Marlene Rego
Marlene Rego
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Why I Use White Eyeliner as a Base for Shadow

I swore off white eyeliner after 1998, but all it took to jump back on the bandwagon was an open mind and a new way to wear it, thanks to a little backstage beauty inspiration. When I noticed Maybelline Canada lead makeup artist Grace Lee layering a white pencil with black liquid liner backstage at Toronto Fashion Week, I was re-inspired. But instead of wearing white liner on its own, I decided to layer it underneath my shadow to make it more vibrant (something I picked up on YouTube). So I dug NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk out of the beauty graveyard—a.k.a. the reservoir of unused products under my bathroom sink. Here’s how I use it to up my shadow game:

Step 1
Start with an eyeshadow primer, especially if your lids are on the oily side. I swiped a small amount of Smashbox’s 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer over my lids and let it set.

STEP2

Step 2
Dab Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk over both lids and smooth it out with your finger. The pencil has a velvety texture so it really gives shadow something to adhere to and amps up what we beauty junkies like to call colour payoff. Another benefit of using this as a base? It basically acts as a colour corrector and boosts durability.

STEP3

Step 3
Apply shadow over top with a fluffy brush. I used Half Baked from Urban Decay’s Naked palette over the white liner to give my lids a copper look. I noticed a difference when I compared swatches on my hand: one swipe of shadow alone next to the shadow layered on top of the white pencil. Not only was it slightly brighter, but it didn’t budge when I washed my hand—bonus!

Swatches (left one NYX)(with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil on the left)

I also love that this product is such a workhorse. You can use it on your waterline and even underneath concealer for a brightening effect. The moral of this particular story is to never swear off a great beauty reincarnation.

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Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer

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