When I was a teenager the most important part of my makeup routine was black eyeliner on my inner rim. The blacker the better. Why? I have no idea. It just was. I mean looking back I guess I get where I was coming from. I got in the habit of wearing it, and then when I was without it I felt like my eyes just disappeared because that darkness was gone. The problem was not to fact that I was lining my waterline in black, but that often it was the only makeup I would put on my eyes. Aside from mascara, I always wore mascara. Little did I know, I was doing NOTHING to enhance the shape of my eyes. I was young, and I just didn’t get it yet.
I know a lot of ladies young and old struggle with this as well, I see it all the time. So here are a few tips on how to wear black eyeliner on your inner rim.
This is essentially what I was doing back then, sometimes with a bright lid color if I was feelin’ fancy.
There is nothing inherently wrong with a nice dark waterline, in fact it can be really flattering as long as you apply it well. But there are a few problems with how I have applied it in the photo above. First problem is that I have applied it ONLY to the lower waterline/inner rim (whatever you want to call it)
Because the dark line ends abruptly on the inside of the eye, you are basically shortening the shape of your eyes, closing them off and making them look smaller. Not ideal.
The other problem that this causes is that it gives the bottom of the eye a heavier appearance, and visually drags it down. Generally speaking droopy and downward aren’t adjectives you want to describe your makeup look, so that’s no ideal either.
Last problem is that it is applied harshly and not blended at all. Which CAN be totally fine if you are doing a very precise dramatic cat eye or something along those lines, but for day to day purposes, applying it this way just appears a little harsh.
Luckily there are a few easy tweaks that can drastically improve your dark waterline look. Which is good news if you are like the teenage version of myself and CAN NOT live without it.
First thing that you can do to improve the look is add some liner to the top lash line and tight line. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, you can even use a lot less than I have in the photo and just place it between your lashes to add some definition. The added definition will help to balance out the dark on the bottom and stop it from having that dragged down effect. (Adding a nice wing of liquid or gel liner will also work, as would doing a darker smokey shadow look on the lid)
Adding some liner to the top lash line area will also extend that color from the bottom waterline, so you are no longer closing off the shape and making the eye look smaller and shorter. I like to take it one step further and bring my liner a little bit out past the end of my eye to extend and lift it, but that’s just my personal preference.
The next thing you can do to amp up your dark waterline is to blend the edges where your waterline meets your lash line. In the photo I have used a light brown color on a pencil brush to blend mine out, but you can also use that same brush (or whatever small dense brush of your choice) without any product on it and just softly blend the edges of the liner into the lash line. This will give it a softer and less harsh look, and be just a little more flattering.
It’s that simple. I hope these few little tips were helpful for those of you that really love your dark waterlines! I wish someone would have given me tips on how to wear black eyeliner back in the day…I also wish the would have told me not to fill my eyebrows in with a liquid liner, but that is a terrible story for another day. Those were some dark times.