While I am a chronic eyeliner addict, I do like to experiment with the ways I wear it and formulas I wear. Recently I have been wearing my lower eyeliner only part of the way across my eye rather than entirely around the eye and have been asked how to get a subtle finish on this, rather than looking like a bad clown!
|End result - using Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette|
|Applying L'Oreal Gelmatic liner in taupe grey half way|
along lash line
There are three items I suggest you can use to blend out eyeliner (decreasing in price as we go down) - note I tend to blend out using a similarly toned eyeshadow to increase staying power:
1 - Pencil brush / smoky liner brush: I've used ELF's precision brush (under £4) for a long time, before recently upgrading to Zoeva's luxe pencil and smoky liner brushes (available on love makeup). I prefer a brush to blend but if you're just starting out then you can easily make do with the cotton buds or even a lip brush* for this part.
|Here I'm blending out with Zoeva's Luxe Pencil brush|
3 - Cotton bud / Q-tip: self-explanatory and freely available…well, almost free! I'd suggest this is where you start. Not to be too brand-y about it, I have never really gotten on with any of these other than the good old fashioned Johnson & Johnson baby cotton buds. None of the own brands seem to have the same "fatness" of cotton.
|(Top to bottom) Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush / Smoky Liner Brush|
ELF Small Precision Brush / No7 Amazing Eyes eyeliner & smudged
Johnson & Johnson cotton buds
xx Josephine xx
* Note: if using a lip brush make sure you've cleansed thoroughly or only use for eyes before using…hygiene and cleanliness next to godliness after all!