Monday, July 7, 2014

Ask Kaylin: Best Vegan Waterproof Eyeliners for Inner Rims

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I love gentle eyeliners, but sometimes they wear off too quickly. This problem can usually be solved with a little eye primer, but it's a different situation for your waterline. Reader Kelly recently wrote in to ask about lining her inner rims.

Do you know of a good eyeliner for inner rims? I've tried everything but they always seem to disappear or give me raccoon!

There are a few techniques you can use to achieve a precise, long-lasting eyeliner look for your inner rims:
  1.  Line your inner rims with a waterproof pencil. Look for a long-lasting, waterproof pencil, such as Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (most of which are vegan and rate a low 2 on the EWG Skin Deep database) or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Colour Pencil in Tarred (vegan and about a moderately low 3 on the EWG database). To line inner rims, gently lift your upper lid and line beneath the lashes. Then gently pull your lower lid and line above the lashes. If any irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately; your eyes are a sensitive area.
  2. Use a waterproof pencil or cream on your lash line. Seal in makeup on your inner rims by using a waterproof pencil (such as those mentioned above) or a cream such as Christopher Drummond Beauty Cream to Powder Eyeliner (a low 1 on the EWG database). For a more affordable option, try Zosimos Botanicals' Cream Shadow in Natural Black (tester here; also a low 1 on the EWG database). Line your upper lash line and lower lash line to form a barrier around your waterline. If using a pencil, make sure to sharpen so you can line flush against the lashes.
  3. Set your eyeliner with powder. Using an angled eyeliner brush, trace over the eyeliner on your upper and lower lash lines (outer edges of your eye). Use a matte black eye shadow or eyeliner, such as Alima Pure's Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black (a low 1 on the EWG database). This step is particularly important for creams (that don't set like a cream-to-powder). This will help prevent smudging.
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