This is a quickie for the Back to Basics series. I wanted to offer up an illustration of the difference that eyeliner placement makes. The left hand side of the photo above uses a dark eyeliner inside the waterline (lower lashline). Dark colours make things recede. Therefore, when used inside the waterline, dark liner has the effect of “closing off” the eye, or making them appear smaller. Why would I want to make my eyes look smaller? If you have very large eyes, this could be a useful technique for you. Using dark colour on your water line also has the effect of making the eyes look sultry and mysterious. The dark line essentially draws more attention to the brighter whites and coloured iris. However, if you already have very small eyes or heavily hooded eyes, using lots of dark eyeliner in your waterline only serves to further obscure your eyes. Stick to tightlining your eyes to bring definition along the lashline, and run a soft line of dark shadow beneath your lower lashes.
The right hand side of the photo above “opens up” the eye by using a colour that is similar to the whites of our eyes. By using a light coloured liner in the waterline, it basically extends the whites of the eyes making them appear larger (great for small eyes). While you can stop there, a light coloured liner in the waterline does not give you any definition along the lower lashline. To achieve this, you can run an eyeliner (or dark/coloured eye shadow) underneath the lower lashes.
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