A lot of women are doing it… apparently even Princess Kate does. While I have always assumed there might be something a little risky about it, lately I have been experimenting with it too and I have to say, it’s kind of fun to mix things up a little. What am I talking about? Lining your waterline, that’s what. So what’s a waterline? Well, your waterline is found directly below your upper eye lashes and directly above your lower lashes. It is the bit of skin right around your eyeball and putting eyeliner there can create some dazzling eye looks.
I know the thought of poking an eyeliner pretty much right in your eye seems like some sort of torture method. At least that is the way I had always seen it. Plus, as a contact lens wearer, I didn’t think it was a very good idea to have makeup so close to my eye. Lately though, I have seen all kinds of women wearing eyeliner on their waterlines and I became intrigued. I starting looking into whether or not it was okay to do this so close to your eyes and, when I discovered that it was, I started playing around with it a bit.
It turns out that lining so close to the eye can help create a number of different effects (and it’s actually far less agonizing than it looks). Depending on the color of liner you use and where you place it, you can create the appearance of thicker lashes, wider eyes, brighter eyes and more defined eyes. Sign me up!
On Oprah.com, makeup artist Lauren Luke explains that lining your upper waterline helps to give lashes a thicker look. She suggests pressing back your top lashes and then gently lining the top waterline with a very creamy pencil liner, working from the outside in. After you put on your mascara, the liner will help give the illusion of a full lash line.
To make your eyes look bigger, you can experiment with lining your lower waterline in either a white or nude pencil. This gives the illusion that your eyes are bigger than they actually are. It can also make you look more awake as it hides some of the redness tired eyes tend to have around them.
If you want your eyes to really stand out then you can line your waterline (either top and bottom or just the bottom) in a dark shade. This plays up the contrast between the white of your eyes and the dark outer rim and makes eyes pop.
Just remember, this area is delicate and often wet. You will need to use a product that glides on and stays put. Look for a water resistant cream liner or gel liner like Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.