once were but in truth I was never much good at the application of eye liner. It is a twofold dilemma.
How to apply.
I want to share a little trick that has changed my eyeliner life.
Start with a pencil, never a liquid.
I have always held down my eyelid to apply eyeliner. Wrong.
Apply the pencil with eyes wide open, looking straight ahead into the mirror.
The line is drawn as the eye is seen. Am I making sense?
Start from the centre and draw upwards as you reach the outer lid.
When you close your eyes, you will see that it is a different shading to the one that would be there if you lined your eyes closed.
Open. The eyes look wider and the eyeliner flies up at the edge rather than down.
I was amazed at the result.
What to use?
A soft eye pencil, never with shine, that is less flattering.
Dark Grey is the shade of choice. A soft colour that opens up the eyes and is much kinder than black.
Favourites; Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury and Mac, for ease, colour and sensitivity.
My eyes are looking up, xv.
The Pick of The Eye Pencils
images, vogue cover, helen mirren by annie leibovitz