Bobbi Brown's Eyeliner Tips

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A dense brown eyeshadow makes for a perfect liner.

Understanding and mastering eyeliner is a skill well worth learning. It’s the ultimate tool in making your eyes stand out. And don’t be afraid of it even if you are someone that likes a very hardly there look — just lining your top lash line (depending on your eye shape) can really make your eyes pop.

I’m a simple eyeliner kind of girl and I pretty much stick to deep browns and blacks. In terms of formula, I suggest learning how to use a single, dense brown eyeshadow as liner. I love it because it can also be used for so many things: a shadow, for filling in brows or your hairline and even on the lips (though I don’t recommend that for everyday). It’s one of my makeup kit essentials.

Here is my basic shadow liner how-to:

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  1. Start at the outside of your eye on the upper lash line. Follow the base of the lashes working your way towards your nose.

  2. When you finish, close the eye you’re working on and fill in any spots where your lid shows through.

  3. If you want a more pronounced line, go back over your line with more shadow or layer on a thick black line (using a gel liner) on top of the brown shadow.

  4. If you want to keep the line soft, use your finger or a brush to smudge it.

  5. When you’re happy with how it looks on top, decide if you want to create a line or a smudge with shadow along the lower lash line. This is all about your personal style and how strong you want the look. A smuged will keep the look soft, which works for day or night. A line will give you stronger definition and really make the eyes pop.
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