Many women worry that eyeliner makeup can make eyes look smaller or accentuate wrinkles, or crepey eyelids.
Well, before you give up, try some of these gel and pencil eyeliner tips that can make your eyes look bigger, brighter and more lively.
We'll show you eyeliner makeup tips that can enhance mature eyes and make eyes look whiter, brighter, and lively again.
I love wearing eyeliner! But if you’re over 40 it can be tricky. And there are hundreds of makeup artists who tell you the wrong and right way to apply it.
However, I don't like to follow someone else's rules. I do what works best for me. If you agree, then try some of these tips...
Many blogs or YouTube videos seem to have the same eyeliner makeup tips for mature eyes; don't wear dark eyeliner, don't wear too much eyeliner, or skip it all together.
Yes, the rules may have changed for those of us women over 50 or 60, but that doesn't mean we can't wear eyeliner at all.
After playing around with different techniques, here are some eyeliner application styles that work well for me. And, more important, they don't make my eyes look smaller!
We're told it's wrong to wear black or dark eyeliner if we're over 40 or 50. Experts say it's too harsh, may accentuate lines and dark circles and make eyes seem small.
I wear a bit of black eyeliner, but I put it inside the upper eyelid rim, between the lashes, and sometimes right along the lash line. I don't draw the liner all the way across my eye, just darken the outer corners.
Experts will tell you never apply dark liner to lower lids. It will exaggerate wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and even make your eyes look smaller.
I apply a small amount of black liner to the outer 1/3 of the inner lower lid. But, again, the trick is to never draw the line all the way into the inner corners of the eyes.
What if every eyeliner you've tried accentuated wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes? Try a thin eyeliner!
Then stop using a pencil or crayon and try a gel eyeliner makeup in a brighter color. Better yet, try a creamy-gel eyeliner like the one I'm using in the picture below.
This natural looking eyeliner tip is perfect if you have a lot of wrinkles or crepey skin around your eyes, because it's waterproof and smear-proof.
And, it won't migrate and settle into the crinkles and lines around the eyes.
Note: It doesn't dry immediately, so you have a few seconds to fix any mistakes easily. That's important for many women (like me) who have a hard time using liquid or gel liners. I can never seem to draw on a nice smooth line!
The eyeliner gel I'm wearing in the picture above can be used as eyeshadow, as well as eyeliner.
It's called the Any Wear Cream because you can use it anywhere you want a pop of color, highlight, sheen, or shimmer.
For example, it can be used as a:
Here, the owner of Mommy Makeup, Debra shows how to apply colored eyeliner and how to use it as an eyeshadow, lip color, and cheek color/highlighter.
What's nice about this color is that it accentuates the eyes without having to use dark eyeliner and brings a lift to the upper eye area! It's also a great eyeliner color for blondes.
How to apply green eyeliner for brighter eyes
What makes your eyes look brighter and less tired? Choosing the right eyeliner color can make all the difference in the world, regardless of your eye color.
There are certain shades of green eyeliner (like hunter green) that can really make the whites of your eyes pop!
Another eyeliner makeup trick for mature eyes that really works to brighten and open them up is applying a bit creamy white eyeliner inside or along the rim of the lower eyelids.
There are many ways to apply white eyeliner. Here is what I like to do...
Run a creamy white eyeliner pencil to the inner corners of your eyes only. You can apply inside the lower eyelid or right under the eyelash line.
Note: Apply white eyeliner to only the inside 1/3 of the eyelid. Don't draw the eyeliner all the way out to the outside corners of the eye. I find it makes me look too washed out or tired.
Originally, I was using a cheap drugstore brand, wooded pencil eyeliner, but it was too white, it didn't last long, and irritated my eyes.
So I switched to Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. It'll last all day and works very well on the waterline.
To get the best look for your eyes, you really need to play around and experiment with different types of eyeliner makeup to see what works for you. And don't forget to give waterproof gel eyeliners a try. Many women find them much easier to use than liquid eyeliners.
Hopefully at the end of the day you’ll find the best combination of eyeliner makeup tips that'll make your eyes just pop!
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