I’ve long admired a fully dressed lower lash line – I’m talking eyeliner, three eyeshadow colors, mascara, the works. It has, however, taken me ages to figure out the secret and a little bit of practice to get it just right.
My first mistake was practicing with neutral colors. No black, brown, or taupe allowed for newbies! If you want to know exactly what you’re doing right/wrong, you need to choose a color that is easy to see.
Easy to see like…NARS Jolie Poupée Eyeshadow Duo. With it’s cool pastel and vibrant red-based purples, Jolie Poupée offers buttery blendable contrasting colors.
When I do something bold on my eyes, I start by filling in my eyebrows because filled (more dramatic) brows make everything under them appear less dramatic. Then I go in with the usual…eyeshadow primer, a natural crease color to ease blending, and a darker shade at the outer ‘v’ to add depth. To make this look darker, I pulled out my NARSissist palette to pat and buff Pandora II onto my mobile lid before adding Jolie Poupée.
Being a newb at creating the ultimate lower lash line, I decided to mimic the upper lid and run a pencil brush with Pandora II close to my lower lashes. Then I took the tip of a small flat eyeshadow brush and swept Jolie Poupée II back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, again, and again, and again (yes, really, that much). And because I used Jolie Poupée I in the center of my upper lid, I did the same underneath. Less blending, more patting.
And the icing on this beautifully purple cake… With a small flat eyeshadow brush, I went back with Jolie Poupée II and used small outward strokes to extend the color all the way around my eye, connecting it to the colors on my upper lid.
It turns out I can smoke out color under my lower lashes! And now that I have the hang of it, I need to get working on black, brown, and taupe to learn how to blend without it looking like I’m turning zombie (when I accomplish this, you’ll be the first to know).
What application technique have you been working on lately? Do you have a favorite brush for loving that lower lashline?