We hear you, thin and sparse lashes are something not only mascara can fix. That’s why so many girls have turned to using lash extensions to define their eyes without having to draw on eyeliner. But let’s face it, your next trip to the salon to get extensions might take a while, as these kind of services revise and improve their health protocols to be called safe in the “new normal”.
Korean beauty vlogger Coco Riley has a clever technique to define your eyes and lashes—not with mascara but with liner. According to the K-beauty guru, sparse lashes often expose your waterline more, which makes it look like you’ve got a lot of skin showing through on top of your iris. Coco’s subtle yet effective waterline method suggests drawing a faint line that looks so natural and seamless. It’s perfect for girls who love that “no-makeup” makeup look!
Below, we’ve listed down the four best tips to achieving this natural eyeliner look according to Coco Riley’s video tutorial:
Determine how much of your waterline is visibly seen.
Coco suggests checking the density of your lashes versus your waterline, and the direction of growth of your lashes. If you have sparse lashes pointing upward, you’ll notice that you can see so much more skin peeking through compared to lashes that point downward. The beauty vlogger points out that you only need to fill in those gaps in your waterline where your lashes can’t cover.
1. Opt for a liquid or gel eyeliner in dark brown.
The easiest and smudge-proof way to achieve this look is dependent on your liner. The vlogger suggests using a liquid or gel pot-type liner (applies with a brush) for this method. She points out that although pencil liners are easy to use, they tend to smudge easily. For a more natural effect, avoid using black, too. A dark cool brown color will work best.
2. Use your finger or the end of a brush to lift your upper lid and expose your waterline. Draw your liner in slow and stamping motions.
You’re not aiming for a clean sleek line, but you’re rather filling in the waterline to give off the illusion of defined eyes. Coco tells you to take your time. Stamping using a brush tip liner will make the process easier. Remember to start at the center of your waterline, and then slowly drawing out the line with short strokes towards the corners of your eye.
3. Apply dark brown shadow right on top of your lashes, and smudge it out. This will make your liner look softer and more natural.
With a small flat brush, pick a neutral brown shadow and line your lashes with it. Make sure to do this as if smudging the shadow on and not creating a definite line. This will tone down your liner and create a subtle gradation of color unto your lid.
Watch the full tutorial here to follow her easy step-by-step!