So.. i've been thinking for a while. What is the best way to apply eyeliner to make it appear as if i have eyelashes? I'd rather not use fake eyelashes, there too uncomfortable, and complicated for me. I need some help. I'm not the type to wear alot of make up or stuff like that, but i would just like to experiment a little, and get some ideas. Part of it is that without eyelashes my eyes look very small. (my sister's call me little eyes) lol. Well.... if i could get any ideas it would help alot. :)
I use deep smoky gray or deep blue-gray shadow 1/16" thickness line with a spongy-end applicator and extend it a bit outward, plus on the bottom lid thinly about 1/32" thick line. One make-up place showed me how to put some medium gray or brown at the outer eye corner of the lid and blend it upward into that curve of the darker tone in the crease. Go to the M.N. company and have them show you how they apply your eye make-up. I watched them when made up for my sister's wedding years ago, and remembered all their tricks. They may have more I don't know.
Get it as close to your lash line as possible and kind of smudge it. Believe me, most of the time people don't notice that you don't have eyelashes until they get right up on you!
I like using a soft or liquid liner. Pencils hurt! The brand I use is called Malani ( i think thats how you spell it) available at CVS. Dont forget your bottom lashline too. No one notice your lack of lashes. Good luck!
I have a technique which might sound odd but I like it and people seem to think I have lashes. I draw on the liner (penciL) close to lash line. And then, I take my Maybelline mascara wand (the pink with green cap) and hold brush horizontal and dab the mascara across the bottom liner line. So, I get faint dots of mascara on the liner. It's very subtle but it looks like I have short lashes. Sounds weird but make-up artists have stood right in front of my nose and said they could not tell I didn't have lashes.
I use Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners (very, very long wearing and smudge-proof) and apply to lashline on upper and bottom lids but, most importantly, to the inner lid (also known as the waterline) on the top. It gets rid of that pink flesh contrast of a hairless upper lid against your eye. I only do the upper inner lid. Doing the bottom one closes the eye up and makes it look smaller. It's a little fiddly to do, but much easier with one of those tiny 10X magnifying tweezer mirrors you can buy.
Most days, I just use the same stuff that I use to create eyebrows in the dark shade of brown. I often use a flat-edged eyeliner brush (the kind used with gel liners), but often I use the angled eyebrow brush. I get as close to the lash line as i can and sort of "dot" it on. You don't want a solid line. Smudgy dots are the best for creating the illusion of lashes. i do both the top and the bottom. Since having some trouble with rosacea and infection in my eyes, I no longer do the inner lash line. It does look better, but I value my eyesight too much to compromise it.
Yes, Lori - I've had the same issues with the inner lid liner - my eyes sting and sometimes have become infected. I like your idea of using a brush.
I'm updating this post.... I just tried a different gel eyeliner than I previously used with an angled brush....and I love it! Best of all, it's inexpensive and available at drug stores. It's from the "Jane" line of cosmetics.