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Winkleman effect

So as I sat doing my make up this morning I am applying my eye shadow, feeling pretty blummin’ fab knowing yeah looking good… Then comes the eye liner, you’re on a roll and channelling your inner Dita Von Teese, you know those flicks are going to be perfect, just this once they will be perfect… Yes you’re doing it, you’re so focused you can see it’s perfect…

Then you step back and look… and you look more Claudia Winkleman then Dita Von Teese… Worse is you have just five minutes before needing to be out that door for the school run so you have no choice but to just make do.

I searched the internet and blogosphere for an answer to my make up catastrophe and I found some tips for those of us who are perhaps more challenged with the eye liner brush…

In an interview with Cosmopolitan Dita Von Teese shared some of her make up tips;

C: Do you apply your own makeup? If so, how do you apply your eyeliner?

D: My tips are mostly about, ‘ok it’s not always going to be perfect, it takes a lot of practise, you have to find what’s easier for you’. Like some people like to use a really sharp pencil, I can’t use a pencil at all, I really screw it up. I use liquid liner and a small brush or a gel liner with a thin brush. I think it’s really about spending a lot of time figuring out the SHAPE, looking with the mirror in different directions, different angles to see that you’re on the right track. It’s one of those things that you have to keep practising. Even when I don’t wear my eyeliner for a little while, which happens a lot, I’ll spend the week working around the house and I don’t go out or anything. I find it becomes harder to draw, even though I’ve been drawing eyeliner for 20 years! It’s just something you have to practice all the time. Practice makes perfect and you can’t expect to be able to do it perfectly every time. You have to accept failure and accept it’s not ALWAYS perfect. – Dita Von Teese, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Nov 2011 Read More Here

So practice practice practice seems to be the advice here, but what about those of us who practice daily but still end up with an undefined blob where our perfect wingtip should be what can we do?

Payal Thaker of Your Beauty Pal shared her video solution

Payal Thaker – Find this and more at My Beauty Pal 

Another solution which I think I may be feeling partial to trying is the selotape method, this is simular to the Credit Card Method, where you use the edge of a card to draw that perfect line, well that’s what is claimed however mine still didn’t end up like that, I suspect because of having to use a hand to hold it in place. But the selotape is stuck to your face keeping both hands  free to apply those wing tips

Though Tynan Sinks over at xoJane is certainly not convinced that the sellotape method is much cop, however I think I would certainly give it a go, though watching his video I know I will use a cheap sellotape which will have less adhesive as it did look uncomfortable as he pulled it off, he also suggested sticking it to his trousers first to reduce the tack.

I would however be more than interested in your eyeliner successes and fails and please share any tips you have found that works.

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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