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Makeup memo video- how to apply eyeliner (VIDEO)

December 28, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments
I think this is my favorite Kristen video so far. It is so deceptively simple. Perhaps, like me, you thought that applying eyeliner was all about avoiding the Amy Weinhouse look (unless you were Amy, of course) with some kind of less is more mantra and a steady hand. But oh no. Kristen shows us a technique that I for one have never seen before. Here's a clue: bat those lashes! Prepare for one of life's little surprises and get a never fail eye popping technique. And after you've watched this video, check out Kristen's first Makeup Memo on how black eyeliner can age you.
  • January 17, 2012

    by Marta

    I'll second the dewy look how to - I get asked this all the time.

  • January 16, 2012

    by Oksana

    "dewy" look video - all-inclusive. Elegant, fresh look. Eyes, skin, cheeks, lips. JLo-ish.

  • January 16, 2012

    by Kristen Arnett

    All of you are so wonderful! I am thrilled that everyone seems to be excited about the videos, the model and benefiting from the techniques. As far as the lining goes, your main goal is to get the liner in between the roots of the lashes. Some transfer to the lower lid can happen. Do your best to stay on the skin between the each lash rather than on the waterline and that can prevent it from straying. As Oksana suggested, dotting rather than drawing can work beautifully for this. So what other videos would you all like to see?

  • January 7, 2012

    by Oksana

    I tried to "dot" in the lash line, rather than "line" and it worked great! no "smoky effect". tightlining is very much like an eye lift - opens eyes beautifully. love it! best makeup tip of the year!

  • January 6, 2012

    by Gloria

    @Oksana, I am not sure but I also get the same problem sometimes. Probably some of the liner gets under the lash line and transfers. I have had so many compliments since I started doing this. I even had someone ask me if I got an eye lift. Thank you again Kristen for sharing this simple and useful tip.
    The model is lovely Sarah and I totally agree with you.

  • January 4, 2012

    by Sarah

    Yours are the only make-up videos I watch because your lovely model looks like a real woman and not a mannequin (seriously, if a make-up artist can't make a 19 yr old with flawless skin look good,it's time for a new job). I can never find tips for women who look like me - at least not until you joined this site. Thanks Kristen ((and Marta)!

  • January 1, 2012

    by Agelessjen

    I tried this technique for the last two days and LOVE the difference! Thanks so muchi for the's always so difficult to change makeup habits!

  • December 30, 2011

    by Oksana

    agree w/Gloria - eyes look more difined, brighter. however, some of the eyeliner transferred to the waterline of the lower lid - great, if I were looking for a smoky eye. what have I done wrong?

  • December 30, 2011

    by Gloria

    I tried this yesterday and my eyes looked fantastic. Thanks for the tip. I guess I had not ever heard of this, but maybe I had and just didn't understand what the process was. The video was great. Annie I think the process is filling in the rim under and around the lashes. Then lining only the upper 2/3rds after that. i will let kristen or Marta answer for sure because I would like to make sure I am doing correctly as well. From the video that is what I gathered. All I know is my eyes looked great and everyone at the office asked what I did different.

  • December 29, 2011

    by Annie

    This is a fantastic tip, although I'm not sure I'm doing it right. Are you filling in under the lashes on the upper lid? Many thanks

  • December 29, 2011

    by Carol A

    this is called 'tightlining' and I believe it was introduced years ago by Laura Mercier.. it is a lot better than lining your eyes traditionally, as I had been doing.

  • December 28, 2011

    by Michelle G.

    So simple! I've been doing this wrong... well, always!

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