Eyeliner application is one of those beauty things that can feel like a major beauty challenge. It sure was for me, when I first started wearing makeup! For that very reason, I created a handy list of 4 beauty hacks for perfect eyeliner application that will surely make the job a whole lot easier.
Believe it or not, there was a time I shuddered in fear when I tried to apply liquid liner. And pencil liner. And gel liner. There’s a learning curve for everyone, but the good news is that it’s not all gloom and doom in store for eyeliner newbies. With practice and time you’ll be drawing on cat’s eyes with complete confidence in no time.
Eyeliner Hack #1 – Trace Along The Dotted Lines
This is the beauty tip I used the most when I was first learning about eyeliner, and it’s great if you don’t feel like you have the most steady hand.
Use a soft kohl pencil to draw little dashes along your lash line and slowly connect them.
This is a really great technique especially for those outer corners, which can be quite a challenge to master!
Eyeliner Hack #2 – Smooth Things Over With An Angled Brush
An angled brush – the kind you’d use to fill in your brows – is a must have when it comes to smoothing out pencil liner application. Even to this day I need the help of an angled brush to blend my liner properly and make sure everything is looking just right.
Eyeliner Hack #3 – Create A Liquid Liner Stencil With Pencil
It took me years upon years to feel fully comfortable applying liquid liner straight from the bottle to my lids.
Today it’s become second nature, but for a long time I relied upon this beauty tip, which is to first line my eyes with a more forgiving kohl pencil, and then add liquid liner right on top.
Besides creating a perfect eyeshadow application guide, a piece of tape placed at the outer corner of your eyes makes a great guide for your liquid liner.
Make a mistake? It’s easy to just peel away the problem.
I clean up the area with a small brush and translucent powder, and voila! Perfectly sharp liquid liner.
When it comes to my preferred eyeliners, my personal favorites are soft kohls and For pencil liners and gel pencils. On a bargain budget, I wholeheartedly recommend Rimmel’s Soft Kohls and Scandaleyes Kohl Liners, and for higher end I love Urban Decay 24/7 Kohl Liners and Smashbox Always Sharp. As far as liquid liners go, you really cannot beat MAC Boot Black, but e.l.f. has a $1 version that’s pretty great, as well. I don’t tend to use a lot of gel liners in a pot, which is a total personal preference.
What are your favorite eyeliners? Do you have any eyeliner application tips to share?
The lip colors from the Pur Minerals Chateau Collection that I reviewed earlier today really are something special. I’m in love with Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick in Shopaholic and think it’s the perfect light pink for any occasion!
More pics and details on what I used for this look after the jump!
A little bit of wine extract is all it takes for the Pur Minerals Chateau collection to leave your with shimmery, smooth, and plump lips and glowy cheeks.
I recently had the chance to review a few items from Pur Minerals that use two vital ingredients harvested from wine extract: Resveratrox and Vitisin. Resveratrox works to renew your skin’s cells and Vitisin combats UV damage and improves hyperpigmentation.
Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush ($18) in Flirt gives my cheeks a lovely, long-wearing glow. Just a touch is all you need and I do find that this wears for about 3 hours or so. This is available in 2 shades.
Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick ($18) is available in 10 shades and is one of the smoothest, glossiest lip colors I’ve ever used. I’m slightly obsessed with Shopaholic, which is such a pretty light pink color that smooths and soothes.
Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss ($18) in Glitzy and Exposed are two of the 8 colors available in this lovely shimmery gloss. While I don’t find them to be entirely plumping, these are defintely gorgeous glosses that are light weight and not sticky at all.
My Final Thoughts: Chock full of good-for-you ingredients, the products in the Pur Minerals Chateau line are simply lovely. I’m really impressed with the products in this collection and have to say Shopaholic just might be my current favorite lipstick.
No, I really can’t get enough of the bargain beauty indie brand ColourPop these days, and so I had to indulge in ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze, which I’ve heard nothing but great things about from everyone who owns it.
Amaze reminds me of a souped up version of MAC’s Woodwinked. Shimmery rose gold goodness, but oh, so much better.
Baby, I’m amazed by the way you shine so bright. When worn out in public, be prepared to field tons of compliments on your eyeshadow. It’s an eye catcher, for sure!
Amaze reminds me a bit of ColourPop’s So Quiche, but I’d say Amaze is a bit lighter, gold instead of bronze, and is missing the fuchsia reflect glitter.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re contemplating a ColourPop order, you HAVE to have Amaze in your collection. This is an universally flattering eyeshadow that’s pairs well with a wide variety of other eyeshadow colors.
Last month, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek colors were released, sending ColourPop fans (such as myself) into a state of pure excitement. There are twenty gorgeous colors in the Super Shock Cheek collection, and today I have two to share with you: Pie and Swift.
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek are a bit larger than the Super Shock Shadows and that is reflected in the price of $8, a bit higher than the $5 for the shadows. The blush colors have a similar bouncy texture as the shadows, but they seem a little more creamy.
The concept behind the blush and the eyeshadows is the same – while you can use a synthetic brush to apply the color, you get the most impact with the use of your fingers. The colors are so incredibly pigmented, a little bit goes a long way and you just need a dab. You have a few seconds to blend out the blush before it sets, and when it does set, you’ll find the blush to last all the live long day. Seriously, these cream blushes offer incredible staying power.
Pie is a neon pink with a matte finish. I chose this color because I find that bright colors, applied with a light hand, lend a natural looking flush.
Swift is a warm, deep brown matte. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring, which is exactly why I had to have this shade.
Together they’re a gorgeous combination. I layered a bit of Swift under my cheekbone as a contour, and then blended some Pie on top.
My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Cosmetics did cream blush RIGHT! I’m really impressed with how easily the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek colors I tested blend and last. With twenty shades to choose from, you know I’ll be back for more.
Cutex Twister With SPA Formula is one powerful and unique jar of nail polish remover and pretty much one of the coolest beauty contraptions I’ve used in recent times.
A brand new product in the trusted Cutex nail care line up, Twister is the solution to all the glitter nail polish that ever drove you crazy when it came time to remove. We have all been there. Tears may have been involved, as well as a resolution to never ever, ever buy another bottle of glitter nail polish. Like, ever!
As I’ve experienced, the Cutex SPA Formula Nail Polish Remover is a powerful agent to easily get rid of glitter. The Twister contains the SPA Formula, along with a sponge designed to eliminate cotton pads, and a bristle brush that will have glitter and other nail polishes off your nails in a couple of minutes.
As you’ll see in the short video I put together, I found that the most effective way to remove the glitter polish is to dip your finger in the jar, let it set for a few seconds, and then twist a few times.
What really impressed me about Cutex is that it does work quickly and removes all of the polish you have on your nails, which is no small feat. The polish I was wearing previously needed a lot of elbow grease to remove when I used a regular polish remover with a cotton pad.
Starting this month you’ll be able to find four top-selling Cutex products at Target stores nationwide, including Cutex Twister. In honor of this occasion, one very lucky Painted Ladies reader will win Cutex Twister, along with a prize pack of Cutex nail care products valued at approximately $20. Except for the Regular Polish Remover, I’ve reviewed these products in the past and LOVE each and every single one. Seriously, Cutex rocks it in the nail polish remover category!
Contest ends March 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm, PST and is open to residents of the USA.
My Final Thoughts: I am really impressed with the difficult nail polish remover power contained in the jar of Cutex Twister. It’s definitely going to make my life easier, and I’ll need to pick up a backup jar!
Availability: Check you local Target stores, which will be stocking Twister and other Cutex products in March 2015.
I do believe you are one of the most gorgeous hot pink and glossy lipsticks I’ve seen in a quick minute.
I’m slowly but surely building up my ColourPop Cosmetics collection, and the Lippie Stix I purchased in my last order had to be Go Fish, which has a hyper glossy finish. While I call it hot pink, ColourPop describes Go Fish as a vibrant coral red. Either way, it’s pretty perfect.
As with the matte ColourPop Lippie Stix, Go Fish is opaque and long wearing, some of the longest wearing lip colors I’ve ever seen.
There are coordinating Lippie Pencils available, but I find any neutral lip pencil works well. I tend to reach for Milani Anti-Feathering Lipliner, which is clear.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re in need of a bold, glossy hot pink lip color, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish is your best bet!