Maybelline vs. Stila Liquid Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: Around $22

This Stila eyeliner is by far one of the brand’s most popular items, and it’s also one of my most re-purchased high-end makeup products. The application of this eyeliner couldn’t be smoother; it effortlessly glides across your skin with zero pulling or smudging, all while leaving behind an incredibly pigmented black line that can easily be built up or kept razor thin, depending on your preferences.

This product really does last all day, and it’s the perfect thing to use when you want to add a bolder touch to transition your look from day to evening (especially since it won’t budge, even during your wildest nights).

And in this corner: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

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Image Credit: Amazon

Price: Around $5-7

I was blown away with this product the first time I used it. Out of all the drugstore liquid liners I’ve tried, this Maybelline liner is by far the absolute best one I’ve ever owned. When compared to other similarly-priced liners, the pigmentation and lasting power is unreal, plus the application is really smooth due to the brush design.

Unlike other drugstore liners, which I’ve noticed feature brushes that are more like a fine point marker, the bush on this Maybelline liner is like a paint brush. This means it’s much more flexible, and allows you to create more precise and effortless lines and wings.

The Champion: It’s a tie!

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These two eyeliners are honestly so similar that it’s nearly impossible to pick which one is better. I wore each liner on a different eye the other day, and the only difference I noticed between the two was that the Maybelline liner gave me a raccoon eye after I took a shower, while the Stila liner only faded slightly afterwards.

So, if waterproof eyeliner is really a make-or-break quality in your decision, and you’re willing to spend a little extra money on your makeup, then you might want to consider purchasing the Stila liner. However, if you aren’t a mermaid, then the budget-friendly Maybelline liner should work just fine.

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How To Blend Eye Shadow

Mastering well blended eye shadow seems to be up there with mastering liquid liner for many of you, well those who contact me through social media at least. To get a nice blend does require a little practice as well as a few techniques, and very importantly, the right brushes!

*I would first advise doing your eye makeup before your foundation, this will allow for any fall out from blending eye shadows to be cleaned away easily without you having to re-do your base!

*Next, remember that powder eye shadows will blend much easier over a smooth, dry base. This is achieved by applying a powder base to the lids before applying the colour shadow.
Translucent face powder or a nude coloured eye shadow will work best.
If you want to apply a cream eye shadow or tacky base of some sort first, for the shadow to adhere to (to make it more vibrant or intense), then just apply your base powder down from the brow to where the cream base ends. This will allow you to still have a smooth blend above your crease line.

*Spend as long as you need when blending the eye shadow. Adding a little shadow at a time and blending as you go will make life much easier on yourself. And so as to not compromise the colour intensity of your shadow, only blend around the edges of the shadow shape that you are trying to achieve!

*Having a blending or crease brush is extremely important when working on a seamless blend. A dense & fluffy, dome shaped brush will work best for this. Check out my video & post on my favorite blending brushes HERE
One more thing to remember when it comes to brushes, it that natural haired bristles will blend powder products much better than synthetic fiber brushes.

*The best example of a perfect blended eye shadow is the “Smokey Eye”. Most people seem to think that this means a black or gray coloured eye but it just means any eye shadow colour that is applied to the lids and blended out to almost nothing, as if faded into your skin.

Anyhow, out with your brushes, whatever colours you like, and remember to BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND!!

How To Apply Cat Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner Eye Makeup

While Angelina Jolie is well known for her famous for her style, fashion sense and bold cat eye makeup, you can have the same look using inexpensive cosmetics from drugstore brands like Cover Girl and Loreal. The cat eye makeup look has been around for hundreds of years, with Angelina Jolie obviously not being the first to rock this look. In fact, Cleopatra was well known for her cat eye makeup and was likely the first documented female who sported this fun and sexy eye makeup trend.

Beauty and Makeup Tools You Will Need for the Cat Eye Look

  • Liquid (harder to do) or Pencil (easier to do) Eyeliner
  • Magnifying Mirror
  • Eye Primer
  • Eye lash Curler
  • Mascara
  • False Eyelashes (optional)
  • A Steady Hand!

How to Apply Liner & Mascara for the Cat Eye Vintage Look

  1. Decide the type of eyeliner you want to use.Cat eye makeup starts with a major choice. You must decide if you want to take on this task of trying to apply cat eye makeup liner with a liquid liner or a pencil liner. If you’re new to applying liner, pencil liner is much more forgiving. But, liquid can give you bolder results. To figure out which works best for you, it’s a great idea to try out both. You can also find liquid pen liner which is kind of the best of both worlds offering easy application and bold color! When choosing the liquid pen, be sure you find the shortest pen tip available because it will give you the most control possible. You can choose any dark color but black is obviously the most common choice for this task.
  2. Prime Your Eyelid for Makeup Application.Before you start with the liner however, you must prime your eyelid area. Most people choose not to use bold shadow when they are doing cat eye makeup. So, go for a neutral highlighting shadow and sweep it over your entire eyelid before you start with the eyeliner. A shimmery shadow can help you get the sexy look you’re looking for.
  3. Use a magnifing mirror to make eyeliner application easier.After you gather your eyeliner, simply set up a hands-free mirror. If you have a magnified mirror, you’ll have better vision throughout the process. After all, when you apply liner you’ll want to be able to clearly see what you’re doing!
  4. Start drawing a line with eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible.Starting with the inner corner of the eye, touch the pen lightly to the lashline and drag it toward the outer corner of the eye. The main point here is to draw the line as close to the lash line as you possibly can. A thin line to start is fine. You can always go back and fatten it up to get better results and shape.
  5. As you get to the end of your lash line, you can slightly turn the line upward toward your temple.The length of the shade line is up to you but you can always shorten it if you overdo it by dipping a Q-tip in makeup remover and erasing the edge of the line. The placement of the winged tip is more crucial to the beauty results than the length.
  6. Curl lashes or apply false lashes, then follow up with mascara.After you have the eyeliner perfectly applied, it’s time to work on your lashes. For the most dramatic look, false eyelashes are a great option. However, you can learn to do use your own lashes for this as well. If you don’t want to try false lashes, simply start by using an eyelash curler on your lashes. Hold it in place for ten seconds and then immediately apply bold black mascara to the lashes. Allow them to dry and do the same for the other eye. Then add another coat of bold black mascara to finish them off.

Shape your Eyebrows Like a Professional

Locate Your Starting Points

Flip your tweezer (try Tweezerman Slant tweezer, $20, tweezerman.com) upside down so the open end is pointing downward, and place it vertically alongside the outer edge of the bottom of your nose. The point where the vertex lands marks the beginning of your brow (which should also be about one inch above the inner corner of your eye). Using an eye pencil, draw a vertical line to demarcate the start of each brow, then check that the space above the bridge of your nose is centered between them. Remove the strays that fall in between.

1. Brush your brows upward, then use brow scissors to snip just the very ends of any long hairs and repeat brushing downward, says eyebrow pro Lashundra. Trimming the hair before tweezing will reveal the brow shape and remove the weight and bulk so that you can create an ideal shape.

2. Begin by holding a pencil parallel to the side of the bridge of your nose. The inner edge of your brows should start here. To determine the highest point of your arch, place the pencil parallel to the outside corner of your iris. Angling the pencil diagonally from your nostril to the outside corner of your eye will tell you where your brow should end. Another foolproof way to locate your arch: “Look at your face straight on in the mirror and find the highest point of your brow. Tweeze directly below it for a perfectly placed arch,” says Shun.

3. Mark the spots you just mapped out with a brow pencil, then begin tweezing or waxing accordingly. Remove no more than two rows of hair to maintain a natural effect. You may also need to remove just a few hairs from the top of the outer edges to create a subtle downward slope. If you have thick brows and want a more dramatic arch, remove an additional row from under the peak of the brow to create a more pronounced arch and to keep it from appearing straight and flat.

The shape of your eyebrows might be communicating a false message about what you’re feeling. In a study, researchers digitally altered a photo of a woman’s face to create different eyebrow shapes.

Even subtle variations in the brows had a significant effect on how the woman’s mood was perceived. Here is how you can pluck the perfect eye-brows:

There are three different kinds of eye sets: normal, close and wide set. Eye set is recognized by measuring your eye from the inner to outer corner.

If your eye measurement is the same as the distance between your eyes that means you have normal set eyes and your brows should start in the inner eye.

If distance is more, then you have wide set eyes and they should start from further in.

If the distance is less, then you have close set eyes and your brows should start a little past the inner eye.

Angle the straight edge so that it lines up with the outermost edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your iris. You should look straight ahead — both your face and your eyes should be looking directly forward at the mirror. Wherever the line intersects your eyebrow is where the peak of your arch should begin.

Angle the straight edge further so that it touches the outermost edge of your nose and also passes along the outermost edge of your eye.

Use an eye pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow; it should be above any stray hairs and it should follow the natural shape of your brow’s top line, which may be angled, slightly curved, or even straight. Pluck the strays below the line. Your eyebrow should be between ¼ and ½ inches at their thickest.

The arch should peak above the outer rim of your iris and lie right on your eyebrow bone: Mark the point with your eye pencil and then remove hair along the bottom, from your inner brow point to the peak point, says http://www.facesbyshun.com After the peak, shape the tail. Make it slightly thinner than the main part of your brow, tapering at the end.