Is there anything sexier than a pair of smoldering eyes, half-veiled by a gorgeous set of dark, full lashes? The “come hither” lashline and accompanying eyeliner have been used to charm the opposite sex with great success since ancient times, and the look of brazen wontoness is coming back in full force this fall. We’re being teased by models with two inches of black liner smeared around the circumference of their eyes as they saunter down the catwalks in Edwardian menswear. It’s adorably gaunt, and while I adore a smoky eye as much as the next girl, what I really long for is a return of the more confidently sexy eye…that clean, classic, dark sweep of black that so neatly frames the upper lashline. It’s a look that is less raw sex, and more ….gourmet sensuality.
On that note, let’s talk about a classic formula: The liquid liner. I’ve gotta sing about a new favorite–It’s a liquid eyeliner which goes on wet, dries down quickly, and stays put. It’s also blacker than black which is great for a classic (top only) lashline, and is drop dead gorgeous when paired with a set of false lashes. (100% human hair, of course)
Zuzu Raven liquid eyeliner is vegan, cruelty free, fragrance free, and WATER RESISTANT!! Here’s where I get excited–It does not contain parabens or petrochemicals. In fact, the ingredients of Zuzu liquid eyeliner (while not organic) are as clean as I’ve EVER seen in a water resistant version of ANYTHING. Here they are: Aqua, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Mica, Jojoba Seed Oil, Bentonite, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Eyebright, Titanium Dioxide, Cellulose Gum, Hectorite, and Potassium Sorbate.
For those shy gals who are wary of liquid eyeliners, I know, I know—the application can be iffy, even for a woman with the steady hands of a surgeon. The problem with liquid liners has always been two fold; first, the brush is difficult to control and you wind up with an uneven line and second, the fluid dries so quickly that by the time you realize your mistake, you’ve got a permanent map of Indonesia scrawled across your eyelid.
So here’s a trick: Use your OWN eyeliner brush.
You simply need a short, fine, SYNTHETIC brush with which to create your most perfect lashline. Dip it directly into the Zuzu pot, wipe the side of the brush against the lip of the pot to remove excess ink, and make small dashes along the lashline. DON’T attempt to draw a perfectly straight line–YOUR EYE IS NOT A STRAIGHT LINE!! Make little dashes at the base of the lashline (where lashes meet skin) starting from the outside of the eye and allow the dashes to become finer and finer as you reach the inner corner of your eye. Make a mistake? Keep a wet q-tip on hand for quickie fixes.
Remember, it’s not a race. You’ve got plenty of time. Black eyeliner will never look fabulous at 9 o’clock on a Monday morning when you’re running late for work. So save it for 5 o’clock on a Thursday evening, when you’re running late for cocktails. If you’ve done a good job, you shouldn’t get compliments on your eyeliner. You should get compliments on your eyes.