I have to admit: I hadn’t had this much eyeliner on since high school. But unlike back in high school, this smoked-out eye looks so natural and beautiful, not harsh. Throw out any preconceived notions you might have that lining your entire eye will close it up and make your peepers appear smaller. Actually, when lined and smudged properly, eyes not only look bigger, they have substantially more depth. And let’s not even get into the glow on my skin!
It’s time for the holidays and I’m feeling particularly inspired by Lupita Nyong’o’s eye look. It’s easy to go cheesy come the end of the year with green and red overload; going with a deep lip and a soft metallic eye is the perfect way to circumvent that while still rocking a festive look.
If I had an eyeliner personality type, it would be called “roll out of bed and smear a gray line on my upper lids as evenly and thinly as possible.
Do you remember the first experience you had with eyeliner? I do! It was an encounter with a drug store liner stolen from my 7th grade bestie’s older sister’s make up drawer. We drew raccoon-like circles around our eyes and thought ourselves the most glamorous girls alive.,,
I’ve been using Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner ($24) for years. The black-as-can-be formula always stays put throughout the day, even out in the Texas heat. I like to layer my liner, and this is the first layer. The gel glides on, making for an easy application that will define eyes without pulling at the delicate skin and rubbing off lashes.
Who isn’t a sucker for a good value? Usually the best value sets pop up around Christmas, but LORAC has just launched a few new ones including Close Up: Real Life to Red Carpet Eye Tutorial – a $111 value that retails for just $39.
I have an elaborate 13-step beauty routine, and while I consider all 13 of those products as personal essentials, a few stuck out from the pack as the top five of the year. So without further ado, here are the best beauty products of 2013 – the ones that I just couldn’t live without. What were yours?