We Need to Talk About Your Eyeliner

There are some look-at-me trends going on with eyeliner. Whether you’re into bold strokes or more comfortable walking on the edge of a trend, I have something for you.

The new liners and the looks that are shown using them are pretty extreme, but don’t let that scare you.

Here’s how to make the best of what’s out there work for you.

CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner has a paddle-shaped tip that allows you to choose between a thin or a thick line depending on the side you use. The design does the work for you. It’s jet black, glides on and stays put.



The only liquid eyeliner I’ve purchased more than once is “Pretty Easy” by Clinique. It doesn’t dry out and wears beautifully.


Use this brilliant, little brush for the perfect, lash-hugging line: Makeup Geek Bent Liner Brush. Imagine a line from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eye. Follow that line and sweep your liner out and up toward your temple for an open, uplifted look.



So, your left eye looks like an expert did it and your right eye looks like your dog did it. Now what? Plan B. Start blending and turn it into this THE BEST SMOKY EYE EVER!

Here’s a makeup artist’s favorite trick:

Instead of lining the upper lash line on top, go underneath. By going in from the bottom, you fill in the spaces between each lash. Nothing gives more intensity and a fuller looking lash without the heaviness of a line. Keep the waterline clean. This prevents transfer to your lower lashes (and beyond).

You can use a brush with gel liner or a pencil. Angle your brush or pencil upward to reach the inside of your upper lash line. Press the product into your lashes. If using a brush, this is what you need: Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush.



You’ve got to try this: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Street. Make it modern by wearing this deep green on your upper and lower waterline. It will enhance your eye color without overpowering it.



Rich colors and waterproof formulas are fantastic until it’s time to remove them. You’re definitely going to need these: Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Eye Makeup Remover Pads. They really are ultra-soft, they smell great and they work.



Adapt the trends to your comfort level (well, maybe a bit beyond) and you just might find that nothing has ever felt so right.


Tonya Riner

About Tonya Riner

Tonya Riner started doing makeup as a teenager in her two-stoplight hometown in Kansas. From there, she declared herself a professional, and has spent the last twenty-five years on fashion shoots and shows, on both coasts, and in Europe. Tonya's work has been featured in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She was included in Allure Magazine’s Directory as one of the best makeup artists in the United States. Her long list of celebrity clientele includes Heidi Klum, Erin Wasson, Julie Anderson, Rachel Hunter, Chandra North, and Lauren Bush. Backstage, she has worked alongside Frederic Fekkai and Ted Gibson. She was a member of the beauty team for Beyonce’s Blow video. For Tonya, one of the most rewarding parts of her job is spending time, one-on-one, with models and clients. She finds that ordinary barriers fall away within minutes of the start of a makeup session, leaving space for instant intimacy and the shared pursuit of beauty. Connecting with extraordinary people from all walks of life fuels her passion for her work. As a consultant, Tonya works with creative teams to devise strategies for beauty brand product development, most recently for the company, Beauty for Real. She enjoys working with products from both the manufacturing and marketing ends. Moving forward, she would like to be instrumental in the development of the kinds of beauty products she, herself, would want to use.

One Comment
  1. Dori Owen

    Dori Owen

    Great tips–I’m quite eyeliner deprived!
    Going to try at least two.

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