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Eye lines: the good, the bad and the ugly

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There are two kinds of lines you can have around your eyes. The dark, colorful rims you skillfully draw on with a liner pencil to enhance your eye shape and color (good lines). Or those uninvited wrinkles and crinkles that appear over time and make you look older (bad lines).

Here are some great tips that I have learned from skilled estheticians and makeup artists on lining eyes to perfection and keeping them unlined.

Creating the Good Lines

  • Never line inside the lower rim. . . it makes your eyes look smaller.
  • Only 80s rock stars want over-exaggerated, raccoon-smudged eyes. Use waterproof eye liner pencils to avoid this dated look.
  • Keep the color real. I am personally a fan of forest green shades, but if you want a more natural look, match the color of your eye liner to your brown or black eyelashes. And keep the line thin!
  • Using a small, angled brush, trace over your eye liner pencil with a matching shade of eye shadow. This will give your eyes a soft, dreamy look (and who doesn’t want that!).

Keeping Away the Bad Lines

  • At night, wear a repairing eye cream like Sleepwear for Eyes patted gently on just-cleansed skin. (No sleeping with the day’s eye makeup on). Use an eye area exfoliant beforehand so your anti-aging products can work more effectively (if you want to know more about the benefits of eye exfoliation, here are 5 reasons to start now!)
  • Wear large sunglasses (UV filtered glass) during the day whenever you are outside. This will not only protect delicate eye area skin, it will keep you from squinting, which encourages dreaded “crowsfeet.”
  • If your esthetician offers a special eye area treatment, say “yes.”
  • You want to line the unlined – not the lined! Sounds confusing, but you know what I mean.

Got any eye area skin care or makeup tips? Share them with us now by clicking on comments or on our Bioelements professional skin care Facebook page.

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

Comments (4)

Hans says:
Sep 22, 2010

being a man – I’ll forgo the eye shadow tips. But I’m not afraid to say I’m a faithful Tinted Under Eye and Lid Smoother user. I don’t leave the house without it. To quote your last blog – “Whatever works!”

Courtney says:
Sep 23, 2010

Great tips Barbara! I also swear by Tinted Undereye and Lid Smoother; I put it on every morning after Multi-Task Eye Creme.

Shawna says:
Sep 23, 2010

Try not to smile with your eyes! All that constant movement will create wrinkles. I also remember to remove my eye makeup at night with a gentle remover (Bioelements of course) and I’m careful not to tug at my eyes – ever. This means not rubbing my eyes when I’m tired either. So far – so good. The bad/ugly lines are quite minimal.

Tami says:
May 18, 2012

Instant Emollient is by far the best eye treatment for sensitive skin. I use it every night. The first morning after I used it I saw significant results. My wrinkles disappeared. And it’s still great for your lips!

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