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:
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.
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.
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!
(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.