How To Make Your Eyes Stand Out for Under $10

by R. Carnavale | January 2nd, 2015 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

pretty eyes (400x400)Your eyes are the window to your soul, so accentuate their natural shape and instant drama and definition with the right eyeliner and mascara. Even if you don’t get enough sleep, a little eyeliner will help make your eyes look like you’ve slept for eight hours and if you want a finished look, mascara is the number one beauty product to deliver that effect when it comes to your eyes. Your eyeliner possibilities are endless: You can line your eyes with kajal or kohl pencils, line just above your lashes or inside the rim of your eyes or apply a thick or thin line, depending upon what works best for you.

If you want to create the straightest line possible when you apply eyeliner, hold the pencil or want at an angle (not straight on) and then drag it across your lid and apply the liner right up against your lash line. If you want to make your eyes appear smaller, apply a black eyeliner pencil like Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner to your eye’s inner rim. The eyeliner product sells for $3.97 online.

If you want to make your eyes look more open, line your inner rim in a nude or white color. Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencil in 01 Winter White is a two-in-one color-rich pencil that can be used as shadow or liner and it provides 12 hours of coverage and it costs just $5.97 online.

If your eyeliner tends to smudge, oily eyelids may be the culprit, in which case you should apply a light-colored eye shadow to your eyelids to create a dry surface to then apply your eyeliner. You can also purchase a smudge proof eyeliner product such as N.Y.C. New York Color Liquid Eyeliner, which provides a deep, strong color in a fast drying, smudge-proof formula. The product retails for just $1.99 online.

If you want a waterproof eyeliner, the e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen offers smudge-free, budge-free precision because the smooth pen applicator easily glides on color for very fine to bold lines. The product costs $1.99 online.

When it comes to mascara, you have basically two choices: waterproof and regular. Waterproof mascara should be used only on very special occasions because it tends to dry the skin that surrounds your eyes, which will speed up the aging process. CoverGirl’s Professional Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara, Black Brown 210, which sells for $6.35 online is virtually smudge-proof, and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Also, depending on its formulation, the mascara you choose will either define your lashes while others will make them look softer.

When you apply mascara, be sure to pick a formula that doesn’t clump and choose a natural-looking product. Then comb the mascara onto your lashes and wiggle the wand up and down and side to side for 30 seconds to reach and define each and every lash. If you pump the wand to get more mascara on the wand, you will push air into the tube, which will cause your mascara product to dry out.

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