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An expert guide to liquid liner for mature eyes
It’s long been known that attempting a cat eye with liquid liner is not for the faint-hearted. What begins as a vision of an understated and chic look can very quickly turn to pure chaos, full of watering eyes and smudged makeup.
And no matter how many ‘cat eyes for dummies’ tutorials you may watch, if you don’t have the steady hands of a surgeon, the eyesight of a hawk and the plump, springing and forgiving skin of your 17-year-old self, it seems almost impossible to execute this feline makeup look that will give your eyes an instant lift.
But according to Sales and Education Manager of KVD Vegan Beauty, Madison Drabble, there are a few ways to avoid the often unforgiving mistakes of a black liquid liner, particularly when trying it out on a mature eye.
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Try a brown shade
Instead of your classic black liquid liner, Madison recommends a softer brown shade as they can often be “more forgiving” and will add the definition and drama of a liquid liner without being too harsh.
bh recommends: KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Liner in shade Mad Max Brown ($30, available at Sephora)
Make sure your liners brush tip is precise
KVD’s resident celebrity beauty artist, Daniel Chinchilla, believes the key to successful liquid liner application is all in the brush. A small, concise wand creates “easy to make smooth and precise lines exactly where you want them without worrying about lines that are too thick”.
Slow and steady wins the race
When it comes to the application technique, Daniel recommends starting at the outer corner of your eye and creating a line that extends as far as the “end of your eyebrow”. And while we know it’s tempting to try and nail it in just one big swooping motion, lots of little strokes along your lash line to finish it off are the key.
bh recommends: COVERGIRL Get in Line Liquid Eyeliner, Lancôme Artliner
Make sure your liner is waterproof
Daniel recommends a waterproof formula to ensure your liner will “stay put” during application and throughout the course of the day. Waterproof liner will also ensure that any eye folds or potential rubbing won’t mess up your hard work.
For more tips from Daniel, check out his video for KVD beauty, here.
Do you wear liquid liner? Will you try any of these tips?