Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

       
August 1st, 2013 | Contributed by:

Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

Guess what? It’s OK to color outside the lines when it comes to your eye makeup. According to Harper’s Bazaar, this trend is the new cat eye alterative, with models at BCBG, Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin shows rocking it on the runway. Embrace the unkempt yet alluring look yourself by following these simple steps.

First, you’ll need an even canvas to work on. The Virtuale Flawless Foundation by Borghese masks any imperfections that could distract from the eyes, while vitamins and minerals ensure an all-day radiant complexion. Just distribute the product with a sponge or your fingertips in gentle circular movements, starting at the nose and blending outward to the edges of the face.

As with a smoky eye, the key tool is a perfect pencil. The Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil by BABOR stays on all day and night, and even comes with a helpful sponge tip for smudging. Just glide it on from the inner corner of the upper lashline in an outward motion, and follow with the bottom lashes. No need to be ultra-careful as you’ll just be flipping the pencil around and pressing the sponge over the line to soften it for that just-rolled-out-of-bed appearance. OurVanity suggested opting for a hue that complements your eye color for a different take on the trend entirely. BABOR’s Eye Contour Pencil in Night Blue makes brown peepers stand out, while Iris can make green ones pop.

Want a more dramatic effect? Pixi’s Lid & Line is a convenient multi-tasker, with a coordinating eye shadow, liner and smudge sponge in one. The neutral Smoky Mink is softer than black and flattering for all eye colors. Just use the pencil to draw short strokes across the lashline and apply the powder on top of it. Finally, blend the pigment together with the handy smudger.

Finish with a sweep of mascara and you’ve achieved a look that’s every bit as rebellious as it is refined.

       

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