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Inglot Duraline (Review)

Inglot Duraline (Review)

As far as I know, Inglot Duraline is a one-of-a-kind product. I haven’t come across anything quite like it myself (though of course there could be a similar product somewhere on the market). Inglot Duraline comes in an unassuming clear bottle– the price tag is […]

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

The Maybelline Big Shot Mascara is one of the brand’s new releases. If you’re a Youtube junkie like me, you’ve probably seen advertisements for this mascara, which promises “root to tip volume.” I have been really impressed with this mascara. First of all, it has […]

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

The NYX  Liquid Liners are my absolute favorite way to create winged liner (or any liner look for that matter).They stay put, they are easy to use, and they are inexpensive. I love the way that I can create wings easily with these liners.

The NYX Liquid Liners retail for about $7, and they are a dream. Most liquid liners, whether they come in a bottle like these or a pen, usually have a felt tip. The NYX Liquid Liners have a brush tip, which makes it super easy to apply a precise line.

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There are two finishes to these liners: matte and vinyl. Both finishes are lovely, and they aren’t super different looking on the eye. The vinyl look has a little more shine to it (almost like leather) and the matte look is, well, matte. I think I’m actually slightly partial to the vinyl, but either way, the finish is lovely.

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Here are the liners side by side: the vinyl on the left and matte on the right. In the photo below, I’m wearing the NYX Liquid Liner (in matte).

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I love the NYX Liquid Liners. What are your favorite liquid liners?

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

Why I Love the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Why I Love the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

I’m a big fan of eyeliner (I mean, let’s be real, I’m a big fan of all makeup). For years, I used a black Chanel Kohl that my mom had given to me, but eventually I had to move on. The black Chanel kohl was […]

Winging It: 5 Tips for Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Winging It: 5 Tips for Perfect Winged Eyeliner

The perfect winged liner takes more than the flick of a wrist. More likely than not, that girl with the perfect cat eye that you are admiring on Instagram has probably put in the hours of practice to achieve her perfectly lined lids. Ultimately, practice makes perfect, but there are a few techniques to make the fashionable, bold liner look more achievable.

  1. Find the right liner for you: Liquid liner, eyeliner pens, and potted eyeliner are the best products for precise winged eyeliner. Not all products are equal, but there is no right or wrong type of eyeliner. You might be more of a brush-and-gel-liner girl, or you might like drawing your eyeliner on with a pen. My favorite liquid liner pen is the Maybelline Master Precise (though I used a M.A.C. pen for years, I came to prefer this one once I discovered it).
  2. Try out different brushes: If you are going for a potted crème or gel liner, make sure you find the right brush. Angled liner brushes are popular, and they can be fantastic. However, they aren’t the only option. I have been using an ultra-thin detail liner brush from the Morphe Vegan brush set (a bit like this one, which is sold separately on Morphe’s site) and loving it. It doesn’t matter which style you like; once again, pick your tool and start practicing!
  3. Use micellar water when you mess up: Concealer can smear your eyeliner, and eye makeup remover can leave oil on your face, but micellar water can give you a precise clean up. Put a little on a Q-tip or a clean makeup brush, then touch up the wings. My favorite micellar waters are the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water and the Bioderma Micellar water.
  4. Draw your wings first: One of the hardest parts of perfecting the winged liner look is making the eyeliner even. You can have two great looking wings that don’t line up! Instead of working on one eye at a time, draw a thin line from the corner of the eye towards the bottom of the eyebrow. This gives you the same starting point on each eye. From there, drag the eyeliner across the eye and fill in the wing.
  5. Start small: Even if you want a giant wing, start small. When trying to even out and perfect your liner, the wing is probably going to extend longer and longer. If you start small, there is less room to mess up. It is easier to extend your eyeliner longer than it is to make it smaller once it’s tattooed on your face. If you are new to winged liner, take baby steps to the perfect winged liner (one brush stroke at a time).

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Hopefully these tips will help you achieve the cat eye or winged liner looks of your dreams! Try wearing winged eyeliner every day for a week. The more frequently I practice doing my winged eyeliner, the better I get at it!

How to Tightline and Line Your Waterline

How to Tightline and Line Your Waterline

The key to the smokey eye, 90s grunge looks, and lived-in liner all boil down to one thing: lining your waterline and upper lash line. But until just a month ago, the thought of putting eyeliner on my waterline struck fear into my heart. My […]