A Much-Needed Lesson in Eyeliner

How to play up your eyes, makeup artist Sam Fine has super-simple plan.


reader Sonja Francis wanted to play up her eyes, so makeup artist Sam Fine showed her a super-simple plan.

“I want a natural liner look that’ll last throughout the day.”

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Prep eyes with powder


Smooth pressed powder over lids. “It takes away redness and prevents liner from smudging later in the day,” Fine says. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Luminous Matte Pressed Powder ($11.95).

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Draw the line


Close your eye and “pull the skin outward and hold it taut,” Fine advises. Trace along your top lash line with a creamy liner, like Sue Devitt Beauty Eye Intensifier Pencil in Ava ($22).

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Double the color


Use an angled brush to trace over the liner with shadow in a similar color. “This fills in mistakes and sets the liner so it lasts,” Fine notes. Try Maybelline New York Eye Shadow Single in Amethyst ($3.49).

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Define your lower lash line


Using brown shadow (one shade darker than your skin) and the angled brush, trace along your lower lash line. According to Fine, “This adds subtle definition, but doesn’t make eyes look smaller.” Reader Sonja Francis used L’Oréal Paris Wear Infinité Eye Shadow Single in Smooth Latte ($4.25).

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Enhance lashes.


Apply a mascara to top lashes, then use the tip of the wand to do lower lashes (don’t dip again). “Lower lashes should be visible—not clumpy enough to cast shadows,” Fine says. Try Too Faced Lashlight Mascara ($25), which has tiny LED lights to help you see every lash.

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